Trump says he wants to hear from Kavanaugh accuser

One of the reactions to Christine Blasey Ford's request that the FBI investigate her claim that Brett Kavanaugh attempted to sexually assault her at a party back in high school has been that the FBI doesn't do investigations like that.

The Senate Judiciary Committee, which oversees Supreme Court nominations, is due to meet next Monday and has invited Ms Ford and Mr Kavanaugh to testify. A woman named Christine Blasey Ford alleges that he sexually assaulted her in high school.

A former classmate of Ford's also came forward on Wednesday to say that she remembers hearing about the alleged assault, but added that she has no first-hand information to corroborate the allegations.

Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, said, "I just want to say to the men of this country, 'Just shut up and step up.' Do the right thing for a change".

"In fact, I have no memory of this alleged incident", Judge said in his statement to the committee.

Professor Blasey Ford's lawyers say their client has been the target of "vicious harassment and even death threats" since coming forward. Her family has relocated, they said.

Ford is open to testifying to lawmakers, but not before the FBI investigates the matter, one of her lawyers, Lisa Banks, said Tuesday night.

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. A substantial delay could push confirmation past the November elections - when Democrats have a shot at winning Senate control - plus allow more time for unforeseen problems to pop up.

They dismissed the possibility of an FBI investigation and urged Blasey to tell her story during the committee's scheduled hearing on Monday, either publicly or behind closed doors. "They've delayed a major hearing", Trump said.

She said: "He was trying to attack me and remove my clothing".

"I feel so badly for him that he's going through this", Trump said during the joint news conference with Polish President Andrzej Duda.


"If she shows up and makes a credible showing that'll be very interesting".

Ford's lawyers have asked the FBI to investigate her charge - that a drunken Kavanaugh groped her and tried to remove her clothes at a party when they were both teenagers more than three decades ago - before she agrees to appear at the hearing, but Republicans have refused to go along.

Ford, a California psychology professor, told The Washington Post Kavanaugh groped her at a suburban Washington house party when she was 15 and he was 17.

The woman who accuses US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of attempting to rape her will not testify to the Senate next week, says her lawyer.

Democrats decried Republicans' plans to push ahead with the hearing without seeking a full FBI investigation.

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

The move forced Republicans to put off a planned committee vote for Thursday on Kavanaugh's nomination.

Anita Hill - whose allegation against Clarence Thomas has drawn endless parallels with the Ford-Kavanaugh controversy - says the accuser must not be hurried.

Republicans are suggesting that Ford will have one chance to testify, and one chance only. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) to testify Monday.

President Trump issued his most forceful defense yet of his embattled Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh on Tuesday.

Judge Thomas was narrowly confirmed and he remains a Supreme Court justice.


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