Graham open to having Kavanaugh accuser go before committee

Marsha Scott
September 18, 2018

Supreme Court nominee and accused attempted rapist Brett Kavanaugh has just issued a second statement denying he sexually assaulted and attempted to rape a then-15 year old girl when both were in high school.

"Anyone who comes forward as Dr. Ford has deserves to be heard, so I will continue working on a way to hear her out in an appropriate, precedented and respectful manner", Grassley said.

Ford said in the interview with the newspaper that Kavanaugh threw her down on a bed, grinding his body against hers and trying to pull off her one-piece bathing suit and the clothing she was wearing over it. Ford said that when she tried to scream, he put his hand over her mouth.

Kavanaugh has vigorously denied the allegations, saying they are "completely false".

He added: "I have never done anything like what the accuser describes, to her or to anyone".

Asked about the allegations on Fox & Friends, Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president and one of the highest-ranking women in the White House, gave a barely comprehensible answer, trying to simultaneously argue she wants to hear Ford's story while casting doubt on it.

But the allegations of sexual misconduct, particularly coming amid the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment, coupled with Ms Ford's emergence could complicate matters. Whether Ford's accusation is true or not, Democratic Sen.

The letter as read to CNN said the woman had "not knowingly seen Kavanaugh since the assault", but had seen the other person once, and that he "was extremely uncomfortable seeing me".

Before the allegations against Kavanaugh became public, Blunt touted Kavanaugh's personal background in a speech on the Senate floor earlier this month and criticized Democratic efforts to slow his nomination. She said managed to escape when Kavanaugh's friend, Mark Judge, jumped on top of them.

Katz told ABC's Good Morning America her client is "willing to co-operate" with investigators and the Senate's judiciary committee.

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All 10 Democrats on the Judiciary Committee wrote a letter to Grassley on Monday calling for a delay in Thursday's committee vote while the FBI fully investigates the allegations as part of its review of Kavanaugh's background. Flake went as far as to say he was "not comfortable" voting for Kavanaugh for the time being.

Ms Feinstein on Sunday called on the FBI to investigate Ms Ford's story "before the Senate moves forward on this nominee".

McCaskill has been closely scrutinized by both sides of the aisle for how she'll vote on President Donald Trump's nominee as she runs for re-election in a state Trump won by double digits.

The Trump-endorsed Republicaninitiallydodged a question about the allegations against Kavanaugh after Friday's Senate debate in St. Louis.

Ford's lawyer told the Post that Ford's story passed a polygraph test administered last month by a former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent. As one of only two GOP women in the Senate and a key undecided vote on Kavanaugh's nomination, Collins views may carry outsized weight with Grassley.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said he was open to hearing from Ford, while resisting calls to delay the vote.

Republicans hold a slim 11-10 advantage on the Judiciary Committee and a 51-49 majority in the Senate. She contacted her congressmember and The Washington Post through a tip line.

Sixty-five women who knew Mr Kavanagh in high school defended him in another letter, circulated by Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans, as someone who "always treated women with decency and respect". Kavanaugh also said he is willing to talk to the committee.

Feinstein issued a statement on Sunday afternoon in support of Ford and calling for the FBI to investigate the matter before the Senate advances Kavanaugh's nomination.

Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee.

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