Brett Kavanaugh Accuser's Classmate Retracts Claim 'Incident Did Happen'

Republicans are warning that time is running out for Brett Kavanaugh's accuser to tell Congress about her claim he sexually assaulted her when both were teenagers even as President Donald Trump called the woman's allegation hard to believe in

Republicans are warning that time is running out for Brett Kavanaugh's accuser to tell Congress about her claim he sexually assaulted her when both were teenagers even as President Donald Trump called the woman's allegation hard to believe in

Ford alleges that at a house party in the 1980s, a drunken Kavanaugh tried undressing her on a bed and stifling her cries before she fled - an accusation Kavanaugh has repeatedly denied. Now, she needs to tell her story to the people who will decide whether Brett Kavanaugh ascends to the Supreme Court - the members of the United States Senate.

Kavanaugh, who is married with two daughters, has received around-the-clock protection from US Marshals since President Donald Trump nominated him to the bench in July.

An attorney for Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who is accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers, said Thursday that her appearing at a hearing on Monday to detail her claims is "not possible" but she could testify later in the week. 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. Ford can't remember when and where the alleged incident happened other than at a high school party almost 40 years ago.

Kavanaugh is accused of sexually assaulting Christine Blasey Ford decades ago when the two were in high school. "She is now unable to go home, and is receiving ongoing threats to her and her family's safety". She was terrified, she said, that she would be in trouble if her parents realized she had been at a party where teenagers were drinking, and she anxious they might figure it out even if she did not tell them.

Hirono and other Democrats have called for an FBI investigation into the matter, but Republicans have continued to deny the request. The Senate Judiciary Committee reached out to Miranda, and NPR reports she did not expect this and will refuse to be interviewed if asked. Ford has been invited to testify Monday, but it's uncertain if she'll appear.

Protesters wore pins reading "I believe Dr. Christine Blasey Ford" and filed silently into the Maine Republican's office.

Bredesen has avoided saying whether he would vote to confirm Kavanaugh for the high court if he were in the Senate. Some Republicans have urged their colleagues to get past Ford's allegations and proceed with a vote.

Anita Hill says the Senate Judiciary Committee could be holding a "sham" hearing next week without an FBI investigation of a woman's sexual-assault accusation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Trump repeated earlier statements that he is in favour of allowing both the accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, and Kavanaugh to speak before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Sen. Chuck Grassley did not name the witnesses in a letter Wednesday.

The FBI has already conducted a background check on Kavanaugh and added Ford's letter to Kavanaugh's file.

Mr Kavanaugh issued a fresh denial of the claims in a statement released by the White House last Monday. And despite Grassley's schedule, it remained unclear if that hearing would occur without her, as a drama that has riveted Washington since emerging a week ago was injected with a fresh burst of election-season suspense.

Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley has scheduled a hearing for Monday morning, and he and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have indicated Monday would be Ford's only chance to make her case. "She wishes to testify, provided that we can agree on terms that are fair and which ensure her safety".

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