Republican senators want Brett Kavanaugh vote postponed

After sexual assault allegations against the Supreme Court nominee are made by California professor Christine Ford, Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano explains what's next. When she tried to scream out he clamped a hand over her mouth.

Ford said she kept silent about the alleged incident until she was in couples' therapy with her husband in 2012. Republicans are aiming for full Senate confirmation of Kavanaugh before the Supreme Court term begins October 1.

Katz told NBC's "Today" show she "clearly considers this an attempted rape".

Feinstein called on the FBI to investigate Ford's story "before the Senate moves forward on this nominee".

Ford said that Kavanaugh forced himself on her by pinning her to a bed in the early 1980s, when the two were attending nearby high schools in Maryland.

The woman who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct has spoken out publicly for the first time in an account published Sunday by the Washington Post. Even then, she didn't say it was Kavanaugh, just boys from a nearby high school who were now "highly respected and high-ranking members of society in Washington".

There is a way back to the better times of which Ginsburg spoke, though it will require great courage and character - to confirm the highly qualified Kavanaugh with a bipartisan vote. That's where she says Kavanagh attacked her.

Flake, a frequent critic of President Donald Trump, is not running for re-election. She says Ford, a Democrat, isn't politically motivated.

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Hill said Friday, "The reluctance of someone to come forward demonstrates that even in the #MeToo era, it remains incredibly hard to report harassment, abuse or assault by people in power".

She continued, "The Senate Judiciary Committee should put in place a process that enables anyone with a complaint of this nature to be heard".

"Judge Kavanaugh and the White House both stand by that statement", said spokeswoman Kerri Kupec.

Senate Republicans, along with the White House, see no need to postpone voting over what they consider uncorroborated and unverifiable accusations, according to a person familiar with the situation but not authorized to speak publicly.

"Given the late addendum to the background file and revelations of Dr. Ford's identity, Chairman Grassley is actively working to set up such follow-up calls with Judge Kavanaugh and Dr. Ford ahead of Thursday's scheduled vote", the spokesman, Taylor Foy, said.

Mr Kavanaugh is strongly opposed by some Democrats for his views on issues such as abortion, and it seems unlikely any of them will cross the aisle to vote with their Republican colleagues. "I thought he might inadvertently kill me", Ford, now 51, told the Post.

Kavanaugh had been on a smooth confirmation track, but the new allegations have roiled that process. Murkowski said that while the allegations "are very old", they "seem to go into fair amount of detail", Sciutto reported. She knew Kavanaugh and a friend, Mark Judge, who went to the nearby all-boys Georgetown Prep. She said she believes it occurred in the summer of 1982, when she was 15, around the end of her sophomore year at the all-girls Holton-Arms School in Bethesda.

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