The latest on Brett Kavanaugh: Nominee denies accuser allegation

Pauline Gross
September 18, 2018

Brett Kavanaugh and the woman accusing him of a decades-old sexual assault both indicated Monday they would be willing to testify to a Senate panel as the confirmation of President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee shifted from seemingly painless to problematic.

Without the emergence of new evidence, we will never know if Christine Blasey Ford's accusation against Brett Kavanaugh is true or not.

While Democrats demanded a delay in a scheduled Thursday vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee on the nomination to allow the FBI to investigate, Senate Republicans struggled with how to proceed. And he called a question about whether Kavanaugh should withdraw "ridiculous". John Cornyn, said Mr. Grassley's plan to conduct follow-up calls is the right way to proceed.

Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who alerted Congress to allegations of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh in a confidential letter earlier this summer, has come forward to share details of the incident, the Washington Post reported Sunday.

"I am willing to talk to the Senate Judiciary Committee in any way the Committee deems appropriate to refute this false allegation, from 36 years ago, and defend my integrity", Kavanaugh said.

Republican Jeff Flake told Politico late on Sunday that he wasn't "comfortable voting yes" if a vote is held "without any attempt with hearing what she's had to say".

Kavanaugh has denied that the incident ever took place, saying, "I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation".

Trump and Kavanaugh were not scheduled to meet while the judge was at the White House on Monday, two officials said.

The judge was seen arriving at the White House on Monday morning but there was no immediate explanation of the reason for his visit.

After initially guarding her anonymity, Ford "decided to take control of this and tell this in her own voice" after the allegations were leaked, her lawyer said.

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Ford received her PhD from the University of Southern California, master's degrees from Stanford University and Pepperdine University, and her bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Democratic lawmakers are demanding a delay on the committee vote to advance Kavanaugh to the full Senate's confirmation vote.

"Well, this woman should not be insulted and she should not be ignored", said Conway. Both Kavanaugh and Ford have said they will also testify.

The White House said it is sticking by Kavanaugh's nomination to fill a vacancy on the court, the country's highest.

"All Senators, regardless of party, should insist the Federal Bureau of Investigation perform its due diligence and fully investigate the allegations as part of its review of Judge Kavanaugh's background", the senators said. "But women who went to Yale with him, women who were taught with him at Harvard, his many female law clerks, the mothers of the young girls he coaches in basketball here in a suburb in D.C., this is important, the 65 women who knew him in high school".

A split seemed to be emerging among the GOP. As her private outreach to California Democratic Sen. "I did not do this back in high school or at any time".

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, who is not on the committee but is a key undecided vote on Kavanaugh's nomination, told CNN a delay may be necessary.

"She should be heard", Conway said, adding that the process "should not unduly delay the vote on Judge Kavanaugh".

"Anyone who comes forward as Dr. Ford has deserves to be heard, so I will continue working on a way to hear her out in an appropriate, precedented and respectful manner", Grassley said. Even now, leading Democrats on the judiciary committee are arguing that any hearings featuring Ford should be delayed. Yet, according to reports, Democrats were in possession of Ford's letter for months and sat on it. Feinstein personally met with Kavanaugh and didn't bring up this "extremely serious" charge of sexual assault. On Sunday, the Post published an interview with Ford.

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