Showdown Between Kavanaugh, Accuser Scheduled for Next Week

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"As I said earlier, anyone who comes forward as Dr. Ford has done deserves to be heard", Grassley said in a statement Monday, which noted he had tried to have the panel's staff conduct phone interviews with both Kavanaugh and Ford.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the top Democrat on the Judiciary panel, said in a statement Monday night that she was disappointed the Federal Bureau of Investigation and White House "are failing to take even the most basic steps to investigate this matter" and that the process was being rushed.

Lawyer Debra Katz, who is representing Ford, said her client was willing to testify about her allegation before the Senate panel. Like Ford, Ms. Hill went public at the last minute.

With Kavanaugh's once-safe nomination for a lifetime job on the top USA court now appearing in jeopardy, the conservative federal appeals court judge had meetings at the White House earlier on Monday and issued a fresh denial, calling the assault allegation "completely false". There are many elements and theories as to why this is the case, but it is a known fact that women tend to stray away from pointing fingers in the days, weeks, months and even years after becoming a victim.

Kavanaugh and Ford had each indicated earlier Monday a willingness to testify to the Judiciary committee.

"Another friend, Rebecca White, said that Ford told her about the alleged assault in 2017 when White tweeted her own "#MeToo" story about being raped as a teenager.

With Mr Kavanaugh's once-safe nomination for a lifetime job on the top USA court now appearing in jeopardy, the conservative federal appeals court judge had meetings at the White House and issued a fresh denial calling the assault allegation "completely false".

Ford told the Post Sunday that she and Kavanaugh were at a high school house party in the 1980s when Kavanaugh, who she says had been drinking, pinned her to a bed and groped her in an effort to pull off her clothes.

The president seems resigned to senators delaying what had been an expected Thursday vote by the judicial committee after the allegation from a professor at a California university threw Kavanaugh's confirmation into some doubt. "Despite the length of time since the alleged incident, Dr. Ford's allegations should be heard and she must have an opportunity to present her story before the committee under oath, with Judge Kavanaugh having the opportunity to respond under oath as well", Murkowski said in a statement Monday.

On Sunday evening, a pair of outgoing Republican senators said outright that the Senate Judiciary Committee should not vote on Kavanaugh's nomination until they talk to his accuser.

"I thought he might inadvertently kill me", Ford added. "Unless something else gets dislodged from historical memory" or other women come forward with accusations, "odds are that he will be confirmed".

She also denied that Dr Ford, a Democrat, is politically motivated.

In the interview, Ford said she never revealed what had happened to her until 2012, when she and her husband, Russell Ford, sought couples therapy.

Chuck Grassley, Republican from Iowa and chair of the judiciary committee, has not given an indication that the vote would be postponed.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, a member of the committee, said he would welcome hearing from Ford.

Following Kavanaugh's nomination to Supreme Court, 51-year-old college professor Christine Blasey Ford came forward saying the judge attacked her and attempted to rape her at a party when he was 17 and she was 15.

"A lot more people believe the right thing is to believe a woman's charges, especially when a woman is willing to go public", says Jim Manley, former spokesman for retired Sen.

The Judiciary Committee had been scheduled to vote Thursday on Kavanaugh's appointment.

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