Trump questions why Kavanaugh accuser didn't call the Federal Bureau of Investigation after alleged assault

Trump questions why Kavanaugh accuser didn't call the Federal Bureau of Investigation after alleged assault

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has agreed to testify on Monday before the Senate Judiciary Committee according to a letter distributed by the White House on Thursday.

With Trump's effort to cement conservative control of the nation's highest court on a knife's edge, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley set a Friday morning deadline for Christine Blasey Ford to decide if she will talk to lawmakers.

Ford told the Washington Post on Sunday that an intoxicated Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her during a party when they were in high school and put his hand over her mouth when she attempted to call for help. Kavanaugh denies that account.

Numerous Republicans had called for the confirmation process to move forward if Ford would not agree to testify, and they accused Democrats of trying to stall the confirmation process. Multiple news reports on Thursday indicated a female special counsel was being considered to questioning Ford instead of the committee.

Susan Collins has suggested she will vote for Kavanaugh unless Ford testifies.

The email said Ford's "strong preference" remains that the committee allow a thorough investigation of her claim before she appears. The committee has also invited Kavanaugh to testify on Monday.

Katz reiterated that Ford would like the FBI to investigate before her testimony.

In a separate letter to Democrats, Mr Grassley wrote that committee aides were "even willing to fly to California, or anywhere else, to meet her". Former FBI special agent and current CNN analyst Asha Rangappa said that she was told background checks for "presidential appointees only go back 10 years or back to age 18".

"He's got tremendous support, I can tell you that - tremendous", Trump said. "If she shows up that would be wonderful". Her colleagues and Republicans both have criticized her for the way she has handled this situation. They also want more witnesses besides Kavanaugh and Ford, hoping to avoid what they said would turn into merely a "he-said-she-said" moment.

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"We continue to give her a lot of time". Grassley said he was disturbed to learn of the threats.

Republicans fear if the nomination is delayed any further, it could be endangered by a possible Democratic sweep of the looming congressional midterm elections in seven weeks.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., September 20, 2018.

The sexual assault allegation should be fully investigated, Sack said, but in the meantime, Ford shouldn't be dismissed as less than credible.

Democratic senators, pointing to the highly-charged Anita Hill hearings in October 1991, have defended Ford's request to have the Federal Bureau of Investigation do its own probe before she testifies.

"Dr. Ford was reluctantly thrust into the public spotlight only two days ago", Ford's attorney said in a statement Wednesday.

A Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday showed a growing number of Americans opposing Kavanaugh's nomination. Why didn't any of this come up at Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing? It was not immediately clear how Republicans would respond to Ford's request to testify later in the week.

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

He added that stories like Ford's "were rampant at that high school - I was not referring to her story specifically".

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