GOP pushing forward for Kavanaugh, accuser wants fairness

GOP pushing forward for Kavanaugh, accuser wants fairness

GOP pushing forward for Kavanaugh, accuser wants fairness

Amid a pitched partisan battle over how the Senate handles an allegation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted a woman decades ago as a teenager, liberal groups on Thursday seized on comments from a Judiciary Committee staffer to paint the process as a sham.

Grassley has set a hearing for Monday for both Ford and Kavanaugh to testify about the incident.

"I can tell you that some women do not come forward because they fear not being believed, and a lot of other women don't come forward because of other women who make false accusations", Conway said.

Ford's lawyers have said she's received death threats.

Republican Judicial Committee member Lindsey Graham said on Twitter that requiring an FBI investigation of a 36-year-old allegation "is not about finding the truth, but delaying the process till after the midterm elections".

Later Wednesday, Grassley wrote to the senior Democrat on the committee, Dianne Feinstein, requesting she provide an unredacted copy of the letter Ford sent her in July about the assault allegation, saying he must review it before Monday's hearing. Those demands have been backed by Democrats but dismissed by top Republicans.

The Republicans on the committee know they have to give her every opportunity to tell her story but they are adamant that this is not a matter for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and that Democrats are using the case to simply stall the nomination process, our correspondent says.

It remained unclear, though, whether Ms Ford would attend or if the hearing would occur without her.

According to the New York Times, evangelical leaders are putting pressure on the GOP leadership, warning that religious conservatives may stay home and not vote in the midterm elections unless Senate Republicans do more to defend Kavanaugh and get him seated.

President Donald Trump's Republican Party has a challenge to maintain control of Congress in November's mid-term elections | AFP
President Donald Trump's Republican Party has a challenge to maintain control of Congress in November's mid-term elections | AFP

"Judge Kavanaugh has not asked to have the FBI investigate these claims".

The confirmation fight has unfolded ahead of November 6 congressional elections in which Democrats are seeking to take control of Congress from Trump's fellow Republicans.

Even one of Trump's own Republican senators, Susan Collins - who sits on the Judiciary Committee - said she was "appalled by the president's tweet". "But Judge Kavanaugh gets only 40 percent support from Hispanic voters and nearly no support from black voters", said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

"We got a little hiccup here with the Kavanaugh nomination, we'll get through this and we'll get off to the races", he said in a call with fellow Republicans, the Nevada Independent reports.

Mr. Kaine said lawmakers should hear from both Ms. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh.

Miranda's new comments are a significant development in what remains a largely "she said, he said" account of events between Ford and Kavanaugh.

"But I can only say this: He's such an outstanding man - very hard for me to imagine that anything happened", Trump said.

There were signs the GOP's strategy of planning a nationally televised hearing yet also offering Ford the option to testify privately was keeping possible Republican defections in check.

Ford, now 51, delivered the information in a letter to Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) and Sen.

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