McConnell Slams Democrats for Timing of Sexual Assault Allegation Against Kavanaugh

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John Cornyn, the second-ranking Republican in the Senate, called Monday for "bipartisan participation" in addressing sexual assault allegations against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh that have thrown the prospects of his pending confirmation vote into chaos.

Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., a Judiciary Committee member who has clashed bitterly with Trump and is retiring from the Senate, said he was "not comfortable" voting for Kavanaugh at present. Sen.

September 17: Katz said Ford would be willing to speak publicly with lawmakers as key senators voiced interest in delaying a vote on Kavanaugh's nomination.

People take part in a protest against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, in front of the New York County Supreme Court at Foley Square in New York City, Aug. 26, 2018.

Kavanaugh issued a statement last week "categorically and unequivocally" denying the allegations when they first came out.

That action alone could lead to new Senate hearings about who is lying about this sexual attack she claims occurred when both were high school students in Bethesda, Maryland. "The Senate should immediately pause the confirmation process and insist upon a thorough investigation by the FBI".

Baldwin said there should be no vote on Kavanaugh's nomination until the matter is fully investigated and both he and Ford testify before the Senate committee. He told reporters at the White House: "If it takes a little delay, it will take a little delay".

Months later, after Anita Hill accused the judge of sexual harassment and testified about it on Capitol Hill, the number who said the Senate should vote to confirm had grown, with 58% who said yes, according to a Gallup poll.

Among the GOP defectors was Sen. She said Kavanaugh groped her, tried to take off her clothes and placed his hand over her mouth when she tried to scream.

Ford and Kavanaugh both agreed to testify under oath before the committee.

"This woman should not be insulted, and she should not be ignored", White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said during an interview on Fox News Channel's "Fox & Friends". Murkowski said Ford's story "must be taken seriously". She wrote an anonymous letter to Sen. Cory Gardner said Monday.

Some Democrats raised questions about whether Grassley's plan was sufficient.

Kavanaugh, 53, whose confirmation had until now seemed to be on a smooth trajectory, was seen arriving at the White House on Monday. Democrats rejected the idea and have called for the FBI to investigate the allegation as part of a background check. Richard Blumenthal of CT, said staging the hearing without the FBI investigation would make it a "sham".

Underscoring the stakes, Judicial Crisis Network, a conservative lobby group led by a lawyer Carrie Severino, who once worked under Clarence Thomas, announced Monday it would spend $1.5 million on media advertising in support of Kavanaugh.

Ford, 51 and a clinical psychology professor at Palo Alto University in California, says she was able to get away after a friend of Kavanaugh's who was in the room jumped on top of them and everyone tumbled.

While now totally unverified and, to those unacquainted with the work of world-renown memory expert Dr. Elizabeth Loftus, seemingly far-fetched, this theory about therapy's possible role in memory manipulation is actually quite plausible. Dianne Feinstein via a letter through Eshoo's office. Ben Cardin said in an interview. "It will, I'm sure, work out very well". Her attorney Debra Katz told CNN on Monday morning that Ford would be willing to testify before Congress and stood by her story in the face of expected push-back. Kavanaugh came to the White House amid the upheaval, but there was no immediate word on why or whether he had been summoned. Trump said he did not meet with his nominee and declined to say whether Kavanaugh had offered to withdraw, dismissing the question as "ridiculous".

Mr. Judge has said the incident never happened. "For me, we can't vote until we hear more".

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