Trump questions credibility of Kavanaugh accuser, lashes out at Democrats

Anita Hill spoke at a discussion about sexual harassment in December 2017

Republican sources on Capitol Hill say it's uncertain if the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing scheduled for Monday to address the sexual assault accusation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will actually occur. The two appeared before a special Judiciary Committee hearing, told their separate stories, and Thomas ultimately was confirmed, 52-48.

In the meantime, the Senate panel has also reached out to Kavanaugh's friend, Mark Judge, whom Ford says was in the room during the alleged incident.

As for a pre-hearing investigation, Trump said: "I don't think the FBI should be involved because they don't want to be involved".

"Requiring an FBI investigation of a 36-year-old allegation (without specific references to time or location) before Professor Ford will appear before the Judiciary Committee is not about finding the truth, but delaying the process till after the midterm elections", Sen. Eshoo gave the letter to Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.). They also want more witnesses besides Kavanaugh and Ford, hoping to avoid what they said would turn into a "he-said-she-said" moment.

Additionally, Democratic senators are calling for more witnesses and more time for the FBI to investigate the allegations.

Trump's tweets came as lawyers for Ford continued negotiations with Republicans about conditions under which she might testify next week in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee. In a statement Monday, he said, "I have never done anything like what the accuser describes - to her or to anyone".

As the scandal drags on, Donald Trump has once again voiced his support for the Supreme Court Justice nominee, noting Tuesday that he was "not a man who deserves this", and stressing that the allegations "should've been brought up long ago".




"We will delay the process until it's finished out", Trump said.

"She was anxious about her family", said Rep. Anna Eshoo, (D-Palo Alto), explaining why Ford did not initially go public with her claims.

"Hi all, deleted this because it served its goal and I am now dealing with a slew of requests for interviews from The Wash Post, CNN, CBS News", she tweeted.

"She will talk with the committee".

Democrats decried Republicans' plans to push ahead with the hearing without seeking a full FBI investigation. Kavanaugh has denied the allegations.

The president too has rejected the idea of bringing in the Federal Bureau of Investigation to reopen its background check of the appeals court judge.

Kavanaugh's accuser, Prof. Christine Blasey Ford, has not responded to committee officials seeking her testimony. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), said through a spokesman late Thursday that he would be consulting with colleagues on how to proceed.

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