US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's accuser willing to testify: lawyer

Too little to go on vs. Kavanaugh There's simply not enough in this anonymous allegation to conclude he did something wrong

"I have never done anything like what the accuser describes - to her or to anyone".

"Now I feel like my civic responsibility is outweighing my anguish and terror about retaliation", Ford told the Post. Dianne Feinstein, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, was leaked, prompting Kavanaugh to issue a blanket denial of the allegations.

Initially the sexual misconduct allegation was conveyed in a private letter, without revealing Ms Ford's name.

"Obviously, if Judge Kavanaugh has lied about what happened, that would be disqualifying", Republican Senator Susan Collins told reporters before Grassley's announcement, adding she would like the chance to observe Ford, the California university professor who made the allegation, to decide the credibility of her account.

Hill eventually publicly accused Thomas of harassing her with descriptions of pornographic films and other materials when they worked together at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in the 1980s; as emerged on Sunday, Christine Blasey Ford more seriously has accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were high school students in the early 1980s.

She said Kavanaugh's friend watched as Kavanaugh groped her over her clothes and attempted to remove her clothes and the one-piece bathing suit she was wearing underneath, according to the story.

Kavanaugh covered her mouth with his hand when she tried to scream, she says, and escaped when Judge jumped on them.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the top Democrat on the Judiciary panel, said in a statement Monday night that she was disappointed the Federal Bureau of Investigation and White House "are failing to take even the most basic steps to investigate this matter" and that the process was being rushed.

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TOTENBERG: The woman whose name is Blasey Ford, Christine Blasey Ford, she says that she was at a party. After a few attempts to get away, I was able to take this opportune moment to get up and run across to a hallway bathroom.

Ford's lawyer, Debra Katz, said on CNN's "New Day" on Monday that her client would be willing to testify in public to the Senate Judiciary Committee about the allegations - which Kavanaugh has strongly denied. He was 17. It was - they were both in high school at the same time.

"This is a completely false allegation", Kavanaugh's statement said. Orrin Hatch of Utah complained the accusations were unverified and said the judge had submitted to six Federal Bureau of Investigation background checks over the last 25 years that included interviews with families, friends and acquaintances and never revealed any character issues. "It's just absolutely nuts".

"I can only say this: He is such an outstanding man".

Flake's reluctance on the nomination once again puts him in the position of crossing President Donald Trump, whom he has repeatedly excoriated as unpresidential.

Even Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is displeased with the way Kavanaugh has been treated by the Senate.

A number of Judiciary Committee members urged holding off on a vote in light of Ford's testimony - including Republican Jeff Flake, a vocal critic of Trump, who told the Post that she "must be heard" first. Once a nominee is wounded, his or her confirmation hopes can quickly splinter as political support fractures, so Kavanaugh can ill afford any roadblocks, even if his prospects look good now. Vice President Mike Pence can cast a tie-breaking vote. She also told Fox News that, if Ford doesn't testify, "I can't tell you what impact" there would be on Kavanaugh's confirmation. She has published several books and more than 65 peer-reviewed journal articles. Her family has relocated, they said.

Katz told CBS that Ford had consumed a beer but was not drunk.

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She said that at the time, she recalled thinking, "I'm not ever telling anyone this". And we'll see what's going to happen with that, but I suspect that's going to have to happen. But Russell Ford didn't learn details of the incident. Critics have accused the GOP of fast-tracking the process to get Kavanaugh on the court by October 1, the first day of the fall term.

I am writing with information relevant in evaluating the current nominee to the Supreme Court. Explaining Ford's initial reluctance to come forward, Katz said, "No one in their right mind regardless of their motives would want to inject themselves into this process and face the kind of violation that she will be subjected to by those who want this nominee to go though". Contacted Sunday by CNN, Sen.

New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, the chamber's top Democrat, called for Grassley to postpone the vote "until, at a very minimum, these serious and credible allegations are thoroughly investigated".

Iowa GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley, the committee chairman, said in a statement following the report that the timing of the allegations shortly before the committee's scheduled vote was "disturbing". "That can not happen in this case", Schumer said.

At the very least, the decision of Ford to unmask herself offered Democrats a rallying point as they seek to make the Kavanaugh nomination and the fate of the Supreme Court generally a key issue in the midterm elections.

"The Chairman and Ranking Member routinely hold bipartisan staff calls with nominees when updates are made to nominees' background files", the statement read.

She said she raised the allegations during a phone call with Kavanaugh on Friday before the accuser went public over the weekend.

Trump expressed regret that the allegation against Kavanaugh had surfaced so late in the process but said he wants the Senate to satisfy any lingering questions.

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