White House is Planning an Attack on Kavanaugh Accuser, Christine Blasey Ford

Cruz says Democrats 'playing games' but agrees that Kavanaugh's accuser should testify before confirmation vote

Cruz says Democrats 'playing games' but agrees that Kavanaugh's accuser should testify before confirmation vote

In a letter sent later, all 10 Democrats on the Judiciary Committee urged Grassley to postpone Thursday's scheduled vote.

During the 2016 campaign, at least 15 women accused Trump of ranging from sexual harassment and sexual assault to lewd behavior around women.

"If there is real substance to this, it demands a response", Murkowski said. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.

He had been on a smooth confirmation track to be Supreme Court Judge, but the new allegations have disrupted the process.

Republican Bob Corker also said delaying the vote "would be best for all involved".

"Anyone who comes forward as Dr. Ford has deserves to be heard, so I will continue working on a way to hear her out in an appropriate, precedented and respectful manner", Grassley said.

"What is puzzling to me is the Democrats, by not bringing this out earlier, after having had this information for more than six weeks, have managed to cast a cloud of doubt on both the professor and the judge", Sen. "She should not be ignored", presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway told reporters in the White House driveway on Monday. After a reluctant apology, Trump returned to denying any wrongdoing, dismissing more than a dozen women who accused of him of sexual misconduct, including mocking some of them for not being attractive enough for him to seduce.

According to Ford, the alleged incident took place during the summer in the early 1980s. Collins went on to say that Kavanaugh had assured her on Friday that the allegations were false - and that if he is found to have lied about that subject, she would consider that "disqualifying". When she went to use the bathroom, she claims she was pushed into a bedroom by Kavanaugh, and that he pinned her down and, laughing, tried to take off her clothes.

When she attempted to scream for help, Kavanaugh put his hand over her mouth. "And, they shouldn't have waited until literally the last days", Mr Trump said.

Ford initially contacted both Feinstein and the Washington Post in July, but at the time, she was not willing to make her allegation publicly.

"I have never done anything like what the accuser describes - to her or to anyone", he said in a statement released by the White House. "I have never done anything like what the accuser describes - to her or to anyone".

"I'd like to see a complete process".

Republicans were under heavy political pressure - including some from members of their own party - to hold a public hearing and they finally caved on the issue Monday evening. "I did not do this back in high school or at any time", he said. They do stupid stuff. But how did they assemble the statements of 65 women so quickly?

"The right forgives Trump because he promises to be faithful to their causes, if not faithful to his wife".

But almost a year after the #MeToo movement swept Hollywood and Capitol Hill, the senator's handling of the charge has angered Republicans and left Democrats rushing to say they actually accept Ms. Ford's version of events, despite not acting initially.

Until he spoke Monday afternoon, Trump had stayed out of sight as the allegations swirled. Hours later, the senator chose to clarify the stakes of her suggestion.

Democrats had demanded a delay in the committee's vote in order to let the FBI investigate.

Critics have already accused the Republicans of fast tracking the process to get Kavanaugh on the court by October 1, the first day of the fall term.

"Unfortunately, committee Republicans have only known this person's identity from news reports for less than 24 hours and known about her allegations for less than a week", Grassley said.

The Republican-dominated committee was scheduled to vote on Kavanaugh's nomination on Thursday, clearing the way for a full Senate vote before November's midterm elections. The official said Kavanaugh has been coming to the White House "often" for meetings during the confirmation process.

"To suggest it would have been common to receive contents or descriptions of our memos, talking points, letters and other items about Democratic Senators' strategies on how to defeat these highly controversial nominees is ridiculous", they said. He has questioned why women wait so long to come forward if they are telling the truth.

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