Democrats Calls To Delay Kavanaugh Vote After His Accuser Goes Public

Kavanaugh denies high school assault allegation

However, top Republicans seemed to be trying to limit any new testimony by Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, to telephone interviews. Kavanaugh has denied it.

Ford says she didn't talk about the incident until a couples therapy session with her husband in 2012.

As Democrats, led by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY, called for a delay in the vote, two committee Republicans - all 11 on the GOP side are men - Sens.

He demanded to know why Feinstein had "waited almost three months" to hand over the letter to federal authorities and why she had "politely pantomimed her way" through confirmation hearings with no mention of it.

"I thought he might inadvertently kill me", said Ford, who is now 51 years old and lives in northern California.

"The rush to a hearing is unnecessary, and contrary to the Committee discovering the truth", the Post quoted Lisa Banks, a lawyer for Kavanaugh's accuser Christine Blasey Ford, as saying.

The future trajectory of Kavanaugh's nomination is especially hard to predict because of the change in how alleged sexual assaults are now handled in public life, following a long series of scandals that have felled key figures in politics, the media and Hollywood in recent months.

Underscoring the raw political divisions prompted by the Kavanaugh fight, Feinstein said she'd only learned of the hearing on Twitter. She also has questioned the speed of the hearing and the fact that there will be only two witnesses, Kavanaugh and Ford. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, told NBC News that Ford is "mixed up", and called Kavanaugh "honest" and "straightforward". Dianne Feinstein since July, but it only recently surfaced.

The 10 Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee penned a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray and White House Counsel Don McGahn on Tuesday arguing that the FBI needs to complete an investigation before the hearing is scheduled to take place on Monday.

- President Donald Trump's nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court was thrust into turmoil Sunday after the woman accusing him of high school-era sexual misconduct told her story publicly for the first time.

Republican Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley said that it was "disturbing" that such "uncorroborated" allegations had emerged ahead of the committee vote.

Spokesman Taylor Foy had no new information about the committee's planned vote.

While Flake said he wanted to hear from Ford, he did not suggest Kavanaugh's nomination should be withdrawn.

Democrats, led by New York Sen. The statement also blasted Democrats' "tactics and motives" for bringing the allegations to light just days before the committee is set to vote.

Kavanaugh Hearing to Address Sex Assault Allegation Uncertain for Monday, Sources Say
Ford's story has not been corroborated, and many of Kavanaugh's former classmates are speaking out against these accusations. Ms Ford detailed her allegation in a letter sent in July to Senator Dianne Feinstein, the committee's top Democrat.

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the woman who accused him of a 1982 sexual assault will be called to testify in the Senate next Monday, complicating what had appeared to be a smooth confirmation process. Kavanaugh has denied the accusations. Kavanaugh replied "no" to her questions. Collins now. Let her know you care about protections under the Affordable Care Act and urge her to vote against the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

Dianne Feinstein of California, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, also says the FBI should investigate now that Christine Blasey Ford has spoken to The Washington Post in an article posted Sunday.

At this stage, there is no indication that Kavanaugh's nomination is under threat, owing to the GOP Senate majority and the huge incentive for Republicans to cement a conservative majority on the nation's top bench.

Without Flake's support, the Senate could have to bypass the Judiciary Committee and directly vote on Kavanaugh's nomination.

Feinstein says she believed from the outset that the allegations were "extremely serious" and "bear heavily" on Kavanaugh's character.

Republicans control the Senate by only a narrow margin, meaning any defections could sink the nomination and deal a major setback to Trump, who has been engaged in a so-far successful effort since becoming president past year to move the Supreme Court and broader federal judiciary to the right.

Speaking publicly for the first time, Ford said that one summer in the early 1980s, Kavanaugh and a friend - both "stumbling drunk, " Ford alleges - corralled her into a bedroom during a gathering of teenagers at a house in Montgomery County. Kavanaugh has denied the accusation.

Ford said she told her husband after they were married in 2002 that she had been the victim of physical abuse.

But Doug Jones of Alabama says there's time for lawmakers to investigate.

Kavanaugh and Ford had each indicated earlier Monday a willingness to testify to the Judiciary committee.

If the White House withdrew the nomination or Kavanaugh bowed out, the Senate would not have enough time to confirm a justice before the start of the new court session October 1, leaving it with eight justices as Anthony Kennedy has retired.

Kavanaugh attended a private school for boys in Maryland while Ford attended a nearby school.

Making headlines in 1991 as much as Hill's sensational harassment charges was the assertion from women's rights advocates that senators failed to realize the magnitude of harassment women endure in the workplace.

Grassley's office told the Associated Press that it was possible committee members might have a bipartisan call with Ford, though nothing final had been announced as of Sunday evening.

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