Former Girlfriends And Longtime Friends Come to Brett Kavanaugh's Defense

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Democrat lawmakers were protesting the manner and setting of the Senate Judiciary Hearing slated for Monday for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser Dr Christine Blasey Ford to question each about Ford's allegations that Kavanaugh tried to rape her in 1983 while the two were in high school.

Former classmate Jenny Yerrick Martin said she knew Ford from seventh to ninth grades when they both attended Holton.

President Donald Trump said Tuesday he would continue to back Kavanaugh, and he does not think an FBI investigation of allegations against him is necessary before the hearing.

"It's a process, and we all feel - speaking for all of the Republicans - we feel that we want to go through this process and we want to give everybody a chance to say what they have to say".

Ford's attorney Lisa Banks said Tuesday on CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360" following the release of Ford's letter that Ford will talk with the committee but that she's not prepared for a hearing that soon.

On trade - a day after imposing 10 percent tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports, to which China retaliated with $60 billion in additional tariffs on USA goods - Trump said "we've just started".

Grassley said there is no reason to delay Ford's testimony and an invitation for her to appear before the committee on Monday stands. "It can be closed, whatever Ms. Ford wants", said Sen.

Republicans, who have rejected calls for an Federal Bureau of Investigation inquiry, indicated that they would consider moving forward with the hearing Monday even if Ford didn't testify.

Debra Katz, a lawyer for Ford - who only came forward publicly on Sunday after trying to keep her name hidden for more than a month - had said earlier she was ready to speak under oath before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

But Ford and Democrats now have the support of the potent #MeToo movement, which over the past year has churned up example after example of powerful men in politics, media and entertainment who got away for years with sexual harassment and assault against women.

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'I feel so badly for him that he's going through this be honest with you.

All 10 Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee urged FBI Director Chris Wray and White House Counsel Don McGahn on Tuesday to reopen Kavanaugh's background investigation and provide a complete report before the hearing.

The agency's exhaustive background checks into Kavanaugh, as a Supreme Court nominee, were aimed at checking "whether the nominee could pose a risk to the national security of the United States", the Federal Bureau of Investigation said.

Republicans reversed course and agreed to the hearing in the face of growing demands by GOP senators to hear directly from the 53-year-old Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, now a psychology professor in California.

"I have never done anything like what the accuser describes - to her or to anyone", Kavanaugh said on Monday. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., a member of the Judiciary Committee who said the process had to slow down and that Ford needed to be heard. But Senate Democrats are not complying with Republicans wanting to conduct follow-up calls with the parties involved in the burgeoning scandal. Sen.

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) has been one to say that the FBI "does not do investigations like this". "Only then should the chairman set a hearing date", said Feinstein.

First, to be very clear, Ford has a right to be heard.

To make things more complicated, Ford and her attorney have not responded to inquiries from Republicans on the committee. "I think he's on track, very much on track", Mr Trump said.

The sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh recall Anita Hill's accusations against Clarence Thomas in 1991, but there are important differences as well as cautions for senators considering how to deal with the allegations.

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