As Senate weighs Kavanaugh, Thomas example offers cautions

Kavanaugh Doubles Down on Denial – But Makes Secret Visit to White House

Kavanaugh Doubles Down on Denial – But Makes Secret Visit to White House

"There's a lot of information we don't know and the Federal Bureau of Investigation should have the time it needs to investigate this new material".

Democrats, led by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY, called for a delay in the vote, and two committee Republicans - all 11 on the GOP side are men - Sens. Both are critics of President Trump and neither are up for reelection in their mostly conservative states.

Katz said Ford, who revealed her identity Sunday in an interview with The Washington Post after weeks of refusing to do so, believes "she would have been raped" by Kavanaugh had he not been drunk.

Katz also said Monday that her client was "willing to take whatever it takes to get her story forth", and would testify before the committee under oath.

Ford and Kavanaugh both agreed to testify under oath before the committee.

A vote in Judiciary Committee is slated for Thursday, but several GOP senators, including Arizona's Jeff Flake, have said that the committee should hear from Ford before they move forward on Kavanaugh's nomination.

The chairman of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee said on Monday he is working to get to the bottom of sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and that Kavanaugh's accuser should be able to present her case. Murkowski said Ford's story "must be taken seriously". She is willing to tell her story publicly, her lawyer, Debra Katz, said Monday on NBC's "Today" show.

Kavanaugh also said that he is willing to defend himself in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee "in any way the Committee deems appropriate". "I have never done anything like what the accuser describes-to her or to anyone", Kavanaugh's statement read, "Because this never happened, I had no idea who was making this accusation until she identified herself yesterday".

Leading groups on the left have been pushing for a halt to Kavanaugh's nomination ever since the allegation from Dr. Ford, who spoke to the Washington Post about the incident on Sunday, were made public last week.

FILE - In this December 8, 2017, file photo, Anita Hill speaks at a discussion about sexual harassment in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The explosive assault claim makes the Supreme Court the latest USA institution to be rocked by fallout from the year-old #MeToo movement exposing sexual misconduct.

"This is a completely false allegation", Kavanaugh said in a statement Monday morning.

But the far more significant issues with Ford's claim involve the things her story now lacks.

"They need to be fully vetted", Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin III of West Virginia, also called for slowing the process. Democrats called for the judiciary committee to hold off its Thursday vote, The Washington Post reported.

"I hope they will be given the opportunity to do that as quickly as possible", Manchin said.

Specifically, the countdown clock until Election Day in November, when Republicans' majorities in both the House of Representatives and the Senate could be in peril.

This letter appears to be a response to the letter that emerged on Friday signed by 65 women who attended high school with Kavanaugh during the period of time he's alleged to have sexually assaulted Ford, and vouched for his upstanding character.

Before the allegations arose, Gardner said he supported Kavanaugh's confirmation, saying he would make "an incredible Supreme Court justice". The confirmation went ahead.

During a 10-minute phone call with Sen.

"I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation". The official requested anonymity to comment on a matter the official was not authorized to discuss publicly.

That the president's senior counselor, Kellyanne Conway, swiftly advocated listening to the woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault points to the power of the #MeToo movement - and of women in politics. "Never had even a little blemish on his record".

Republicans fiercely criticized Feinstein for not coming forward with the allegation sooner and charged Democrats with arranging for Ford to level her charges at a time for maximum impact. After 35 years it is almost impossible to conduct a full or fair investigation.

Conway told reporters Monday accuser Christine Blasey Ford should "not be ignored or insulted". Ford has accused Kavanaugh of attacking her during a high school party in the 1980s.

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