Chuck Grassley: Kavanaugh accuser has not yet agreed to testify

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is facing sexual assault allegations

Melina Mara The Washington Post via Getty Images Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is facing sexual assault allegations

Christine Blasey Ford, the California psychologist who accuses Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were in high school, has become the target of "vicious harassment" and death threats, her lawyers said, prompting supporters to raise money for her security.

A lawyer for Christine Blasey Ford made the request in a letter to Sen. As you say, this is not really their thing. "A lot of people in the Senate weren't going to vote for him anyway".

Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), chairman of the Judiciary Committee, the New York Times said.

"In 2018", she said, "our senators must get it right". Diane Feinstein, who didn't make the letter from Ford public because Ford asked that she remain anonymous, Feinstein said in a statement last week.

"These are all the ills that I was trying to avoid", Ford said to The Washington Post. They say the hearing should not move forward until that investigation is completed. Thursday's vote will not occur. "As the story notes, we are standing with Judge Kavanaugh's denial", White House spokesperson Raj Shah told ABC News in response to Kavanaugh's accuser coming forward to the Washington Post.

If the Judiciary committee's timetable slips further, it would become increasingly hard for Republicans to schedule a vote before the November 6 elections, in which congressional control will be at stake.

Republican leaders are preparing a controversial push to install Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court after a frenetic night of legal and political maneuvering in Washington that could reverberate for years to come. Jeff Flake of Arizona, a Judiciary Committee member who has clashed bitterly with Trump and is retiring from the Senate.

In concealing the accusation she had received in July, according to reports, Feinstein did a disservice to her Judiciary Committee colleagues, who might have wanted to determine if corroborating accounts were available, or at least question Kavanaugh about the accusation in a closed session.

There was enormous pressure on GOP Sens.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, suggested that Ford's attorney, Debra S. Katz, be allowed to question Kavanaugh at the hearing. He said a concerted stand against Kavanaugh could motivate Republican voters to go the polls. She said "fuck them" to critics of her sexual harassment questioning. Murkowski said Ford's story "must be taken seriously". He also hired outside investigators to look into complaints and introduced a resolution to expel Democratic Sen.

Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat at the committee, said on Tuesday that the panel should respect Ford's wishes and thus delay the Monday hearing which she said is part of a "rushed" process.

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Federal Bureau of Investigation background examinations received scrutiny when Rob Porter resigned as White House staff secretary in February after domestic violence allegations from two ex-wives became public.

Another Democrat on the panel, Sen.

An FBI investigation "should be the first step in addressing the allegations", the lawyers wrote in the Tuesday letter, which was obtained by The Associated Press. "You don't wait til the hearing is over and then all of a sudden bring it up", said Mr. Trump.

The Justice Department said in a statement late Monday that the accusation against Kavanaugh "does not involve any potential federal crime".

Katz said Ford believes "she would have been raped" by Kavanaugh had he not been drunk. "The FBI is looking for any kind of current problem".

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump showered sympathy on Kavanaugh.

The president, who himself faced multiple accusations of sexual misconduct that emerged during the 2016 presidential election, said he did not meet with Kavanaugh when the nominee visited the White House.

Democrats want to postpone the vote until after the midterm elections, citing 'serious questions about Judge Kavanaugh's record, truthfulness, and character'.

Indeed, the mounting right-wing fury at Ford is so great that at least one completely different professor who shares her name was targeted online after GOP trolls mistakenly went after her.

Kavanaugh is now a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, widely viewed as the nation's second-most-powerful court.

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