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I Want Both the Nominee, His Accuser to Testify Under Oath

I Want Both the Nominee, His Accuser to Testify Under Oath

But in an election that's shaping up to be a referendum on Trump, the president and his party already were facing a headwind of opposition from women. Jeff Flake of Arizona, a Judiciary Committee member who has clashed bitterly with Trump and is retiring from the Senate.

Kavanaugh, meanwhile, was seen arriving at the White House late Monday morning.

An official working closely with his team described Kavanaugh as "shaken, but focused", with the conversation revolving around "defending his integrity".

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is again denying a woman's allegation he sexually assaulted her at a party three decades ago.

Dr Ford, 51, a clinical psychology professor at Palo Alto University in California, said: "I thought he might inadvertently kill me". In both cases, the allegations became public only after the nominees went through their initial confirmation hearings. Kavanaugh came to the White House amid the upheaval, but there was no immediate word on why or whether he had been summoned. "We need to delay the vote", Leahy said.

At the White House, Trump said he's open to a delay in order to keep the process going and eventually confirm Kavanaugh. He is an outstanding intellect and outstanding judge respected by everybody.

Mr. Judge has said the incident never happened.

Kavanaugh denies the allegation and has said he would be willing to testify about Ford's allegations.

While she initially sought to keep her allegation confidential, Ford said she opted to go public once the allegation emerged in the public eye and reporters began pursuing her.

Sources told CNN that Kavanaugh has hired attorney Beth Wilkinson to represent him. Her campaign did not immediately return a message seeking comment Monday.

The Senate Judiciary Committee as of Monday morning had not changed its plan for a Thursday vote on whether to recommend Kavanaugh and forward his nomination to the full Senate.




At the White House, President Trump said he wishes Democrats would not have waited to release the information.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, said in a statement early Monday afternoon that Ford "deserves to be heard" but stopped short of committing to a public airing that would likely force a delay of a planned committee vote on Thursday.

Despite that, Napolitano said, in the "post-Clarence Thomas era" of Supreme Court hearings, both Ford and Kavanaugh will be asked to testify under oath. "And given the political environment, and given how the nomination process was rolling along, she made the calculation that she did not want to come forward publicly".

"I don't know enough about Dr Ford and her allegations yet" to reach a conclusion, Collins said. The letter's contents leaked last week and Ford identified herself in an interview with the Washington Post published on Sunday.

The president's eldest son also posted an image of an apparently fake note that looked like it was written by a child, joking that it was a letter making allegations about Kavanaugh. Dianne Feinstein, the committee's top Democrat, cited the allegations' "enormity and seriousness" and said the Federal Bureau of Investigation should do the interviewing and let the committee decide whether to seek additional information.

After the meeting, Eshoo said Ford wrote and addressed a letter to Feinstein.

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"I really think it. So she has a great deal of credibility". Ford said she managed to escape when Judge jumped on top of them.

In a statement, Sen. "Feinstein did everything to protect the privacy of our mutual constituent".

Debra S. Katz, Ford's attorney, said the accuser was ready to testify publicly to the Judiciary panel but said senators hadn't contacted her about how that might occur. She says that a small group of students were drinking at a home in suburban Maryland, and that Kavanaugh and a friend, Mark Judge, were heavily intoxicated.

Katz declined to tell NBC whether her client believes Kavanaugh's nomination should be withdrawn from consideration.

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