'Decision' Would Follow 'Credible' Kavanaugh Accuser Testimony

Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh listens during his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing in Washington

Hirono assailed the White House and Senate Republicans for their response to the allegations and said Kavanaugh's accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, is being victimized by the process. On Wednesday morning, he told reporters that the "FBI really doesn't do that" when asked if he believes the bureau should open a probe into the Kavanaugh sexual assault allegations.

President Donald Trump has said while he wants to hear from Ford, it's hard for him to "imagine that anything happened", referring to the sexual assault allegation brought by Ford.

He has also cast fresh doubt on whether the alleged attack even happened. Her family has relocated, they said.

In a letter addressed to Chuck Grassley, the committee chairman, seen by the Guardian, Mrs Ford's lawyers claim "a full investigation by law enforcement officials will ensure that the crucial facts and witnesses in this matter are assessed in a non-partisan manner, and that the Committee is fully informed before conducting any hearing or making any decisions".

Patrick J. Smyth - who graduated with Kavanaugh from Georgetown Prep in North Bethesda, Md, in 1983 - also denied seeing any "improper conduct" from the nominee, CNN reported, citing a letter written by Smyth's lawyer and sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Republicans have charged Democrats with attempting to stymie the confirmation until after the November midterm elections, and with weaponizing Ford's allegation to achieve that political end.

Yesterday, lawyers for Christine Blasey Ford were hesitant to commit to a public hearing with the Senate Judiciary Committee that would subject her to more trauma and raise her profile even higher with critics who would seek to do her harm. "Her email has been hacked, and she has been impersonated online", Katz and Banks said in their letter.

"If she shows up and makes a credible showing that'll be very interesting".

On Twitter, King added that she had removed her statement from Facebook because "it served its objective and I am now dealing with a slew of requests for interviews".




"It's a process, and we all feel - speaking for all of the Republicans - we feel that we want to go through this process and we want to give everybody a chance to say what they have to say".

Prof Ford, a psychology lecturer in California, has accused Judge Kavanaugh of drunkenly trying to remove her clothing in 1982 when they were both teenagers in a Washington DC suburb. "It is imperative the Judiciary committee move forward on the Kavanaugh nomination and a committee vote be taken ASAP".

Hillary Clinton says the White House should request an FBI investigation of the sexual-assault accusation facing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and any refusal to do so by Republicans amounts to rushing to confirm him.

The comments have called into question the hearing scheduled for next Monday in which she and Kavanaugh were expected to testify. The claim being made by Dr. Blasey is much more serious than what Professor Hill accused Clarence Thomas.

Democratic senators had urged Grassley to invite Judge to testify. If Collins votes yes on Kavanaugh, so will all the other Republicans, including Jeff Flake, which is all Kavanaugh needs.

If he loses Kavanaugh, the high-profile failure would deprive McConnell of a second, Supreme Court jewel and further depress turnout in the fall. However, the Department of Justice has said in regard to this topic that "the Federal Bureau of Investigation does not make any judgment about the credibility or significance of any allegation", so it is not clear that the Federal Bureau of Investigation would have the jurisdiction to get involved.

In a tweet Tuesday night, Trump wrote: "The Supreme Court is one of the main reasons I got elected as President".

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