Bill Nelson: FBI needs to investigate Brett Kavanaugh sex accusations

Sexual misconduct allegation against U.S. Supreme Court nominee echoes case raised against Roy Moore

Sexual misconduct allegation against U.S. Supreme Court nominee echoes case raised against Roy Moore

He did say that there might need to be a "little delay" in the Senate confirmation process to deal with the explosive allegation against the nominee. "It should have been brought up long ago", Trump said today.

"We should honour Dr. Blasey Ford's wishes and delay this hearing", Feinstein said in a statement on Tuesday.

Ford on Tuesday suggested in a letter from her legal team that she would be unwilling to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee until the FBI investigated the matter to ensure committee members are fully informed about the allegations.

Kavanaugh, she claims, was drunk when he allegedly held her down at a party in Maryland.

The letter says the women - who graduated from the private Holton-Arms School in Bethesda, Md., between 1967 and 2018 - believe California psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford "and are grateful that she came forward to tell her story". As a result of these kind of threats, her family was forced to relocate out of their home.

The announcement on Monday comes a day after Ford came forward publicly, detailing her allegations in an exclusive interview to The Washington Post.

While she's willing to testify, the letter read, she is concerned that senators "appear to have made up their minds that she is "mistaken" and 'mixed up'". While no sexual assault survivor should be subjected to such an ordeal, Dr. Ford wants to cooperate with the Committee and with law enforcement officials. However, she and her lawyers have been insisting on a full FBI investigation into the alleged, almost four-decades-old assault despite the FBI considering the case to be closed.

Ford's attorneys said in a letter that a federal investigation must be conducted before Ford testifies to the Senate to "ensure that the crucial facts and witnesses in this matter are assessed".

Democrats, already fiercely opposed to the nominee, have also been seeking an FBI investigation, a request that Republicans have rebuffed. Feinstein said. "What about individuals who were previously told about this incident?"

During remarks later Tuesday on the Senate floor, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the hearing will provide an opportunity for Ford to be heard, but he stressed that her allegation "is completely at variance" with what senators know about Kavanaugh.

All of this aside, Sen.

Kavanaugh has denied the sexual assault allegation. "Because this never happened, I had no idea who was making this accusation until she identified herself yesterday".

But Hill told ABC she supports Ford's demand for an FBI investigation before a hearing Senate Republicans have set for Monday. It wasn't until the media outed her that she chose to come forward.

He did not comment directly on Ms Ford's claim that a drunken Kavanaugh and one of his friends trapped her in a room and attempted to pull her clothes off at a high school party in 1982.

"To take a man like this and besmirch - now, with that being said, let her have her say and let's see how it all works out".

Hill also writes of the difficulty Ford will face testifying about her assault allegation on national television, and that she will be "outresourced" while testifying in front of the committee.

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