Kavanaugh Accuser Christine Blasey Ford Willing to Testify Next Week

Senate Majority Leader Mitch Mc Connell speaks to the 2018 Values Voters Summit in Washington on Friday

Ford alleges that more than 30 years ago, when she and Kavanaugh were teenagers in high school, he sexually assaulted her at a party - holding her down, groping her, attempting to remove her clothes and putting his hand over her mouth when she tried to shout.

Ford spoke to no one of her experience until 2012 when she and her husband discussed it in therapy.

Ford said that Kavanaugh and his male friend, who were reportedly drunk, laughed.

But Ford has been pushing to delay the hearing until Thursday because she does not like to fly, according to CNN.

"TAKE THE VOTE!" Trump tweeted, blaming "radical left wing politicians" for the controversy. Trump, a confessed sexual abuser, tweeted that if Professor Christine Blasey Ford's alleged assault was "that bad", then she should have come forward when it allegedly occurred.

Shortly after Trump's tweet, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, expressed his determination to get Kavanaugh confirmed. "The FBI could have talked to alleged witnesses, but because that was not made public until after the FBI investigation had closed, until after the hearing, that's what's caused this situation".

A scheduled Thursday vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation was delayed in order for members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to hear directly from Ford. Kavanaugh denies the allegation.

"You watched the fight, you watched the tactics, but here is what I want to tell you - in the very near future, Judge Kavanaugh will be on the United States Supreme Court", McConnell told the Value Voters Summit, prompting a standing ovation. The reports also said Ford's lawyers wanted Kavanaugh to appear separately first and that she wanted to be questioned by senators, not outside counsel. "Number two, I think President Trump's tweet is exactly the reason why victims don't report to law enforcement - because victims are anxious about whether or not they will be believed".

The tweet was Trump's strongest indication of support for Brett Kavanaugh yet, after the president had spent much of the week vowing he would listen respectfully to Ford's allegations.

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Senator Dean Heller, a Nevada Republican, sounded bullish about the prospects of confirming the nominee, who would be expected to bring a more conservative tilt to America's highest court.

Attorney Debra Katz said Professor Ford, 51, a psychology professor in California, had received death threats and for safety reasons had relocated her family.

Ford went public with her accusation over the weekend in a Washington Post interview and said Monday through her lawyer that she was ready to testify.

Democrats want Ford's story to carry the imprimatur of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, even if, 30 years after the fact, investigators might not be able to do much more than take the statements of people involved.

By refusing to call Mark Judge as a witness, and refusing to direct the FBI to investigate, Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the president are in lockstep. Facts don't matter. I go through this with them every single day in D.C.

"We know allegations of sexual assault are one of the most unreported crimes that exist", Collins said, according to the Portland Press Herald.

Asked if she believes Ford's account, Kessinger responded, "I believe that something may have happened to this woman ... but I don't believe Brett Kavanaugh committed those allegations". "I never once saw information in those files misused for political purposes or ignored", Mr. Nunziata says, and he cites a "handful" of nominations that did not move forward because of troubling background information.

President Donald Trump has challenged the woman who has accused his Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault, demanding she provide evidence.

"If [Senators] come to the determination that her claims are credible, if they feel that there's a question there, that she should be taken seriously, maybe the conclusion is that there are other qualified people to be on the Supreme Court", Wigdor says.

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