Jeff Flake: Kavanaugh Accuser 'Must Be Heard'

Kavanaugh accuser said to be willing to testify before US Senate committee

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"Because this never happened, I had no idea who was making this accusation until she identified herself yesterday". The 53-year-old judge was there to meet with the White House legal team to prepare for potential interviews or questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee, a source familiar with the matter said. "And how it's handled for the next 48 to 72 hours, I think will be a really politically unsafe thing for both parties".

This means it would take just Mr Flake to potentially derail Thursday's committee vote, while only two Republican defections would swing the outcome away from Mr Kavanaugh in the Senate.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said in a statement that anyone who comes forward as Ford does should be heard - but stopped short of suggesting testifying before the full committee.

A person familiar with Ford's story said that at around the time she sent Eshoo the letter, Ford discussed with friends how she might go public with her story.

Democrats immediately called for a delay in a key committee vote set for this week and at least one Republican panel member said he was willing to hear from the woman, but that the confirmation process must not be derailed.

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Senate Republicans want to follow up with Kavanaugh's accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, in the regular order of the Senate confirmation process.

With Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation still in the balance, Republicans on the hill and in Trump's White House are scurrying to try to discredit Ford's story the best they can.

She described a high school party in the early 1980s at which a drunken Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed, attempted to pull off her clothes, and covered her mouth as she tried to scream. Kavanaugh has categorically denied the incident occurred, so logically, both he and Ford can not both be telling the truth.

In 2018, a historic number of women have already been nominated - nearly exclusively on the Democratic side of the aisle - thanks to frustration with President Donald Trump and his treatment of women. "Ford by listening to her and hearing her story", Heitkamp added in a statement posted to her Twitter page.

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 Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee and one of its four female members.

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Trump picked Kavanaugh to replace the retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, a conservative who sometimes sided with the court's liberal wing.

Those looking to how the public received Hill's accusations against Thomas in hopes that Kavanaugh will still prevail may see a good sign in that the percentage of Americans supporting his nomination did not drop after Hill's allegations and testimony.

The White House and other Kavanaugh supporters had dismissed the allegation of sexual misconduct when it was initially conveyed in a private letter. It was expected that only staffers for Republican senators would be on the call, as Democrats have advocated that the FBI investigate Ford's claims in lieu of further action by the committee.

"Exhibit A. Democrat evidence against Brett Kavanaugh 1963", the post reads.

Ford is a professor and research psychologist in Northern California at Palo Alto University and the Stanford University PsyD Consortium, a clinical psychology program where she teaches statistics, research methods and psychometrics. Dianne Feinstein, led a number of Democrats calling for a delay in the vote. The panel would also likely seek testimony from Mark Judge, Kavanaugh's friend and classmate who Ms Ford says jumped on top of her and Kavanaugh.

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