Trump says no Federal Bureau of Investigation probe needed on Supreme Court pick

Before Believing Kavanaugh's Accuser

Trump aide says sex claim against Brett Kavanaugh should be heard

But the president is predicting that it will "work out very well".

Trump, who has repeatedly brushed off allegations of his own sexual misconduct, has so far stood by the judge and on Tuesday he again called him "outstanding". Democrats are demanding a thorough investigation by the FBI, because these allegations are new.

"I feel so badly for him that he is going through this, to be honest with you", Trump said during a joint press conference with Polish President Andrzej Duda.

But there is also potential for overreach for the #MeToo movement - and Democrats - if they argue that one incident, allegedly carried out by a drunken 17-year-old Kavanaugh, disqualifies an otherwise stellar legal career and seemingly upright character. Earlier in the day, the president said he was "totally supporting" Kavanaugh and rejected calls for the FBI to investigate the accusation against him.

Anita Hill - whose sex-harassment allegations against Clarence Thomas almost derailed his appointment to the US Supreme Court in 1991 - took a swipe at the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday as it grappled with accusations against a new nominee. Then, the week before the committee was set to vote to advance Kavanaugh to the full Senate for confirmation, Feinstein announced she has referred the letter to the FBI for a criminal investigation against Kavanaugh.

"We have reached out to her in the last 36 hours, three or four times, by email, and we have not heard from them", Grassley said.

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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.

Blasey said Kavanaugh and a friend of his, Mark Judge, turned up music to drown out her screams. She also criticized men's reactions to Ford's allegations, implicitly attacking the Republican men on the Judiciary Committee.

But Conway said such testimony "should not unduly delay the vote".

Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Patrick Leahy (seated) with Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley. Even if the allegations are true, she does not believe they should disqualify the nominee, "because I don't think that's the kind of life that he's led".

If the Judiciary committee's timetable slips further, it would become increasingly hard for Republicans to schedule a vote before the November 6 elections, in which congressional control will be at stake. To ensure this crucial protest doesn't get overlooked in a busy news cycle, follow the hashtags #FamiliesBelongTogether and #EndFamilyDetention and tweet, post on Facebook, or tell friends about Trump's horrific plan and the fearless activists fighting against it. "But as you know they say this is not really their thing", Trump said.

"Obviously, if Judge Kavanaugh has lied about what happened, that would be disqualifying", she said.

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"I find her allegations worth looking into professionally", Leahy said in the interview.

That's when she came forward for the first time publicly in an interview with The Washington Post.

The White House recognizes the seriousness of the allegations and are loath to be seen as attempting to smear the alleged victim - especially given that two of the most important votes in this process involve two key Republican female senators: Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine.

McConnell said that "blatant malpractice" by Democrats - not releasing a letter by the accuser until the confirmation process was nearing its end - "will not stop the Senate from moving forward in a responsible manner".

Bush previously said Kavanaugh "is a fine husband, father, and friend - and a man of the highest integrity".

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