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Trump challenges Kavanaugh accuser's credibility, dividing Republicans

22 September 2018

The committee must approve the nomination before it passes to the full Senate for a vote. Ford has said Judge witnessed the alleged assault.

Ford went public with her accusation over the weekend in a Washington Post interview and said Monday through her lawyer that she was ready to testify. Ford told the Washington Post earlier this week that she did not tell her parents, or anyone else, about the alleged assault in its immediate aftermath-she was afraid to tell them she had been at a party where there had been underage drinking.

White House adviser Kellyanne Conway said: "Asking for that usual sequence to be reversed is very unusual". "But there is something we can prove and that is Judge Kavanaugh's character". Kavanaugh and his wife also had received threats, a senior White House official said. Is that the reaction of an innocent person?

Republicans are defending their majority in the House and aiming to hold on to their slim advantage in the Senate.

Republicans have rejected the comparisons to the Hill proceedings.

"I think it's a very sad situation", he said, asking, 'Why didn't somebody call the Federal Bureau of Investigation 36 years ago?. A Republican aide didn't dispute the figure, but said those updates can be relatively minor, such as adding a nominee's tax records or educational information that had been inadvertently excluded.

Just 9 percent of Democrats support Kavanaugh's confirmation, compared with 70 percent of Republicans. On Thursday, Alaska Gov. Bill Walker and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott - both independents - issued a statement opposing Kavanaugh's nomination.

Speaker Kayla Kessinger, a Republican state delegate in West Virginia who is running for re-election primarily on a pro-life platform - in a state that is taking up a ballot initiative to revoke public funding of abortions in November - told ABC News: "I am absolutely, one hundred percent supportive of Brett Kavanaugh".

-Reporters kept at a distance, as they are for Kavanaugh and most other high-profile hearings. For instance, they want Kavanaugh to testify first, and they don't want him in the room when she testifies. John Cornyn, Texas, the No. 2 Republican in the chamber, told CNN. "If she says, 'I can't do it this day, ' and they give her another day, 'I can't do it.' Look, move forward".

"We're in this circus", she told ABC News.

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After days of restrained comments on the allegations by California professor Christine Blasey Ford, Trump took to Twitter to question her account of what happened between her and Kavanaugh at a party in 1982 when they were in high school.

In the blistering letter, Democrats accused Republicans of handling Blasey Ford's accusations worse than lawmakers did with Anita Hill's allegations against Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas back in 1991.

Ford's lawyers repeated their call for the matter to be dealt with in a rigorous investigation, not what Democrats describe as a rushed hearing in the Republican-dominated Senate aimed at confirming Kavanaugh as quickly as possible. "We're going to plow right through it and do our job". Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii.

Kavanaugh can not be confirmed for a lifetime appointment to the nation's highest court without approval from the Senate. "You have to ask yourself why".

Demonstrators protested outside Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles E. Grassley's office in the Hart Senate Office Building.

"We're getting a lot of calls, many of which are angry and some of which are threatening", said Tom Mentzer, a spokesman for Sen. At each step, committee Democrats have publicly echoed Ford's call for a delayed hearing. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said she was appalled by Trump's tweet.

"We already had a hearing", Cornyn said. "Neither one of those options is useful if she wants to stop Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court", Roberts writes in her new op-ed for ABC News.

Aides have noted that the President's measured response is partly because the allegation isn't against him.

But Ford said Monday is impossible for her, offering instead to testify later in the week under certain conditions. They left the seat vacant for a record 422 days, while now pushing to confirm Kavanaugh before the court sits on October 1 - a month before the party's political fortunes could change in the midterm elections.

Trump challenges Kavanaugh accuser's credibility, dividing Republicans