Published: Thu, September 20, 2018

Orrin Hatch says Kavanaugh accuser may be 'mixed up'

Orrin Hatch says Kavanaugh accuser may be 'mixed up'

Ford and Kavanaugh both agreed to testify under oath before the committee. Republicans want to stay on track - aiming for a confirmation vote before October 1, when the court begins its new term. Speaking to reporters on Monday, President Trump said, "if it takes a little delay, it'll take a little delay".

Ford said she will participate in any proceedings she is invited to participate in.

Ford's lawyer, Debra Katz, told CNN on Monday that her client would be willing to testify in public to the Senate Judiciary Committee. On Sunday, The Washington Post published an interview with Ford.

Ford says a drunken Kavanaugh forced himself on her, tried to remove her clothing and put his hand over her mouth when she tried to scream.

Last week, Feinstein said in a news release that she had information about Kavanaugh but was keeping it confidential at the request of the individual who provided the information.

Now, both Republicans and Democrats are searching for a fair way for her to make her allegations and for Judge Kavanaugh to respond.

A spokesperson for the Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity, which has already spent heavily on pro-Kavanaugh ads, said in a statement Monday that "any allegation of this type should be taken seriously, however, we are not going to speculate on media reports". I dated him in college and he was and is nothing like the person who has been described.

Kavanaugh had issued a similar statement on Friday, before the identity of his accuser was made public.

President Trump defended his nominee, noting that Kavanaugh had been vetted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on half a dozen occasions.

"Never even had a little blemish on his record", Mr. Trump said.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell slammed the "irregular" process by which Democrats have raised sexual misconduct allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a nominee to the Supreme Court. He told reporters at the White House: "If it takes a little delay, it will take a little delay". "I don't think she did it for political reasons". I'd like everybody to be very happy.

Kavanaugh has "categorically" denied those allegations, a denial repeated Monday by the White House. "This woman will be heard".

Some Republicans have suggested they want to hear from Ford before moving forward with a scheduled Senate Judiciary Committee vote on Thursday. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) in July sharing her concerns.

It's unclear whether phone interviews would be sufficient to address questions from some of Grassley's GOP colleagues. Sen.

Republicans at first seemed determined to avoid a public airing of the allegations against Kavanaugh and on Monday began a vociferous defense of the judge. Collins is considered to be a potential swing vote in the Senate and has not yet said if she intends to support Kavanaugh's nomination. Even if Democrats peel off the one Republican vote to not recommend Kavanaugh to the full Senate, Republicans have another option.

"No one in their right mind regardless of their motives would want to inject themselves into this process and face the kind of violation that she will be subjected to by those who want this nominee to go though. Many of us are survivors ourselves".

"I agree with Sen". And he criticized Democrats, who he said should have "done this a lot sooner because they had this information for many months".

Sens. Jeff Flake, Ariz., and Bob Corker, Tenn., Republicans who are retiring at the end of this term, have joined Democrats in urging a delay in the vote until the committee hears from Ford. Murkowski said Ford's story "must be taken seriously". September 12: The Intercept reported that Feinstein is in possession of a letter detailing an accusation against Kavanaugh and that she would not provide the letter to other members of the committee. But faced with a growing #MeToo movement, they are also sensitive about appearances. Ford didn't go to the same high school (Georgetown Visitation) as the other two women, but she was loosely in the same social circle and attended some of their gatherings.

If the Judiciary committee's timetable slips further, it would become increasingly hard for Republicans to schedule a vote before the November 6 elections, in which congressional control will be at stake.

Banks said Ford struggled "mightily" with the decision to alert lawmakers to the alleged incident.

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