Senate Judiciary Committee likely proposing Wednesday hearing with Ford testifying first

Saturday, 22 Sep, 2018

Republicans delayed a Senate Judiciary Committee vote on the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh this week to take Dr. Christine Blasey Ford up on her offer to share with the panel her allegations that he sexually assaulted her in high school.

"I have never done anything like what the accuser describes - to her or to anyone", Kavanaugh said Monday. "Why didn't someone call the Federal Bureau of Investigation 36 years ago?"

However, Trump vigorously defended his nominee on Monday, calling him an "outstanding" judge with an unblemished record, and dismissing the prospect that Kavanaugh might withdraw his nomination as "ridiculous". Feinstein said. "What about individuals who were previously told about this incident?"

"I want to hear from Dr Ford", he said. She said both of the teenage boys were extremely drunk at the time. Only if the White House "demands it" will the FBI investigate the claim, Carlson said.

During a television appearance Tuesday morning, Sen.

He also said while he was friends with Kavanaugh in high school, he doesn't recall Kavanaugh ever acting that way.

"First of all, we know that allegations of sexual assault - I'm not saying that's what happened in this case - but we know allegations of sexual assault are one of the most unreported crimes that exist".

At this time, both Kavanaugh and Ford are scheduled to testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday, but many details about the hearing still need to be worked out.

Grassley said the panel plans to call only two witnesses, Ford and Kavanaugh, and not another man, Mark Judge, whom Ford says was in the same bedroom during the alleged attack.

Trump and his accusers
Trump and his accusers

Katz on Monday characterized Kavanaugh's actions as "attempted rape", adding that Ford thinks "that if it were not for the severe intoxication of Brett Kavanaugh, she would have been raped".

There are no Republican women on the Senate Judiciary Committee, and the idea of an outside questioner being brought in has been floated publicly. A spokesman for the judiciary committee told The Hill that Grassley would be willing to send staff members to California to hear from Ford in person. They say the White House counsel directed the FBI to investigate when Hill accused Thomas of sexual harassment.

Even critics of Kavanaugh seemed to agree that the hearings needed to move forward. Sen.

"We're going to plow right through it", he said.

"If she shows up and makes a credible showing, that will be very interesting and we'll have to make a decision", Trump told reporters as he left the White House for a trip to the Carolinas.

Kavanaugh has denied the accusation.

"Facts don't matter. I go through this with them every single day in D.C.", Trump said.

On the Senate floor Friday, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., expressed confidence Kavanaugh will be confirmed. You've watched the tactics. "Dr. Blasey is not simply 'Judge Kavanaugh's accuser.' Dr. Blasey is a human being with a life of her own".

Trump also lashed out at Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., for not mentioning the allegations earlier, despite knowing about them in July. She married Russell Ford in Half Moon Bay in 2002.