Published: Wed, September 19, 2018

Trump Says It's 'Very Hard For Me To Imagine' Kavanaugh Accusations

Trump Says It's 'Very Hard For Me To Imagine' Kavanaugh Accusations

"No... legitimate investigation is going to happen between now and Monday". "We'll have to make a decision".

Christine Blasey Ford, a university professor in California, has accused Mr Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in 1982 when both were high school students in suburban Maryland.

The Justice Department has said the Federal Bureau of Investigation sent Ford's initial letter making the allegation against Kavanaugh to the White House and considers its role in the matter complete. Kavanaugh has had that background check.

"I am issuing this statement today to make it clear to all involved that I have no knowledge of the party in question; nor do I have any knowledge of the allegations of improper conduct she has leveled against Brett Kavanaugh".

"If she shows up, that would be wonderful", he said of Monday's planned hearing.

"It's a process, and we all feel - speaking for all of the Republicans - we feel that we want to go through this process and we want to give everybody a chance to say what they have to say". That underscores a desire to avoid antagonizing female voters at a time when the #MeToo movement has made sexual abuse a major political dynamic.

Signaling that the GOP remained determined to move ahead, Sen.

Those demands are "not about finding the truth, but delaying the process until after the midterm elections", Graham, a Judiciary panel member, said in a statement.

Patrick J. Smyth sent a letter to Republican Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley and top Democrat Dianne Feinstein in which he denied seeing any "improper conduct" by Kavanaugh, a classmate at Georgetown Preparatory School, according to CNN, which obtained a copy of the letter.

"There is a law enacted almost 150 years ago that says that the Supreme Court shall consist of nine justices, which also presumes that when a vacancy occurs, the President will nominate a replacement and the Senate will provide advice and consent".

"I am willing to talk to the Senate Judiciary Committee in any way the Committee deems appropriate to refute this false allegation, from 36 years ago, and defend my integrity", he said in the statement.

As it turns out, it's not true that the FBI doesn't do investigations like this.

Fellow Republican Susan Collins of ME said on Wednesday that she hopes Prof Ford "will reconsider and testify" on Monday. The Senate must confirm nominees to lifetime posts on the Supreme Court.

"I think we all know when a situation is stacked", Sen. "This is a situation that is stacked".

In a tweet Tuesday night, Trump wrote: "The Supreme Court is one of the main reasons I got elected President".

What are Trump and other Republicans saying?

"No one believes you", read one message Ford received, a source close to her told the newspaper.

"They did not raise it in the closed session, the proper forum where such an allegation could have been addressed with discretion and sensitivity", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on the Senate floor Monday. "The invitation for Monday still stands".

Democrats came out in support of Ford, saying the matter needs more time for investigation.

The Free Beacon picked up some of her additional comments as she put on a sweeping media tour regarding the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

That the committee "still lacks a protocol for vetting sexual harassment and assault claims that surface during a confirmation hearing suggests that the committee has learned little from the Thomas hearing", she concluded, "much less the more recent #MeToo movement".

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