Senators Get Their Message Out Ahead of Brett Kavanaugh Hearing

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"I'm sure it will work out very well".

The US President has said that allegations of sexual assault against US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh should not be investigated.

Senator Dianne Feinstein, the committee's top Democrat, on Tuesday said the FBI should investigate before further hearings into the claims.

"He wasn't going to vote for Brett Kavanaugh to be on the Supreme Court in the first place", Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, said of Leahy, who appeared before her on the PBS NewsHour Monday night. "The FBI has, I think, gone through a process six times with him over the years". "We are women who have known Brett Kavanaugh for more than 35 years and knew him while he attended high school between 1979 and 1983". Trump picked Kavanaugh to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, a conservative who sometimes sided with the court's liberal wing.

"I support Senator Grassley's decision to have these 11th hour allegations thoroughly reviewed by the Senate Judiciary Committee, and weighed against Judge Kavanaugh's decades of public service, sterling record on the bench, outstanding personal reputation, and his unequivocal denial of the allegations", the Indianapolis Star quoted Braun as saying.

The Republican leader criticized Democrats for sitting on the information during weeks of debate on Kavanaugh's nomination.

"It's a awful thing that took place and it's frankly a bad thing that this information was not given to us months ago when they got it", Trump said.

McConnell says he has "great confidence" in the Senate Judiciary Committee's GOP chairman, Chuck Grassley, who has said he will seek interviews with both Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford. "What about other witnesses like Kavanaugh's friend Mark Judge?"

Ford detailed her allegation in a letter sent in July to Senator Dianne Feinstein, the committee's top Democrat. Chuck Grassley, said he wants to set up phone calls with Kavanaugh and Ford, but did not say he would postpone the vote.

Leahy, the most senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, announced last Thursday in the Washington Post that he would vote against Kavanaugh's confirmation.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill Sept. 4 2018 in Washington D.C
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"If they wanted to be I would certainly do that".

"She reached out to me afterward, supporting me and my story and that she had something happen to her when she was really young and that the guy was a federal judge", White said.

Ford said in the interview with the newspaper that Kavanaugh threw her down on a bed, grinding his body against hers and trying to pull off her one-piece bathing suit and the clothing she was wearing over it. Ford said when she tried to scream, he put his hand over her mouth.

Trump had alluded to the idea Monday that the allegation might be politically tainted, repeatedly noting how it came so late in the process.

"In view of the enormity and seriousness of these allegations, a staff-only phone call behind closed doors is unacceptable and Democratic staff will not participate", Feinstein said in a statement on Monday. Murkowski said Ford's story "must be taken seriously".

Trump also again attacked Democrats for "holding" onto the allegations, saying it was "a bad thing that took place" when the story surfaced over the weekend.

He has vehemently denied the accusation, and a senator who spoke with him on Monday said he doesn't even recall being at such a party.

Kavanaugh has denied the assault allegation, calling it "completely false".

"We will not sit by and let Republicans use this hearing to attack, undermine and shame Ford", declared UltraViolet executive director Shaunna Thomas.

Republicans responded that reopening the investigation is up to the White House and they are sticking with their plans for a Monday hearing - with or without Ford's participation.

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