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

J. Scott Applewhite  APBrett Kavanaugh is sworn in before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington Sept. 4 2018

J. Scott Applewhite APBrett Kavanaugh is sworn in before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington Sept. 4 2018

Screenshot via Grabien NewsChristine Ford, a woman from Judge Brett Kavanaugh's past, has made serious accusations of sexual assault against the Supreme Court nominee.

When questioned about the message that such a view sends to sexual abuse victims Graham said, "Well, there wasn't a crime committed".

Kavanaugh has flatly denied the allegation, saying he did not do this "at any time". He has questioned why women wait so long to come forward if they are telling the truth.

Grassley told Hugh Hewitt on his radio show that Ford has not accepted his request to appear before the committee. "I think he's very much on track".

Conway, one of the highest-ranking women in the West Wing, said she'd "spoken at length" with Trump about the allegations.

In her must-read recap of how alleged sexual assaults are prosecuted, The Washington Post's Deanna Paul quotes a former district attorney saying she doesn't like calling these cases "he said, she saids".

Details of the allegations have trickled out since the committee's ranking member, Sen.

Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, who received Ford's letter over the summer, said she didn't reveal it to protect Ford's confidentiality. "We wouldn't be having the hearing if Dr. Ford told the Washington Post and other people publicly she wanted to testify".

In a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Judge said he does not remember Kavanaugh acting "in the manner Dr. Ford describes".

The president is facing questions about Kavanaugh amid scrutiny of a woman's claim that the judge sexually assaulted her at a party when they were both in high school.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill Sept. 4 2018 in Washington D.C
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Ford said she escaped when Kavanaugh's friend jumped on top of them, sending all three tumbling. And it. raised questions: "what would be the goal of the hearing if Dr. Ford doesn't want to respond?" he said.

"What would be the goal of the hearing if Dr. Ford doesn't want to respond?"

If the Judiciary committee's timetable slips further, it would become increasingly hard for Republicans to schedule a vote before the November 6 elections, in which congressional control will be at stake.

Democrats who do not sit on the Judiciary Committee were also joining their colleagues' calls for the FBI to investigate before proceeding to a committee hearing. "We are women who have known Brett Kavanaugh for more than 35 years and knew him while he attended high school between 1979 and 1983".

The allegation has drawn comparisons to the painful 1991 public testimony of Anita Hill, who accused then supreme court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment.

Republicans responded that reopening the investigation is up to the White House and they are sticking with their plans for a Monday hearing - with or without Ford's participation. As Georgetown University law professor David Super notes, federal law explicitly says these previous statements are not regarded as hearsay, or unreliable, when they are used "to rebut an express or implied charge that the declarant recently fabricated it or acted from a recent improper influence or motive in so testifying".

Grassley offered his assurance that Ford would be treated respectfully and not badgered during the hearing.

If the Judiciary committee's timetable slips, it would become increasingly hard for Republicans to schedule a vote before midterm elections on November 6 elections, when congressional control will be at stake. This isn't about Kavanaugh's character or his fitness for the Supreme Court.

Leahy dismissed Republican complaints that the information was coming to light near the end of the confirmation process, arguing that they had rushed the process and failed to turn over records of Kavanaugh's government service.

Republicans control the Senate by only a narrow margin, meaning any defections could sink the nomination and deal a major setback to Trump.

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