Trump challenges Kavanaugh accuser over account of sex attack

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"I think it's not fair to Judge Kavanaugh for her not to come forward and testify", moderate Republican Senator Susan Collins, whose vote could be crucial, said in a radio interview.

He went on: "I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents". They didn't respond for two full days; only after media outlets and a few Democrats started to suggest that the Senate move on without Ford's testimony did they make this last-minute bid.

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

MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski pointed to an unspoken intent behind Christine Blasey Ford's revelations about Brett Kavanaugh - and her request for an FBI investigation of her sexual assault allegations. Kavanaugh said he "categorically and unequivocally" denies the allegation, which he called "completely false".

Now, Ford says that she may indeed testify, but not on Monday.

"She wishes to testify, provided that we can agree on terms that are fair and which ensure her safety", Katz wrote in the email, which was obtained by The Associated Press after first being reported by The New York Times.

It's unclear whether that would change after Ford's attorneys spoke with the committee.

Even though Brett Kavanaugh is still in the middle of a firestorm thanks to Christine Blasey Ford's sexual assault allegations against him, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is apparently quite confident this will not stop the judge's rise to the Supreme Court. Numerous women, regardless of their politics, expressed personal empathy for Ford as she steps into a national firestorm. Almost 1 in 4 say they are following the events around the confirmation "not very closely" or "not at all".

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Then-Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Joe Biden, D-Del., asked then-President George H.W. Bush to involve the Federal Bureau of Investigation in looking into Hill's accusations.

Although inferring otherwise, Whelan said he's not insinuating that the man he publicly named and shared photos of did anything wrong, or that Ford is now "mistakenly remembering" this man as Kavanaugh. Ford says Judge was in the room, but Judge has denied the incident took place when they were all high school students. Kavanaugh wrote to Grassley in a letter released by the White House that he looks forward to testifying. Republicans are unlikely to agree to calling witnesses aside from Ford and Kavanaugh.

The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a hearing for Monday and had invited Kavanaugh and Ford to testify.

Republican panel member Lindsey Graham said on Twitter that requiring an FBI investigation of a 36-year-old allegation "is not about finding the truth, but delaying the process till after the midterm elections".

If Senate Republicans push through the nomination, those surveyed predict significant political repercussions.

US Capitol Police said 56 protesters were arrested in Senate office buildings during demonstrations against Kavanaugh on Thursday.

Still Flake, who said previously that "We can't vote until we hear more", and was one of the first Republicans to call for the hearing's delay, is also among those imploring Ford to testify Monday. The Republicans have manufactured a "he said / she said" standoff and are using their own handiwork to make good on a promise to stack the Supreme Court with conservative judges.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is sworn in for his confirmation hearings, September 4, 2018, Washington, D.C.

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