Published: Thu, September 20, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Read the Letter From Christine Blasey Ford Requesting an FBI Investigation

Read the Letter From Christine Blasey Ford Requesting an FBI Investigation

The president said he was "totally supporting" Kavanaugh and felt "terribly" for him and his family. Kavanaugh has denied Ford's allegation, and Judge says he doesn't remember any such thing.

Trump signaled that he was open to a delay in the confirmation process after Blasey Ford recently accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault back when they were both in high school.

U.S. Supreme Court nominee judge Brett Kavanaugh looks on during his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 4, 2018.

Ford has come under vast pressure to appear on Monday after her attorneys requested the FBI investigate the matter before she would testify before lawmakers. "They need to be believed", Hirono said. "I think they're going to do a good job".

Flake's hoping to deliver one last middle finger to the White House before riding off into retirement by borking Trump's nominee, but if Ford won't even go on the record he'll have no choice but to confirm.

She also suggested bringing in the testimony of experts "who can help them shape the questions they're going to ask". "She doesn't know how she got there, when it was and so that would logically be something where she would get questions", he said.

"If she shows up, that would be wonderful".

The FBI was involved originally since it handles part of the background checks for presidential nominations of Supreme Court justices. A substantial delay could push confirmation past the November elections - when Democrats have a shot at winning Senate control - plus allow more time for unforeseen problems to pop up.

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While his Republican challenger had little to say about the new allegations, West Virginia Democratic Sen. Republicans are certain to try to avoid a public airing of the allegations.

Dianne Feinstein waited almost three months to forward the information she had about the sexual assault accusations against Brett Kavanaugh to federal authorities.

Democrats, already opposed to Mr Kavanaugh, have sought an FBI investigation into Ms Ford's claims, a request Republicans rebuffed.

But the letter provoked protests from committee Republicans, who disputed the claim that Ford had been asked to testify on the same panel as Kavanaugh and insisted that an Federal Bureau of Investigation inquiry was not necessary for Ford to share her "personal knowledge and memory of events". She says that ever since she has spoken about the "truth", she has been receiving death threats and hate online.

The accusation has threatened to complicate Kavanaugh's nomination, which must be approved first by the Senate Judiciary Committee and then by the full chamber, which is narrowly controlled by Republicans.

Ford, 51, is a professor of psychology and a statistician at Palo Alto University who also teaches at Stanford.

"Personally speaking, I have known Brett Kavanaugh since high school and I know him to be a person of great integrity, a great friend, and I have never witnessed any improper conduct by Brett Kavanaugh towards women", he continued.

Hill was then asked by anchor George Stephanopoulos if Ford has an obligation to testify if, as the president and Republicans indicate, there isn't an FBI investigation, and the conditions are "not ideal". Patrick J. Smyth sent a letter to Grassley and top committee Democrat Dianne Feinstein, denying seeing any "improper conduct" by Kavanaugh, a classmate at Georgetown Preparatory School, according to CNN, which obtained a copy of the letter.

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