Danger for Trump court pick as assault accuser vows to testify

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Kavanaugh's statement came shortly after Ford said through her attorney that she would be willing to speak with Congress to tell her side of the story.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, also said in a tweet by a CNN reporter that the vote to consider Kavanaugh might have to be delayed: "This is not something that came up during the hearings".

"Dr. Blasey Ford believes he attempted to rape her when she was in high school and that bears on his fitness and character", Katz said.

They're hoping their new strategy will salvage Kavanaugh's endangered nomination with a risky, nationally televised showdown between the appeals court judge and his accuser.

Conway said Monday on "Fox & Friends" that Ford "should be heard", but, she added, "so should he", explaining that both Ford and Kavanaugh are expected to give their accounts in sworn testimony, which will then be provided to lawmakers in time for the vote.

"NOW respectfully demands that Brett Kavanaugh withdraw and if he doesn't, that the Committee and the full Senate rejects the nomination of this flawed nominee", she said.

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When she testified before the Judiciary Committee, senators on both sides of the all-male panel questioned her credibility. He said he would be willing to talk to the committee "in any way" it deems appropriate to "defend my integrity".

The Senate Judiciary Committee scheduled a public hearing on the allegations next Monday.

But Mr. Trump said they want to go through the process correctly, and said Democrats should not have waited until the final days of his process. He says, "I'm not really sure where this goes from here".

"This woman should not be insulted and she should not be ignored". Kavanaugh has repeatedly "categorically and unequivocally" denied the accusation.

In a New York Times opinion piece published Monday, former federal clerk and assistant US attorney David Lat urged delaying Kavanaugh's confirmation vote so Ford's allegations can be investigated and her testimony heard.

Democrats have been bitterly opposed to Trump's choice of Kavanaugh for the nation's highest court.

The President is annoyed because he feels his nominee's name is being run through the mud by Democrats wielding old allegations, White House officials said. She told the Post she was afraid Kavanaugh might "inadvertently kill" her during a party in the early 1980s, alleging that the Supreme Court nominee pinned her to a bed and groped her over a one-piece bathing suit. But the president says Kavanaugh's nomination is "on track".

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Whether Kavanaugh becomes the newest Supreme Court justice will depend largely on his and Ford's performances in front of the Judiciary panel and a national television audience. "She said every woman should be heard, yet she continues to campaign with Keith".

While of a different nature, Trump views the Kavanaugh situation through the same lens: unfair allegations made to personally hurt him. But faced with a growing #MeToo movement, they are also sensitive about appearances.

The Judiciary Committee is split between majority Republicans and Democrats 11-10.

Grassley criticized Feinstein's decision to hold onto the information for six weeks.

It looks increasingly likely as though the September 20 scheduled vote will be delayed in order to give Ford an opportunity to testify before the Judiciary Committee, and allow Kavanaugh to come back before the committee to respond to the accusations. She later released a statement saying that she was not trivializing sexual assault. "It was something that she struggled with mightily". She fled the house and told no one of the alleged rape attempt. The article reports that reporters from other organizations figured out her identity, and were contacting her and her colleagues.

Moreover, the way in which all of this arose, at five minutes to midnight in the long confirmation process, suggests that this is political hardball, if not dirt ball.

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