Published: Thu, September 20, 2018
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Kavanaugh accuser's colleagues point to her integrity

Kavanaugh accuser's colleagues point to her integrity

The cause of McConnell's ire was the late-breaking allegation from Christine Blasey Ford, a research psychologist, that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers, a charge that threatens to upend a confirmation which seemed assured just days ago. "I really would want to see what she has to say".

Mr Trump reiterated his defense of Judge Kavanaugh, who strongly denies the allegation. In the letter, Ford said she had received medical treatment after the assault, adding that "it is upsetting to discuss sexual assault and its repercussions, yet I felt guilty and compelled as a citizen about the idea of not saying anything".

He has also cast fresh doubt on whether the alleged attack even happened. "We'll have to make a decision".

Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, said, "I just want to say to the men of this country, 'Just shut up and step up.' Do the right thing for a change". That's it. I don't have more to say on the subject, ' she wrote.

According to the Washington Post, Ford, who had also contacted the newspaper in July, chose to go public after it became clear people were learning her identity. They said her family had relocated.

"Dr. Ford's call for the FBI to investigate also demonstrates her confidence that when all the facts are examined by an impartial investigation, her account will be further corroborated and confirmed", Schumer said in a statement.

On Monday, Republicans abruptly agreed to hold a public hearing on Ford's accusation under pressure from senators demanding that the nominee and his accuser give public, sworn testimony before any vote.

The confirmation fight comes just weeks before November 6 congressional elections in which Democrats seek to win control of Congress from Trump's fellow Republicans.

Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley said Professor Blasey Ford's chance to tell her story would be on Monday, when she could do so publicly or behind closed doors. "They've delayed a major hearing", Trump said.

But Trump said ahead of his news conference, "I don't think the Federal Bureau of Investigation should be involved because they don't want to be involved". "If she shows up and makes a credible showing, that would be very interesting".

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A registered Democrat, Ford contacted her representative in Congress, Democrat Ann Eshoo, around the same time. Kavanaugh allegedly put a hand over the girl's mouth, held her down and attempted to force himself on her.

"I understand that I have been identified by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford as the person she remembers as "PJ" who supposedly was present at the party she described in her statements to the Washington Post", Smyth, who graduated the same year as Kavanaugh from Georgetown Prep in North Bethesda, Maryland, said in the letter that was obtained by CNN.

Trump did not comment directly on Ford's claim that a drunken Kavanaugh and one of his friends trapped her in a room and attempted to pull her clothes off at a high school party in 1982.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies during the third day of his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, the U.S., September 6, 2018.

Senator Lindsey Graham has accused Democrats of using their calls for an FBI investigation as a ploy.

Ms Collins and Alaskan Senator Lisa Murkowski are moderate Republicans who have voted with Democrats in the past, making them possible swing votes when it comes to Judge Kavanaugh.

Ford has said she wants the FBI to investigate her accusation before she would testify.

The looming showdown is reminiscent of Anita Hill's accusation in 1991 that Clarence Thomas - a Supreme Court nominee then serving on the same federal appeals court - sexually harassed her in the workplace when he was in his 30s.

Ford's allegations come almost a year after the #MeToo movement was popularised following the numerous allegations of sexual misconduct by Hollywood Producer Harvey Weinstein, who has since been charged with rape and other sexual crimes.

The furious jockeying over Ford's testimony underscores the political potency so close to an election that will decide control of both the House and Senate, not to mention the confirmation of a conservative justice likely to serve on the high court for decades. Kavanaugh has denied Ford's allegation and has said he's willing to appear before the committee.

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