Kavanaugh accuser wants Federal Bureau of Investigation probe before she will testify

Frederick Owens
September 21, 2018

Posted: Sep. 18, 2018 8:00 am Updated: Sep.

"I have never done anything like what the accuser describes - to her or to anyone", he said in a statement. "What would be the goal of the hearing if Dr. Ford doesn't want to respond?"

But as Senators left town for the week, they headed home unsure as to whether Ford would be on Capitol Hill for testimony next Monday, as Ford's lawyers echoed calls by Democrats for a full Federal Bureau of Investigation review of her charge against Kavanaugh - before any hearing could take place.

A spokesman for the committee did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In short, Ford can use the hearing to put the senators, who have behaved shabbily, on defense.

All 11 GOP members of the Judiciary Committee are men, a dynamic that some in the party have acknowledged could work against them. "We hope she does", Cornyn said. "Because this never happened, I had no idea who was making this accusation until she identified herself yesterday", Kavanaugh said in a statement.

Trump spoke Tuesday at a joint press conference with the president of Poland. The U.S. president said it was "something we will discuss".

After her allegations surfaced over the past week, Ford opted to come forward publicly in an article The Washington Post published Sunday. A public hearing is scheduled for next Monday, and both Kavanaugh and Ford were expected to testify after both had indicated a willingness to do so. Limiting the hearing to just Kavanaugh and Ford would be "inadequate, unfair, wrong and a desire not to get at the whole truth", Schumer said. The Supreme Court justice nominee said he was willing to testify before the committee next week. The other witness would be Kavanaugh, who has denied assaulting Ford when they were both in high school. "If they wanted to be, I would certainly do that", the president said.

"This is mainly an opportunity to accommodate her". Thursday's committee vote on Kavanaugh's nomination has been delayed as a result.

Lawyers for the woman who is accusing U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault more than 30 years ago says she wants the FBI to investigate her allegation before she testifies publicly.

Late Tuesday, Ford's attorneys wrote to the Judiciary Committee that she wants to cooperate.

And both Sens. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska expressed concern that Ford might not show.

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"Chairman Grassley condemns these threats toward Dr. Blasey".

Asked by Hewitt if he was considering including a female counsel who would ask questions, Grassley said, "All those things are being taken into consideration". "We want to get to the bottom of everything".

But Trump said ahead of his news conference, "I don't think the Federal Bureau of Investigation should be involved because they don't want to be involved".

"There is no discussion of a Plan B" should Kavanaugh's nomination fail, according to an individual familiar with the nomination process but not authorized to speak publicly. "A lot of people in the Senate weren't going to vote for him anyway".

That many Holton-Arms graduates have had bad experiences with the opposite sex isn't evidence against Judge Kavanaugh. Both schools are in Washington's Maryland suburbs.

Scores of Holton-Arms alumni signed a separate letter in her support, calling for a "thorough and independent" investigation.

The allegation became public last week. She told no one about it at the time - understandable but less than ideal. He did not mention whether they had tried to contact Ford by phone.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) announced Monday evening that the committee will hold a hearing on Sep. As Kavanaugh's approval rating slides, Republicans need to consider whether it is worth unleashing a firestorm to defend a nominee who might be a further drag on their midterm races.

Bush previously wrote of Kavanaugh's accomplishments in and out of the court room.

"Hopefully, the woman will come forward, state her case", the President said. The Kentucky Republican says the Senate's push to confirm Kavanaugh will move forward.

"I have no memory of this alleged incident". Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, who had the letter, said she didn't reveal it to protect Ford's confidentiality. Kavanaugh denies those allegations.

"This is another attempt by Republicans to rush this nomination and not fully vet Judge Kavanaugh".

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