Kavanaugh accuser demands FBI investigation before she testifies at hearing next week

Showdown between Kavanaugh, accuser scheduled for next week

Showdown between Kavanaugh, accuser scheduled for next week

President Trump said Wednesday that it was hard to believe the sexual assault accusation against Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh was true.

"Why didn't senator Feinstein bring this up at her meeting with judge Kavanaugh?" he said. Republicans hope to have Kavanaugh confirmed by October 1, the start of the next Supreme Court term.

"I think that she felt strongly that this was the right thing to do". "And really it's up to the Senate".

They are also unlikely to agree on an alternative date and the hearing could still go ahead without Mrs Ford.

She alleges that Mr Kavanaugh jumped on top of her and tried to take her clothes off at a high school house party; a claim that has delayed the confirmation process for the president's nomination. Ford's lawyers said on Tuesday she would not appear before the Senate until after the FBI investigates the allegations.

"If she shows up, that would be wonderful", Trump said.

"Dr. Ford's testimony would reflect her personal knowledge and memory of events", Grassley said in a statement Tuesday. She said President George H.W. Bush had asked the FBI to investigate Anita Hill's allegations against Thomas.

In the end, "I doubt very seriously any minds will be changed by this", says Ross Baker, a political scientist and expert on the Senate at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J.

The Justice Department has said that the Federal Bureau of Investigation sent the initial letter Ford wrote making the allegation against Kavanaugh to the White House and considers its role in the matter complete.

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On Tuesday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, was asked if she had heard from any other women about Kavanaugh. "It can be closed, whatever Ms. Ford wants", said Sen.

Democrats, already opposed to Kavanaugh, have sought an FBI investigation, a request Republicans rebuffed.

Ford, has seen her life "turned upside down" and has effectively gone into hiding after going public with allegations that Kavanaugh assaulted her in the 1980s when they were both teenagers, according to her attorneys Debra Katz and Lisa Banks. He said senators hearing Ford's accusations, if she testifies, "will open it up and they will do a very good job" considering Ford's allegations and Kavanaugh's denial.

Earlier this year, before Ford's allegations against Kavanaugh became public, Smyth signed a letter testifying that the judge "is singularly qualified to be an Associate Justice on the US Supreme Court", along with dozen other of the all-boys school's alumni.

However, The Post reported: 'She told no one at the time what had happened to her.

John Feehery, a Republican strategist, says the #MeToo movement is not just about justice - it's also about punishing those who have been in power for a long time.

Republicans have blasted Democrats for the way in which the accusation came out - at the 11th hour, while for six weeks, the senior Democrat on the committee, Sen.

"Not only do women like Dr. Ford, who bravely comes forward, need to be heard, but they need to be believed".

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