Published: Fri, September 21, 2018

McConnell Tells Conservatives To 'Keep The Faith' On Kavanaugh Confirmation

McConnell Tells Conservatives To 'Keep The Faith' On Kavanaugh Confirmation

President Donald Trump this morning took to Twitter to blame "radical left wing politicians" for Christine Blasey Ford's sexual assault accusation against his Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.

Democratic Rep. Anna Eshoo (EH'-shoo) told The Associated Press on Friday accuser Christine Blasey (BLAH'-zee) Ford "has an inner strength".

He has categorically denied her allegations, which suddenly put Kavanaugh's nomination on hold, as lawmakers seek answers.

Eshoo relayed the accusation to Sen.

His approval by the Judiciary Committee and the Republican-majority Senateappeared to be an nearly certainty until The Washington Post published its interview with Ford, who is now a California psychology professor. Kavanaugh has agreed to go.

Ford told The Washington Post she told no one at the time what had happened to her, and was terrified of punishment from her parents if they realized she had been at a party where underage drinking was happening.

Trump said the judge had "tremendous support", much like his first Supreme Court pick, Justice Neil Gorsuch. "So my friends, keep the faith and don't get rattled by all of this". According to Dr Ford, Mark Judge observed the assault and drunkenly jumped on top of Kavanaugh while he was assaulting her, giving Ford the opportunity to escape.

"Since the moment I first heard the allegation", he said in a statement on Thursday, "I have categorically and unequivocally denied it".

McConnell continues to back Kavanaugh, saying that "President Trump has nominated a stunningly successful individual". Trump continued, "I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!"

Taylor Foy, spokesman for Republicans who control the committee, said in a written statement, "We are happy that Dr. Ford's attorneys are now engaging with the Committee".

"If the White House were to ask the FBI to reopen its file and go conduct the investigation, the FBI could do that", he said.

They argue they've given every opportunity for Ford to get her story directly to the Judiciary Committee without the involvement of the Federal Bureau of Investigation - either to committee staffers or to members.

"And I think everything's going to be just fine", he added.

It will also place Ford, a 51-year-old California professor who had lived a quiet life before she publicly accused Kavanaugh of a physical sexual attack when they were in high school, at the center of a political and media firestorm.

The stakes are high.

Senate Republicans are likely to propose moving a committee hearing on sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to Wednesday, CNN reported, citing two sources familiar with the negotiations.

Democrats have tried using the issue to demonstrate that Republicans treat women unfairly, their eyes on upcoming elections in which suburban, anti-Trump female voters could be pivotal in many races. Sen. She says she can relate to women who say they've been mistreated by men and understands why it might take years to come forward with such allegations. She has said she believes Ford.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley had scheduled a hearing for Monday, and said if Ford wanted to appear she must notify the committee by 10 a.m. on Friday.

If Ford opts not to testify, Kavanaugh's chances for confirmation in the Republican-led Senate could be boosted, with senators in Trump's party so far remaining largely supportive.

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