Christine Blasey Ford, the college professor who has accused U.S. President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, is asking for an FBI investigation before a Senate hearing, multiple media outlets reported Tuesday. "Many of us are survivors ourselves", the letter reads.
Ford, a research psychologist at Palo Alto University in northern California, has accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her more than 30 years ago, at a high school party when both were teenagers.
On Tuesday, Ford's lawyers sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is handling Kavanaugh's confirmation, insisting that the FBI investigate her charge before she testifies to the committee.
Christine Blasey Ford is due to give evidence a Judiciary Committee hearing next week.
Corker, who isn't a member of the panel, also doesn't want the committee to vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation until Ford's allegations can be heard, said spokeswoman Micah Johnson.
Overall, conservatives have pushed back on the accusation and any investigation of the behavior described in the letter. When Judge jumped on the two, apparently "rough-housing", Ford said she managed to get away.
"Nothing the Federal Bureau of Investigation or any other investigator does would have any bearing on what Dr. Ford tells the committee, so there is no reason for any further delay", he said. He also hired outside investigators to look into complaints and introduced a resolution to expel Democratic Sen.
"We stand by our comments the night Judge Kavanaugh was nominated", the statement continued.
With women in open rebellion, an unanticipated #MeToo drama five weeks before the midterms is a nightmare scenario for McConnell, threatening his Kavanaugh confirmation timetable on the one hand and an even greater breach with women voters on the other. He has the power to stall consideration if all Democrats on the panel join him since Republicans only hold an 11-10 majority on the committee.
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The move forced Republicans to put off a planned committee vote for Thursday on Kavanaugh's nomination.
The accusation has threatened to complicate Kavanaugh's nomination, which must be approved first by the Senate Judiciary Committee and then by the full chamber, which is narrowly controlled by Republicans. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, tweeted the quote and said it's "now clear" why Feinstein kept the allegation secret. "As you say, this is not really their thing". "Also helpful would be bringing in expert testimony or experts who can help them shape the questions that they're going to ask". This is not a man that deserves this, ' Trump told journalists. He will state his case before representatives of the United States Senate. "If she doesn't show up, that would be unfortunate", he added. "She doesn't know how she got there, when it was, and so that would logically be something where she would get questions", Cornyn told reporters.
Democrats complain that Ford was not consulted before the hearing was announced.
If the Judiciary committee's timetable slips, it would become increasingly hard for Republicans to schedule a vote before midterm elections on November 6 elections, when congressional control will be at stake.
However, Senator Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Republican-dominated judiciary committee, said Tuesday that Ford's presence was not confirmed.
"Dr. Blasey Ford's experience is all too consistent with stories we heard and lived while attending Holton". "A proper investigation must be completed, witnesses interviewed, evidence reviewed and all sides spoken to". She said President George H.W. Bush had asked the FBI to investigate Anita Hill's allegations against Thomas. Kavanaugh pinned her to the bed and groped her through her clothes, grinding his body against hers and trying to pull off her clothes, the Post quoted Ford as saying. Meanwhile, Ford's lawyer has said she would testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee's Kavanaugh vote (while senators say they're still waiting for her to confirm), subjecting herself to scrutiny regarding an interaction that left an impact on her life, if not traumatized her.
Judge earlier told Grassley through a lawyer he did not want to speak publicly.
Judge is the author of a 1997 memoir titled "Wasted: Tales of a Gen X Drunk", which recounts his experiences as a teenage alcoholic. "I am friends, I've been friends with him for years", said Meghan McCaleb.
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