Published: Wed, September 19, 2018

Associated Press Showdown between Kavanaugh, accuser scheduled for next week

Associated Press Showdown between Kavanaugh, accuser scheduled for next week

He said he would have shared the letter with fellow Democrats on the Judiciary Committee while redacting identifying information and said Feinstein should have asked Kavanaugh about his character during hearings.

Senate Republicans are pushing forward with plans for a showdown Monday between Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and a woman who accused him of sexual assault in high school, but Democrats want more time and testimony.

She said Kavanaugh, "stumbling drunk", threw her down on a bed, grinding his body against hers and trying to pull off her one-piece bathing suit and the clothing she was wearing over it. Ford said when she tried to scream, he put his hand over her mouth. Republicans have been careful to be seen as giving Ford a chance to be heard, mindful that outright dismissal of her accusation could hurt on Election Day.

The FBI conducts background checks for federal nominees but the agency does not make judgments on the credibility or significance of allegations, according to a Justice Department statement Monday night.

The sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh recall Anita Hill's accusations against Clarence Thomas in 1991, but there are important differences as well as cautions for senators considering how to deal with the allegations. "So it kind of raises the they want to come to (the) public hearing or not?"

As Senate majority leader, Kentucky's Mitch McConnell has been a ruthless, vindictive partisan whose top priority is sticking it to Democrats-not the wellbeing of the country.

The move would delay a planned vote in the Judiciary Committee on Thursday to advance Kavanaugh's confirmation.

Democrats, already fiercely opposed to Kavanaugh, whose confirmation could consolidate the conservative grip on the top US court, had demanded a delay in the committee's vote to let the FBI investigate.

Trump picked Kavanaugh to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, a conservative who sometimes sided with the court's liberal wing.

He added there would be a public hearing next Monday "to give these recent allegations a full airing".

Kavanaugh, 53, has vehemently denied the accusation.

"It's been hard for Blasey Ford over the years, [Blasey Ford] told [Rebecca] White, because the judge's name would come up as 'a super powerful guy and he might be a contender for a Supreme Court position one day'".

"We're looking to get this done as soon as possible", Trump told reporters at the White House.

Democrats have said that Ford asked for anonymity in a letter she sent to her congresswoman, Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., detailing the incident.

Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee have urged for hearings to be delayed in light of these allegations, and questioned why Committee Chair Chuck Grassley had chosen Kavanaugh and Ford as the only two witnesses to testify.

The letter also confirmed earlier reports that Ford, a mother of two teenagers, was targeted with death threats after she came forward with her allegations against Kavanaugh. "I've said from the beginning that these are very serious allegations and she deserves to be heard".

Trump said at a news conference that a sex attack allegation against Kavanaugh is "shame" and referred to the judge whose nomination is hanging on by a thread as a 'great gentleman'.

"I have never done anything like what the accuser describes - to her or to anyone", he said in a statement.

Ford has said she was willing to testify.

And in a mocking tone, Trump, Jr. said of Kavanaugh, "Oh, boy, the Dems and their usual nonsense games really have him on the ropes now".

Some Democratic lawmakers have also called for an FBI investigation.

That's exactly what Republicans are implying - often gently and without expressly calling Ford a liar. "If they wanted to be, I would certainly do that", the president said.

"We still haven't heard from Dr. Ford, so do they want to have the hearing or not?"

"We should honor Dr. Blasey Ford's wishes and delay this hearing", Feinstein said in a statement on Tuesday.

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