President Donald Trump says he wants to hear from the accuser of his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh but said it's hard for him to believe that the allegation brought by professor Christine Blasey Ford is true.
It was not clear where and when Ford had identified Smyth as being present at the 1982 party in suburban Maryland, where she said Kavanaugh pinned her down and tried to take her clothes off while another friend watched. Brett Kavanaugh was already disqualified to serve on the Supreme Court.
Hill also expressed concern about Ford testifying before Congress on Monday, as it could be "a sham proceeding so that the senators can say we gave her a chance to talk and then move on to doing exactly what they were intending to do before she came forward".
One of the first criticisms Senate Republicans had of the allegation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh committed sexual assault at age 17 was to ask why Democrats had waited until the last minute to take any action on the letter, despite having it for weeks.
Trump has already rejected the idea of bringing in the Federal Bureau of Investigation to reopen its background check of Kavanaugh.
"We have to create an environment where women can come forward and be heard and be listened to", she said.
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. "I don't think a lot of people are aware of the level of threats that someone in this position can face", Feldman said. She said Kavanaugh's friend, Mark Judge, jumped on top of them, sending them tumbling, and she was able to escape, the newspaper reported.
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Jeff Flake of Arizona, a Judiciary Committee member who has clashed bitterly with Trump and is retiring from the Senate. Much like DeSantis , Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee have blamed Feinstein for sitting on the allegation.
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President Trump, who could order an FBI background check investigation into the allegations, instead put the onus on Blasey Ford to testify.
Grassley said the committee offered Ford "the opportunity to share her story" in a public or a private hearing, or staff interviews, "whichever makes her most comfortable".
The problem for Republicans is that this allegation comes at the worst possible time for them, politically. "I have never done anything like what the accuser describes - to her or to anyone", Kavanaugh said in a statement issued by the White House. Both loudly stumbled down the stair well at which point other persons at the house were talking with them.
The GOP chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Chuck Grassley of Iowa, said an FBI investigation wouldn't have bearing on Ford's testimony so "there is no reason for further delay". Republicans are aiming for full Senate confirmation before the Supreme Court term begins October 1. As of Monday afternoon, more than 800 survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault had signed an open letter circulated by the women's advocacy group UltraViolet urging senators to publicly oppose President Donald Trump's nominee. "I hope Republican Voters, and others, are watching and studying, the Democrats Playbook". Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, two moderates who have yet to announce their positions on Kavanaugh and aren't on the Judiciary Committee.
"That's very puzzling to me", Collins said.
"I thought he might inadvertently kill me", the Post quoted Ford as saying. The newspaper quoted Ford's detailed description of the incident, and said it also viewed notes from a 2013 therapy session in which she had called it a "rape attempt". That begins with protecting Ford from intimidation and threats - and taking her story seriously.