Trump says no Federal Bureau of Investigation probe needed on Supreme Court pick

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The woman who has accused Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh of attempting to rape her decades ago has asked for the FBI to investigate her claims before she testifies to the Senate.

Mr Trump answered questions about Mr Kavanaugh, whose nomination is now in jeopardy in the Senate, as he left the White House to visit hurricane-stricken areas in North and SC.

Last week, the US President's candidate said he "categorically and unequivocally" denies the allegations. It's the men in this country, and I just want to say to the men of this country, just shut up and step up.

His accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, has also been invited to testify.

The DOJ issued the statement about the FBI's process after President Trump suggested that that looking further into Blasey Ford's allegations is not "their thing" and Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley said that the FBI's probe is "closed".

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.

Ms Ford's lawyers said yesterday she would not appear before the Senate until after the FBI investigates the allegations. And since that time, she has been dealing with hate mail, harassment, death threats.

Anita Hill came forward in 1991 to say that then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas sexually harassed her.

Mr Trump told reporters: "Look, if she shows up and makes a credible showing, that will be very interesting and we'll have to make a decision". Whether she shows up or not is immaterial. In a letter to Grassley, Blasey Ford's attorneys wrote, "While Dr. Ford's life was being turned upside down, you and your staff scheduled a public hearing for her to testify at the same table as Judge Kavanaugh in front of two dozen U.S. Senators on national television to relive this traumatic and harrowing incident".

Ms Blasey Ford claims Judge Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers.

McConnell expressed confidence that Kavanaugh would be confirmed.

The confirmation fight comes just weeks before November 6 congressional elections in which Democrats seek to win control of Congress from Trump's fellow Republicans. Republicans hold a majority of 51:49 in the Senate. He has otherwise been successful at appointing more conservatives to the high court and the broader federal judiciary.

Now, the woman who has accused supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault has been forced out of her home by threats and harassment, her lawyers say.

Those demands are "not about finding the truth, but delaying the process until after the midterm elections", Graham, a Judiciary panel member, said in a statement.

Brett Kavanaugh listens to Senators on day three of his confirmation hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee to be Associate Justice of the Supreme Court on September 6, 2018.

The tweets caught fire across social media as Republicans press ahead for Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination.

"We will not sit by and let Republicans use this hearing to attack, undermine and shame Ford", declared UltraViolet executive director Shaunna Thomas.

Democratic Senator Doug Jones said Mark Judge, Kavanaugh's high school friend, should be subpoenaed if he refuses to testify.

Judge's lawyer said in a letter to the committee on Tuesday Judge did not recall the incident and did not wish to testify.

Separately, a former classmate of Kavanaugh denied attending the party where the assault allegedly occurred. Dianne Feinstein of California, the top Judiciary Committee Democrat.

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