Kavanaugh and accuser to testify in Senate

Trump aide says sex claim against Brett Kavanaugh should be heard

Trump aide says sex claim against Brett Kavanaugh should be heard

Sixty-five women who say they have known Kavanaugh for over three decades also defended his character in the form of a letter sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday, before Ford came forward publicly.

Conway, one of the highest-ranking women in the West Wing, said she'd "spoken at length" with Trump about the allegations. Katz said, "I would say no one in their right mind regardless of their motive would want to inject themselves into this process and face the kind of annihilation that she will be subjected to by those who want this nominee to go through".

"She's willing to testify under oath", the senator said.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, also said in a tweet by a CNN reporter that the vote to consider Kavanaugh might have to be delayed: "This is not something that came up during the hearings". Judge Kavanaugh and the White House both stand by that statement, ' White House spokesperson Kerri Kupec said in a statement on Monday morning.

With Mr Kavanaugh's once-safe nomination for a lifetime job on the top USA court now appearing in jeopardy, the conservative federal appeals court judge had meetings at the White House and issued a fresh denial calling the assault allegation "completely false".

"I don't think the Federal Bureau of Investigation really should be involved because they don't want to be involved".

"I thought he might inadvertently kill me", she told The Washington Post.

"Because this never happened, I had no idea who was making this accusation until she identified herself yesterday. I never saw Brett act that way".

Kavanaugh has forcefully denied the sexual assault accusations Ford alleged took place while the two were in high school.

Sen. Susan Collins, Maine Republican and a key swing vote on the Kavanaugh confirmation, wrote a letter proposing that in addition to senators, lawyers for Judge Kavanaugh and Ms. Blasey Ford cross-examine the other.

'She's not taking a position on this. "What is puzzling to me is the Democrats, by not bringing this out earlier, after having had this information for more than six weeks, have managed to cast a cloud of doubt on both the professor and the judge", Collins said. I don't know about the other party.

Ford's allegations come almost a year after the #MeToo movement was popularised following the numerous allegations of sexual misconduct by Hollywood Producer Harvey Weinstein, who has since been charged with rape and other sexual crimes. Dianne Feinstein of California, had a letter from Ford outlining the alleged attack.

President Donald Trump telegraphed earlier Monday that that schedule might slow.

All 10 Democratic Party members of the Senate Judiciary Committee are calling for the panel's Republican chairman to postpone Thursday's planned vote on Kavanaugh.

Because Republicans hold a 51-to-49 majority in the Senate, they can only afford to lose two votes against Kavanaugh's nomination.

Senate Republicans have decided Kavanaugh should defend himself, and he is ready to do so. Given the politics, given energized women voters, given the new climate about sexual harassment, "it's very important that they give due respect to Dr. Ford".

Joe Biden, the most senior Democrat on the Judiciary Committee at the time, later apologised for not doing enough to investigate Hill's allegations during the hearings.

Underscoring the raw political divisions prompted by the Kavanaugh fight, Feinstein said she'd only learned of the hearing on Twitter. But now we know her name, know more details of what she would say, and know that she is willing to come forward and tell her story.

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