Senate Judiciary to probe Kavanaugh, accuser in public hearing

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President Donald Trump showered sympathy Tuesday on Brett Kavanaugh, his embattled Supreme Court nominee who is accused of sexual assault, as Senate Republicans and Democrats fought determinedly over who should testify at a high-stakes hearing on the allegation just six weeks before major congressional elections.

Christine Blasey Ford accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were both in high school, and Warren saw dollar signs.

Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Patrick Leahy (seated) with Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley.

"She has been the target of vicious harassment and even death threats", Ford's lawyers wrote in their letter.

Trump repeated earlier statements that he is in favor of allowing both the accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, and Kavanaugh to speak before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Judge did not respond to repeated requests for comment from Business Insider.

Kavanaugh said in a statement on Monday that Ford made "a completely false allegation".

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The No. 2 Senate Republican leader, John Cornyn of Texas, noted that Ford has admitted she doesn't remember some details of the incident.

Hatch clarified that Kavanaugh said "he was not at a party like the one [Ford] describes" and that Ford "may be mistaking [Kavanaugh] for someone else".

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

Sen. Dick Durbin of IL, the No. 2 Democrat, said Judge is needed "specifically and personally as an eyewitness to the occurrence".

She said she feared Kavanaugh might inadvertently kill her before she managed to flee.

In the 36 hours since her name became public, Dr. Ford has received a stunning amount of support from her community and from fellow citizens across our country.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, and Kevin de Leon, a Democrat in the California state Senate, rarely have much in common. Judiciary Chairman Grassley stated that "a$3 nyone who comes forward as Dr. Ford has deserves to be heard."Republicans now have established the precedent that "anyone" who levels a charge against a nominee will be entitled to have their accusation aired; even after extensive public hearings have been held, and notwithstanding that a member of the opposition deliberately holds onto the unverifiable accusatory information until after the regular-order hearings concluded". Republicans hope to have Kavanaugh confirmed by October 1, the start of the next Supreme Court term.

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Ford, a California psychology professor, told The Washington Post Kavanaugh groped her at a suburban Washington house party when she was 15 and he was 17.

Hill supports Ford's request that the FBI investigate the allegation before agreeing to testify at any Capitol Hill hearing. It also sets up a public, televised airing of sexual misconduct allegations, reminiscent of the seminal hearings against Clarence Thomas in 1991, that could derail Kavanaugh's nomination altogether.

Kavanaugh has said that he is willing to testify on this matter "if the Senate is willing to hear him", according to White House spokesman Raj Shah.

The damaging accusation has prompted Grassley to call for his committee to reconvene on Monday to give Kavanaugh and Ford a chance to testify.

But the senator said Tuesday that he has been unable to get in contact with Ford and that she has yet to agree to testify before the committee. That bill's sponsor, Republican Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, took to Twitter to criticize de Leon, and women who led the Capitol's #MeToo movement chimed in.

There has been no suggestion that Kavanaugh may have committed a federal crime, so the FBI would not conduct a criminal investigation. The Supreme Court nominee denies committing the assault that Ford described.

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