Calls for delay in Brett Kavanaugh vote after sexual assault claim

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

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Democrats are demanding a thorough investigation by the FBI, because these allegations are new. And he criticized Democrats, who he said should have "done this a lot sooner because they had this information for many months".

However, Trump predicted that the judge's nomination will "work out very well".

"To provide ample transparency, we will hold a public hearing Monday to give these recent allegations a full airing".

The Senate Judiciary Committee is now scheduled to vote September 20 on whether to recommend Kavanaugh for confirmation to the Supreme Court.

A group of women who went to Christine Blasey Ford's high school are circulating a letter to show support for the woman who has alleged that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh tried to sexually assault her while they were in high school.

"If Ms. Ford wishes to provide information to the committee, I would gladly listen to what she has to say and compare that against all other information we have received about Judge Kavanaugh", Graham said in a statement. When I reached Dr. Loftus via email last night while she was traveling (and unable to make a comprehensive comment on the topic) she responded to my outlining of what might have happened in this situation by saying, "I think you have good analysis" here.

"Dr. Ford's voice deserves to be heard", Gardner spokesman Casey Contres said in a statement email to Colorado Politics. Cardin said they were "very serious".

"This is a completely false allegation", Kavanaugh said in a statement. Ford is speaking on the record about her experience.

Republican Sen. Ron Johnson and Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin III of West Virginia, also called for slowing the process. Dianne Feinstein (D-California), an opponent of Kavanaugh's nomination who sits on the Judiciary Committee. We need to do right by Dr. Ford, Judge Kavanaugh, and the American people.

But the far more significant issues with Ford's claim involve the things her story now lacks.

"I hope they will be given the opportunity to do that as quickly as possible", Manchin said.

Speaking directly at Republicans who are already attacking Ford for coming forth, Katz said it was that kind of reaction her client had feared.

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She also denied that Dr Ford, a Democrat, is politically motivated. But the president says Kavanaugh's nomination is "on track".

"I'm not really sure where this goes from here", Johnson said.

During a 10-minute phone call with Sen. "He emphatically denied that the allegations were true". "I have, however, referred the matter to federal investigative authorities".

Many GOP activists stood firmly by Kavanaugh amid the firestorm and prepared for a drawn-out battle over his nomination. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, told reporters after speaking with Kavanaugh Monday that Kavanaugh said he was not even at the party in question. Ben Cardin said in an interview.

What does Ford say happened? . She said she escaped after Kavanaugh's friend, Mark Judge, jumped on them.

There is no evidence, other than maybe her husband's vague recollection, that she ever told the therapist in 2012 that her attacker was Brett Kavanaugh.

So then the question becomes whether Kavanaugh's nomination will even proceed. "She believes that these allegations obviously bear on his character and his fitness, and the denials of course bear on his character and fitness". Key will be the views of Collins and Sen.

Trump stayed publicly silent on Kavanaugh over the weekend but told reporters Monday afternoon that "a little delay" may be needed on the upcoming Senate Judiciary Committee vote.

"These allegations are credible and deeply troubling", Welch said. Bob Corker of Tennessee, who also is retiring, is not on the panel but said the vote should be postponed until the committee has heard from Ford.

Nearly a quarter - 23% - didn't know whether the Senate should vote to confirm Kavanaugh, slightly fewer than "didn't know" about Thomas in July (pre-Hill accusations) - 31%. It wasn't until then that Ford revealed her identity and Feinstein publicized the letter. "In fact, she was quite reluctant to come forward".

In a statement, Sen. "Not through the standard bipartisan process, not by advising the judiciary committee staff through proper channels".

As of Monday noon, both agreed to appear before the Senate for further questioning.

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