Trump defends Kavanaugh after sexual assault allegation

Trump defends Kavanaugh after sexual assault allegation

Ford initially contacted both Feinstein and the Washington Post in July, but at the time, she was not willing to make her allegation publicly.

Lindsey Graham reacted Monday on "Hannity" to an allegation of sexual misconduct against Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Lindsey Graham of SC, said he's willing to hear from Ford provided that it's "done immediately" to keep the confirmation process on track.

The allegation against Kavanaugh first came to light late last week in the form of a letter that had been for some time in the possession of Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the judiciary committee and one of its four female members.

With Kavanaugh's once-safe nomination for a lifetime job on the top US court now appearing in jeopardy, the conservative federal appeals court judge nominated by President Donald Trump had meetings at the White House earlier on Monday and called he assault allegation "completely false".

Ted Cruz suggested Monday that Democrats "are playing games" in forcing a delay in Judge Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court, though he agreed that senators should hear from the judge and his accuser about a sex assault allegation from three decades ago.

A senior White House aide also said Ford should be heard and should testify under oath.

Ford, a professor in clinical psychology at Palo Alto University, reluctantly came forward to tell her story, ultimately changing her life forever.

Eshoo says that in weighing privacy concerns, the woman "has demonstrated her willingness to risk these factors to present the truth".

"I have never done anything like what the accuser describes - to her or to anyone", he said in a statement. Both Kavanaugh and Dr. Ford will appear in front of the Senators to give their sides of the story. Judge Kavanaugh has also said he is willing to testify.

Both are under enormous pressure from outside groups who want them to oppose Kavanaugh on grounds that as a justice he could vote to undercut the Roe v. Wade ruling legalizing abortion.

Republicans, who hold a narrow majority on the committee and in the Senate, are eager to confirm Kavanaugh in time for him to join the high court when it begins its fall term in two weeks.

"Now the whole nation's trying to figure out something that's not really evident", said Sen. Ford kept silent about the attempted assault until 2012, when she revealed the story to a therapist during couples counseling with her husband.

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Now Ford has told The Washington Post she had chose to waive her anonymity because she felt her "civic responsibility" was "outweighing my anguish and terror about retaliation" after the basic outlines of the story emerged in media last week.

Shortly before Grassley's announcement, the senator said there would be private, telephone interviews of Kavanaugh and Ford conducted by committee staffers.

The two women say the 63 other women who signed the letter to back the judge's reputation stand by their signatures, but are not speaking out to avoid the press.

During a television interview, Sen.

For his part, Kavanaugh on Monday again strongly denied in a new statement a woman's allegation that he sexually assaulted her when they were both in high school, saying "this never happened".

Republican Bob Corker also said delaying the vote "would be best for all involved".

Ms. Katz said Ms. Ford went to the senator because she thought she had information that had bearing on the fitness and character of Judge Kavanaugh.

Kavanaugh, who was nominated by President Donald Trump, said in a statement Monday that Ford's accusation was "completely false".

Ford told the Post that when she tried to scream, Kavanaugh put his hand over her mouth.

Katz told ABC's Good Morning America her client is "willing to co-operate" with investigators and the Senate's judiciary committee.

"All Senators, regardless of party, should insist the Federal Bureau of Investigation perform its due diligence and fully investigate the allegations as part of its review of Judge Kavanaugh's background", the senators said. "If it takes a little delay, it'll take a little delay", the president said.

He has since publicly apologized to Hill, saying past year that he was "so sorry that she had to go through what she went through".

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