Kavanaugh and accuser to testify in Senate

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh at his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing in Washington on Sept. 6 2018. MUST CREDIT Bloomberg

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This isn't about what happened in the 1980s when Kavanaugh and Ford were in high school. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, was trying to arrange separate, follow-up calls with Kavanaugh and Ford, but just for aides to Grassley and Sen.

On Sunday, the accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, came forward with her allegations in an interview with The Washington Post.

Ford, who has stepped out publicly as the woman who wrote a letter accusing Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, graduated from Holton-Arms School in 1984, which would mean that she overlapped time periods with Kavanaugh by three years; he graduated from Georgetown Prep in 1983. Over the past few months, Ford has felt pressure on a personal level to share her story and has grappled with the idea, which partly prompted the letter, the source said.

"I support Mrs. Ford's decision to share her story, and now that she has, it is in the hands of the FBI to conduct an investigation", Feinstein's statement said.

Ford said she kept silent about the alleged incident until she was in couples' therapy with her husband in 2012.

A vote in Judiciary Committee is slated for Thursday, but several GOP senators, including Arizona's Jeff Flake, have said that the committee should hear from Ford before they move forward on Kavanaugh's nomination.

New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, the chamber's top Democrat, called for Grassley to postpone the vote "until, at a very minimum, these serious and credible allegations are thoroughly investigated".

As Democrats, led by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY, called for a delay in the vote, two committee Republicans - all 11 on the GOP side are men - Sens. Kavanaugh has responded in a statement Monday by saying he is also willing to testify under oath. Kavanaugh has repeatedly denied the allegations, reiterating again on Monday that he has never done "anything like what the accuser describes - to her or anyone".

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"This is a completely false allegation".

On Oct. 11, 1991, when she testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Anita Hill became the face of what was arguably the biggest sexual harassment case ever seen in the United States up to that time.

"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. Hatch has been adamant about proceeding with Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination in spite of these claims, and when he spoke to Manu Raju on Monday, he insisted that Ford is "mistaken" with her accusations. A positive vote would set up a debate following by a vote in the full Senate.

McConnell, of Kentucky, said that, even with Ford's name redacted, Senators held 65 meetings with Kavanaugh before his confirmation hearing - including at least one with Feinstein.

FILE PHOTO: Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies during the third day of his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 6, 2018.

A spokesman for Mr Grassley said Mr Kavanaugh already went through several days of hearings and has been investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Responding to the latest developments in the Kavanaugh nomination, Foy had said, "It's disturbing that these uncorroborated allegations from more than 35 years ago, during high school, would surface on the eve of a committee vote".

But my gut still tells me President Trump will not pull it down, for fear of losing his chance of filling the Supreme Court vacancy until after the midterm elections, and for fear that Republicans could lose control of the Senate in those elections, which would colossally complicate the Republican dream of a solid five-member conservative majority on the Supreme Court.

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