Trump Defends Supreme Court Nominee as Accuser Faces Deadline

Rep. Eric Swalwell mocked Sen. Susan Collins after Collins said her office received threats over her stance on Surpreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh

Trump Defends Supreme Court Nominee as Accuser Faces Deadline

New Hampshire Democratic Senator Maggie Hassan wasn't pulling any punches Friday on CNN, delivering a blistering indictment of the way President Trump and Senate Republicans have treated Christine Ford, the woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assaulting her 36 years ago.

In other early morning tweets from Las Vegas, Trump also contended that Kavanaugh is under assault by "radical left wing politicians" who aren't interested in finding the truth about the allegation but instead "just want to destroy and delay".

"Facts don't matter. I go through this with them every single day in D.C." he complained.

Kavanaugh will now appear in front of the Senate on Monday to testify against claims made by Christine Blasey Ford that he pinned her down on a bed, groped her and tried to remove her clothes in the early 1980s.

He speculated Friday on Twitter that if the attack "was as bad as she says" she or her parents would immediately have filed charges. "I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place", Trump tweeted.

The preference would be for Ford to testify next Thursday, and she doesn't want Kavanaugh in the same room, her attorney (right) told Judiciary Committee staff in a 30-minute call that also touched on security concerns and others issues, according to a Senate aide who wasn't authorized to discuss the matter and spoke on the condition of anonymity. While Ford now says she will not appear on Monday, reports say the committee is preparing for her testimony on Thursday.

Where does Collins stand on Kavanaugh?

President Donald Trump has challenged the woman who has accused his Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault, demanding she provide evidence.

Previously, the president had led Republicans in insisting that Ford must be given a respectful, fair hearing, even if he fully vouched for Kavanaugh's character. Then when a news report surfaced about the story, Feinstein said she chose to go public.

A look at Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh
A look at Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh

Kavanaugh has vehemently denied the allegation. Democrats have demanded more time for scrutiny, and Republicans want to move ahead quickly with a confirmation vote in an increasingly volatile political climate ahead of the November 6 congressional elections. If it needs more support, it should have it, she said. At a press conference Tuesday, Trump said Kavanaugh was "not a man that deserves this", and that "I feel terribly for him, for his wife, who is an incredibly, lovely woman, attractive young daughters".

I'm providing a notice of a vote to occur Monday in the event that Dr. Ford's attorneys don't respond or Dr. Ford decides not to testify.

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. "I think it's, a, very unfair thing what's going".

Professor Ford has said she didn't tell anyone at the time about the incident.

On Thursday, Trump - who himself denied accusations of sexual harassment or assault by several women during the 2016 presidential campaign - questioned Ford's claims in an interview with Fox News pal Sean Hannity.

The Justice Department has said the Federal Bureau of Investigation sent Ford's initial letter making the allegation against Kavanaugh to the White House and considers its role in the matter complete. We reserve the option to have female staff attorneys, who are sensitive to the particulars of Dr. Ford's allegations and are experienced investigators, question both witnesses.

Ford says she will not testify until a full FBI investigation has taken place, but Senate Republicans insist she testify, either publicly or privately, on Monday.

"Dr. Ford has asked me to let you know that she appreciates the various options you have suggested", Katz wrote.

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