Kavanaugh accuser wants an investigation into sexual assault claim before testifying

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"The invitation for Monday still stands", Grassley said in a statement.

"You're never going to know everything about a nominee, but you want to - and you try to, " said Thomas Rath, who was a leading member of the effort to prepare David Souter for his 1990 Supreme Court confirmation hearings and for the successful 90-9 vote on the Senate floor. "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".

"What difference does one or two weeks make when you're talking about a lifetime appointment", he told the public radio broadcaster.

"I believe that the FBI... should be compelled to do its job in terms of completing their background investigation and that's not being done".

Mr Kavanaugh has "categorically and unequivocally" denied the allegations. The statement seemed to suggest that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was not now investigating it. According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, one in three women in the United States experience some form of sexual violence in their lives.

In 2006, President George W. Bush watches the swearing-in ceremony of Brett Kavanaugh as judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia by U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, far right. Ford identified Kavanaugh's friend as the conservative writer Mark Judge.

"In the 36 hours since her name became public, Dr. Ford has received a stunning amount of support from her community and from fellow citizens across our country", Katz and Banks wrote.

"Nobody should be subject to threats and intimidation, and Dr. Ford is no exception". Democrats have responded that Ford asked that her confidentiality be respected and she didn't come forward until after the information was leaked.

"This is a completely false allegation". I mean, after all, read all the details she put in the Washington Post. Besides Murkowski and Collins, however, none of the four other female GOP senators seemed eager to take a position Monday. Bob Corker told reporters on Tuesday.

Senate Democrats had demanded Judge and other witnesses be allowed to join and testify at Monday's blockbuster Judiciary Committee hearing.

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Trump has also supported Kavanaugh after the accusation, though he said he wanted the allegation to be aired. Ford told the Post that she did not tell anyone, including her husband, about the incident until 2012.

"It's been hard for Blasey Ford over the years, [Blasey Ford] told [Rebecca] White, because the judge's name would come up as 'a super powerful guy and he might be a contender for a Supreme Court position one day'". Nominees "can lie", Hirono said, explaining why she's made that her standard question, "but they better hope that nobody that they did this to will come forward".

Collins said that in a telephone conversation with Kavanaugh on Friday he was "absolutely emphatic" that the assault didn't occur. He said that hasn't been worked out, and pointed to the Democrats, noting that there hasn't been a lot of cooperation from Democratic staff.

Asked whether he agreed with Sen.

Amid the chaos, a key question quietly emerged among some political operatives: Would Republicans force through the Kavanaugh nomination even if it jeopardizes their control of Congress?

Pressure on Senate Republicans to delay Kavanaugh's confirmation process intensified after Ford came forward on Sunday. Sen.

Then again, this new allegation has already cast a massive shadow over Kavanaugh's nomination.

Harris asserted that agents in the FBI "are really well equipped to do this kind of investigation, but they're not being given the authority to do it" by the Justice Department or the Trump White House.

The sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh recall Anita Hill's accusations against Clarence Thomas in 1991, but there are important differences as well as cautions for senators considering how to deal with the allegations.