Judiciary Committee chairman says 'no reason to delay' Ford testimony

George W. Bush stands by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh amid sexual misconduct allegation

Judiciary Committee chairman says 'no reason to delay' Ford testimony

"He spoke about acts that he had seen in pornographic films", Anita Hill testified more than two decades ago when the Senate Judiciary Committee was holding hearings on the nomination of Clarence Thomas.

Hatch, an ardent supporter of Kavanaugh's appointment to the high court, said Monday that Ford must be "mistaken" and even if the allegation was true, Kavanaugh is a "good man" and senators would judge him for who he is now.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said Tuesday his staff has reached out to Christine Blasey Ford by email "three or four times" to map out plans for a public hearing next Monday without receiving a response. He said he was reserving judgement on whether he believed Judge Kavanaugh's denials of the allegations, while noting that there are "gaps" in the "memory" of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who came forward publicly on Sunday with the allegations that Kavanuagh assaulted her when they were teenagers. While Republican senators and some Democrats have criticized Feinstein for keeping quiet about the claims until last week, Leahy said he would not "second-guess" his successor. In the article, she alleged that at a party during their high school years, Kavanaugh pushed her into a bedroom along with his friend Mark Judge, attempted to remove her clothes and put his hand over her mouth when she tried to scream.

Judge Kavanaugh, 53, has called the allegation "completely false". "The invitation for Monday still stands", he said. He repeated his frequent assertion that the USA has been the victim of unfair trade practices, saying "we've been ripped off by China, we've been ripped off by.the European Union, we've been ripped off by everybody". Kavanaugh has denied the accusations, as has Judge.

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"We can not brush aside these extraordinarily serious allegations in an unseemly rush to confirm Judge Kavanaugh to a lifetime seat", Leahy said in a separate statement issued later Monday morning.

Committee Democrats, already fiercely opposed to the nominee, wrote a letter to Mr Grassley objecting to the planned format of the hearing, which was announced yesterday, including having just Mr Kavanaugh and Ms Ford as witnesses.

Manchin said Ford deserves to be heard and Kavanaugh deserves a chance to clear his name. The senator said this week that he believes that the accuser, Dr. Ford, is mistaken.

"I strongly support Dr. Ford's call for an FBI investigation before a hearing is held", Schumer said.

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That's a proposal President Trump himself rejected earlier Tuesday prior to the release of the letter from Ford's attorneys.

The looming showdown is reminiscent of Anita Hill's accusation in 1991 that Clarence Thomas - a Supreme Court nominee then serving on the same federal appeals court - sexually harassed her in the workplace when he was in his 30s.

Thomas was confirmed - though by a 52-28 margin, the closest in modern history - but only after days of testimony from witnesses about his interactions with Hill in different government jobs. McConnell and other top GOP leaders repeatedly stressed that Ford deserved to be heard and they hoped she would agree to testify. He said in his interview Tuesday that the committee should not accept the letter by itself but instead should demand the opportunity to question Judge. "He will make a superb Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States".

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