Brett Kavanaugh willing to 'refute' sexual assault allegation before Senate panel

UNITED STATES- SEPTEMBER 13 Chairman Charles Grassley R-Iowa conducts a markup of the Senate Judiciary Committee in Dirksen Building

UNITED STATES- SEPTEMBER 13 Chairman Charles Grassley R-Iowa conducts a markup of the Senate Judiciary Committee in Dirksen Building

Meanwhile, hundreds of alumnae of the secular private girls school that Kavanaugh's accuser attended have signed a letter supporting her.

Cornyn, a member of GOP leadership and a senior member of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee which oversees judicial nominations, praised how the committee's chairman, U.S. Sen. Critics have accused the GOP of fast-tracking the process to get Kavanaugh on the court by October 1, the first day of the fall term.

That could result in a tense replay of the lurid 1991 hearing on Clarence Thomas, the conservative Supreme Court justice accused of repeated sexual harassment by a former assistant, Anita Hill. It's unclear, however, whether Kavanaugh will be able to win confirmation.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and other GOP leaders complained that the allegation was made public just days before the committee was set to vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation.

David French, a columnist for National Review, conversely, agrees that the charges against Kavanaugh are serious.

President Donald Trump's eldest son is appearing to mock a woman's sexual assault allegations against his father's nominee for the Supreme Court. "She should testify under oath and she should do it on Capitol Hill".

"We have a tough map", Schumer said, noting that ten Democrats are running states Trump won in 2016. She hasn't said how she will vote on Kavanaugh. Jeff Flake of Arizona, Bob Corker of Tennessee and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska - have all said a vote on Kavanaugh should be held off until questions are answered.

"This woman should not be insulted, and she should not be ignored", White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said during an interview on Fox News Channel's "Fox & Friends". Neither senator faces re-election this fall.

Some Democrats raised questions about whether Grassley's plan was sufficient.

Republican Sen. Ron Johnson and Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of CT, said staging the hearing without the FBI investigation would make it a "sham". Chuck Grassley, staffers conducted a phone call with Kavanaugh late Monday afternoon, while Democrats refused to take part.

While she initially sought to keep her allegation confidential, Ford said she opted to go public once the allegation emerged in the public eye and reporters began pursuing her.

While now totally unverified and, to those unacquainted with the work of world-renown memory expert Dr. Elizabeth Loftus, seemingly far-fetched, this theory about therapy's possible role in memory manipulation is actually quite plausible.

"I noticed the date of the letter and wondered why the information had not been released long ago", she said.

Earlier, Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer of NY said it would be "a deep insult to the women of America" if Grassley did not postpone Thursday's meeting. September 17: Katz said Ford would be willing to speak publicly with lawmakers as key senators voiced interest in delaying a vote on Kavanaugh's nomination. "Judge Kavanaugh and the White House both stand by that statement".

Collins said that both Kavanaugh and Ford should testify under oath to the committee but she didn't say whether the committee vote should be postponed. The White House has been adamant that it does not plan to withdraw Kavanaugh's nomination. We need to do right by Dr. Ford, Judge Kavanaugh, and the American people.

In the Post article, Ford alleged that while at a party during their high school years, Kavanaugh pushed her into a bedroom along with his friend Mark Judge, attempted to remove her clothes and put his hand over her mouth when she tried to scream.

Georgetown law professor Rosa Brooks said that while she opposes Kavanaugh's nomination "based on his judicial record", she's "uncomfortable with asserting that his behavior as a teen tells us anything about his "character" at this point.

"Judge Kavanaugh is one of the finest people I have ever known", Trump told reporters from the Oval Office.

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