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Julia Louis-Dreyfus signs letter supporting Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford

20 September 2018

Democratic lawmakers are demanding a delay on the committee vote to advance Kavanaugh to the full Senate's confirmation vote. According to Washington Post reporter Seung Min Kim, Foy said Sunday that the vote had not been rescheduled.

"I think he's very much on track", Trump said. Kavanaugh said on Monday that he is willing to refute Ford's "false allegation" before the Senate Judiciary Committee if necessary. "His nomination should be put on hold until those hearing are complete".

President Donald Trump grudgingly opened the door Monday to "a little delay" in a Senate vote on Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh, even as top Republicans fought to prevent the accusation that Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted a fellow high school student from morphing into a mortal blow to the nomination.

Kavanaugh has flatly denied the allegation, saying he did not do this "at any time". "I have never done anything like what the accuser describes-to her or to anyone".

"I have never done anything like what the accuser describes - to her or to anyone", Kavanaugh said in a statement released by the White House.

"The standard procedure for updates to any nominee's background investigation file is to conduct separate follow-up calls with relevant parties".

For now, it's unclear if the Republicans who control the Senate Judiciary Committee will allow Ford to testify publicly.

Also Monday afternoon, Leahy announced that he and five other Democratic committee members had filed a lawsuit to compel the National Archives and the Central Intelligence Agency to release all records involving Kavanaugh during his time working in the White House.

"In order for me to assess the credibility of these allegations, I want to have both individuals come before the Senate Judiciary Committee and testify under oath", Collins told reporters. Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin III of West Virginia, also called for slowing the process.

My guess is that Senate proceedings will be delayed past the scheduled vote this Thursday and that the testimony of Both Kavanaugh and Ford will be heard. "Ford by listening to her and hearing her story". However, Ford's husband, Russell, said his wife did mention Kavanaugh by the name as the sessions progressed.

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The White House said Monday that the nominee's denial has not changed. In this case, that would entail phone calls with at least Judge Kavanaugh and Dr. Ford. "They turned up the music very loudly and at some point Mark Judge jumped on the bed, they all toppled off, and she was able to escape", Banks told NPR.

Nearly a quarter - 23% - didn't know whether the Senate should vote to confirm Kavanaugh, slightly fewer than "didn't know" about Thomas in July (pre-Hill accusations) - 31%.

"This is a completely false allegation", he said in a statement issued through the White House on Monday morning.

One supporter of Kavanaugh pushed back on some reporting that the White House or Republicans would deploy any aggressive attack, calling it "infuriating". Flake went as far as to say he was "not comfortable" voting for Kavanaugh for the time being.

Trump's fellow Republicans control the Senate by only a narrow margin, meaning any defections could sink the nomination and deal a major setback to Trump, who has been engaged in a so-far successful effort since becoming president a year ago to move the Supreme Court and broader federal judiciary to the right.

"Trying to rush this through on Thursday is an insult to the women of America and an insult to the majesty of the Supreme Court of the United States", Schumer said.

Senator Dianne Feinstein, the leading Democrat on the committee overseeing Kavanaugh's confirmation, received a letter detailing Ford's claim in July, but the charge was not made public until last Wednesday. She says the woman considers Kavanaugh's actions "attempted rape".

Collins said that in a telephone conversation with Kavanaugh on Friday, he was "absolutely emphatic" that the assault didn't occur, and she said it would be "disqualifying" if Kavanaugh was lying.

"She believes that but for his inebriation and his inability to take her clothes off, he would have raped her", Katz said.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus signs letter supporting Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford