Brett Kavanaugh: Sexual assault accuser 'needs more time'

Brett Kavanaugh: Sexual assault accuser 'needs more time'

Here's the situation: With six weeks to go before crucial midterm elections, Republicans, who already have a problem appealing to women, are planning a high-profile public hearing that risks reminding women of why that is.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, head of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has rejected Democrats calls to delay Monday's Must See TV hearing in which Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was scheduled to debate his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford.

Republicans are incensed that they have to go through this.

"This is like the fifth prominent person Donald Trump has supported who has been accused of mistreating women", he said.

If they could have found a way out of it, they would have seized it by now, but all exits have been blocked.

Precisely when and where that party was no one seems to know, so how Kavanaugh can be sure he wasn't there is one of the mysteries the Senate committee might explore next week if hearings resume. Kavanaugh himself reportedly raised the possibility of mistaken identity, which Whelan also noted.

He's not opted for the wiggly explanation that he can't remember the incident but regrets it if it happened.

Late-night hosts discussed the allegation of sexual assault being leveled against supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and how the Republican party has been handling it. The president said he trusts the Senate to do its job.

Kavanaugh denies the charge and will apparently tell his side of the story before the Senate Judiciary Committee next Monday.

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Kavanaugh very well may be entirely innocent, of course, but this only underscores the point further.

The incident allegedly happened at a gathering of teenagers at a house, when Mr Kavanaugh and a friend allegedly "corralled" her into a bedroom.

Polls show a historic low percentage of Americans - just 31% - want Kavanaugh to be confirmed, according to a Reuters poll released Wednesday.

Grassley sent Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee a letter Wednesday in which he explained all the options the committee has given Ford for testifying about an alleged sexual assault that occurred in high school by a drunken Kavanaugh.

Editor's Note: On Tuesday night, CNN reported that Kavanaugh's accuser, Christine Ford, wants the Federal Bureau of Investigation to probe allegations before she testifies. "I think that if you are somebody who has gone through what Mrs. Ford has said she has gone through and this is the way it plays out, it is going to add to the suspicion that people have about the allegations". "And she obviously was really terrified about what could become of her and her family". How could a statement and 65 signatures come together so fast after outlines of the allegation first surfaced publicly? "She doesn't know how she got there, when it was and so that would logically be something where she would get questions".

It's disturbing how reminiscent Ford's experience is of that of Anita Hill, who similarly came forward in 1991, reluctantly, to share the sexual harassment she experienced when working with then-SCOTUS nominee Clarence Thomas.

But maybe they're both telling the truth. He said it would be "wonderful" if Ford testified and "unfortunate" otherwise.

Prof Ford earlier declined the Senate's offer to testify unless the FBI began investigating the judge. But he suggested Republicans will not bend from their offer of a hearing Monday. "This is a very tough thing for him and his family and we want to get over it but at the same time we want to give tremendous amounts of time".

After coming forward on Sunday against Kavanaugh, Ford indicated through her attorney on Monday that she would be willing to testify before Congress.

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