Hearing With Kavanaugh And Accuser Alleging Sexual Assault In Turmoil

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Republicans on the fence about supporting Kavanaugh say they would be disappointed if Ford does not testify and fully expect the committee to move on in that case.

Ford told The Washington Post that she believed the incident happened in the summer of 1982 but didn't remember key elements, including how the gathering came to be and where exactly the home was located.

Grassley was more definitive in an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt Tuesday morning. 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. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) that the committee should delay its vote pending an investigation, Leahy said, "That would make sense".

Another undecided senator, Republican Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, said, "We have a woman who has come forward, she deserves to be heard, it's important that her voice and her story is shared".

The situation could draw parallels with Justice Clarence Thomas' 1991 confirmation hearings when he faced allegations of sexual harassment from Anita Hill.

Grassley told Hewitt that he has not heard from Blasey Ford yet, saying the committee has reached out to her.

Speaking to reporters at the Senate on Monday, Lindsey Graham, a senior Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said: "I'm a very fair-minded guy and I'm going to be fair to her (Ford) and I'm going to be fair to him (Kavanaugh)".

In the Washington Post article published Sunday, Ford claimed a drunken Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed at a house party when she was 15 years old. All 10 Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee sent a letter on Tuesday to FBI Director Christopher Wray and White House counsel Don McGahn arguing that the FBI should conduct an investigation prior to a hearing.

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In an interview Monday with this news organization, White said that Blasey Ford had told her about the alleged assault - without naming Kavanaugh - in late 2017 during the height of the #MeToo movement and long before Kavanaugh was a Supreme Court nominee.

Hill said she has still never heard from Biden personally but that the apology is not due to her alone.

"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. For example, a friend and neighbor of Blasey Ford's told the San Jose Mercury News that Blasey Ford told her of the incident in 2017 before Kavanaugh was nominated.

"Guess who's perpetuating all of these kinds of actions?" Senate Republicans hold a 51-49 majority and can not afford two or more Republicans voting against Kavanaugh's nomination unless they pick up votes from Democrats. "She is now being given an opportunity to come before the Senate Judiciary Committee to answer questions and I really hope that she doesn't pass up that opportunity".

"The invitation for Monday still stands", Grassley said in a statement. "The FBI's role in such matters is to provide information for the use of the decision makers".

Democrats maintain that they want the Federal Bureau of Investigation to reopen the background check ahead of a hearing. "The Senators will do a good job".

Democrats are demanding that the FBI be given time to reopen its background investigation into Kavanaugh so it can check the assertions of Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Kavanaugh of assault.

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