Grassley sets Friday deadline for Trump top court pick Kavanaugh's accuser

Trump says it's 'very hard for me to imagine' alleged assault by Brett Kavanaugh

Trump says it's 'very hard for me to imagine' alleged assault by Brett Kavanaugh

As it turns out, it's not true that the FBI doesn't do investigations like this. Also, Hatch said Ford might need to address some apparent discrepancies between her therapist's notes, her attorney's public statements and her letter to Sen. Her family has relocated, they said. The president said he was "totally supporting" Kavanaugh and rejected calls for the FBI to investigate the accusation. "They did not raise it in the thousand-plus follow-up questions that senators sent to Judge Kavanaugh in writing".

The ugly confirmation battle could shake up the forthcoming mid-term elections. That's it. I don't have more to say on the subject, ' she wrote.

Guerry also sought on Wednesday to offer a different picture of the woman who was a girlhood friend saying that she is "strong" and "is holding up as well as can be expected given the circumstances".

Collins, long known for being a more liberal Republican, has faced pressure from far-left activists to vote against Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court. "This is a situation that is stacked.She's already been attacked, had to move out of her house".

No. 2 Senate Republican leader John Cornyn of Texas was one of the few Republicans who openly questioned Ford's version of events.

Earlier on Monday, Republican leaders displayed no willingness to delay a Judiciary panel vote that Grassley had planned for this Thursday to advance the nomination. Ford claimed to The Washington Post that she ultimately got away despite Kavanaugh and another boy turning the music up and covered her mouth so no one could hear her cries. "The invitation for Monday (Sept. 24) still stands".

Judge Thomas was narrowly confirmed and he remains a Supreme Court justice.

Democrats warned that anything less than a full investigation and fair hearing would haunt the GOP.

King explained on Twitter that she had decided not to speak out after being besieged by media requests.

Anita Hill, whose allegation Clarence Thomas sexually harassed her prompted a similar hearing in 1991, told ABC on Wednesday that the Judiciary Committee could be holding "just a sham proceeding" next week without the FBI investigation Ford wants.

In her original post, King said she knew Kavanaugh and Mark Judge, the man Ford says was present during the alleged assault.

Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch told CNN on Monday he believed Ford must be "mistaken" and that Kavanaugh told the senator he wasn't at the party.

Fellow Republican Susan Collins of ME said on Wednesday that she hopes Prof Ford "will reconsider and testify" on Monday. The FBI has said it is not investigating the matter, a decision backed by Republicans including Trump. "She is not prepared to talk with them at a hearing on Monday". John Kennedy, a member of the Judiciary panel from Louisiana.

On trade - a day after imposing 10 percent tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports, to which China retaliated with $60 billion in additional tariffs on USA goods - Trump said "we've just started". "I am, anyway, and I think most of us are".

Hatch said the committee's job is to decide if Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge in Washington, D.C., is someone "other than the outstanding" jurist he has shown himself to be in public testimony and 12 years on the federal bench. "Would you look into it?' of course they do", Leahy said.

Ford appears in both yearbooks as well.

President Donald Trump has upped his defence of Kavanaugh and expressed sympathy toward his nominee, who met with officials at the White House for a second straight day though not with the President.

"I really want to see her", Trump said. Trump added: "This is not a man that deserved this". "There are gaps in her memory". "I did not know her personally but I remember her".

Committee Republicans have planned for only Kavanaugh and Ford to testify, but Democrats want other witnesses, too.

"Now this is really what #MeToo is all about, if you think about it", said Sen.

He asked why Feinstein (D-Calif.) didn't bring up the accusations when Senate Democrats and Kavanaugh met privately in August. "And it is not the woman's fault". "And it is not the woman's fault".

According to Ford, Kavanaugh groped her and tried to take off her clothes at party when they were teenagers.

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