Grassley to Kavanaugh accuser: Reach deal or Senate panel votes Monday

Kavanaugh was nominated by Trump in July

Kavanaugh was nominated by Trump in July

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told a crowd of conservatives Friday that Congress is going to "plow right through" Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation, dismissing any future testimony regarding the sexual assault allegation the judge faces.

Can the Senate Judiciary Committee enlist the FBI to investigate the claims of sexual assault brought by an accuser against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, nominee to the Supreme Court?

Ford, a psychology professor at Palo Alto University in California, has said Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge, sexually assaulted her in 1982 when both were high school students in Maryland.

That's true, says Gregg Nunziata, former chief nominations counsel on the Senate Judiciary Committee and former policy adviser to Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), who'd scheduled her to testify Monday.

The details of the alleged assault during a gathering of teenagers at a house in Montgomery County, Maryland, were carried in the Washington Post last Sunday when Prof Ford made a decision to go public. The alleged assault took place when Ford was 15 and Kavanaugh was 17; they were in high school then. However, the senior Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, Dianne Feinstein, quickly countered to say that Thursday was the earliest day acceptable.

Republican lawmakers are trying to win Senate confirmation for Kavanaugh ahead of the court's start of a new term on October 1 or, if not by then, ahead of the November 6 nationwide congressional elections, to show Republican voters they have made good on campaign promises to place conservative judges like Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court. So, it's unclear why the White House is ride or die on Brett Kavanaugh. Before the 2016 presidential election, more than a dozen women accused Trump of making unwanted advances. But I don't think you can delay it any longer. However, Judge's testimony would allow the Committee to determine if Judge is claiming that he is certain Ford's account of events did not happen.

Women who say they have known and worked with Kavanaugh throughout his legal career say he has been respectful and fair in dealing with them.

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Susan Collins of ME says she's "appalled" by President Donald Trump's tweet criticizing his Supreme Court nominee's accuser.

What is perplexing about the spectacle that will continue into next week's hearings is that President Trump has a whole list of Federalist Society approved Supreme Court candidates who all see the world through their lens.

During his campaign, Trump was faced with accusations from roughly a dozen women, all of whom he branded liars with a political agenda. "So I thought that the president's tweet was completely inappropriate and wrong". Christine Ford's allegations Friday, asking why she or her "loving parents" did not "immediately file charges" after the alleged attack.

The Senate panel must approve Kavanaugh's confirmation before a vote by the full Senate, where Republicans hold a 51-49 majority.

Judge's lawyer said in a letter to the committee on Tuesday that Judge did not recall the incident and did not wish to testify.

Democrats face their own complications, as senators from Trump-won states - Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota, Joe Donnelly in IN and Joe Manchin in West Virginia - have yet to decide how they'll vote.

Her lawyers say the professor's life has been turned upside down, having received death threats and been forced out of her home. They left the seat vacant for a record 422 days, while now pushing to confirm Kavanaugh before the court sits on October 1 - a month before the party's political fortunes could change in the midterm elections.

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