Accuser of Trump's Supreme Court pick seeks Federal Bureau of Investigation probe

Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh before the Senate Judiciary Committee

Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh before the Senate Judiciary Committee

California psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford has accused Mr Kavanaugh of assaulting her at a party back in the early 1980s, but he denies the allegation.

In her original post, King said she knew Kavanaugh and Mark Judge, the man Ford says was present during the alleged assault. "We'll have to make a decision". She said her male colleagues - and all men in general - need to "shut up" about the Kavanaugh controversy.

"This incident did happen", the letter said.

Christine Blasey Ford's attorney told CNN her client has been "deflecting death threats and harassment".

Backed by Democrats, Ford has said she wants the Federal Bureau of Investigation to first investigate the alleged incident, in which she says Kavanaugh pinned her on a bed and tried taking off her clothes during a high school party.

Ms Ford's allegations, made in an article in the Washington Post on Sunday, have put Trump's Supreme Court in jeopardy, with Democrats urging for the appointment process to be delayed.

The confirmation fight comes just weeks before November 6 mid-term congressional elections in which Democrats seek to win control of Congress from the Republicans.

Ford's lawyers said on Tuesday she would testify before the committee only if the FBI first investigates her allegation.

Cristina Miranda King, who said she attended the same school as Ford, wrote on Twitter that the alleged incident "was spoken about for days afterwards in school" at the time.

"I think it's a very unfair thing what's going on", Mr. Trump said.

"If she shows up and makes a credible showing that'll be very interesting". Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee invited Ford and Kavanaugh to a hearing on Monday and said on Wednesday that they offered her the option to testify privately or publicly.

According to Ford, Kavanaugh groped her and tried to take off her clothes at party when they were teenagers.

Orrin Hatch outlined Wednesday what he sees as the focus of next week's possible Senate hearing on the sexual assault allegations against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, saying it is not a trial.

The former Democratic presidential nominee said on MSNBC on Tuesday the relevant precedent is the FBI's investigation of Anita Hill's sexual-harassment allegation against Clarence Thomas in 1991.

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

Hill endured a brutal assault on her personal reputation in hearings and in conservative media and the all-male Republicans on the committee ultimately backed Thomas.

On the one hand, the steely Republican leader is determined to act as quickly to confirm Kavanaugh as he was to delay and destroy Garland's nomination.

September 23, 1991: Biden says in a statement reported in the Times that this is the date on which Hill agreed to allow the FBI to investigate the allegations.

Almost 30 years ago, Anita Hill accused then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexually harassing her, charging that he made unwanted advancements and inappropriate comments.

The public accusation led Grassley on Monday to announce that the committee would convene next Monday to give both Kavanaugh and Ford the opportunity to publicly testify, as both had indicated a willingness to do so. Republicans are indicating that they'll go ahead with the hearing without her or deem it unnecessary if she's a no-show. Senators, he said, will have to determine if Ford's account of the event meets the threshold to declare Kavanaugh unfit to serve on the Supreme Court.

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