Woman’s accusation roils fight over Kavanaugh nomination

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Sept. 6 the third day of his confirmation hearing to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy

Because she was assaulted and didn't want a man like that on the Supreme Court?

Donald Trump Jr. posted an image on Instagram with the caption "Judge Kavanaugh sexual assault letter found by Dems". But with control of Congress at stake this fall, there were tremendous risks for both sides.

Last week, a CNN poll conducted by SSRS was released showing a split in those who want the Senate to confirm Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court - with 38% who said yes vote in favor and 39% who said no, don't vote in favor.

"They need to be fully vetted", Democratic Sen.

The Republican majority, however, has raised questions about the timing of Ford's claims.

The situation is fluid to say the least. "I think he's very much on track".

The statement comes three days before the scheduled September 20 vote on Kavanaugh's nomination and a day after his accuser, Palo Alto University Professor Christine Blasey Ford, publicly came forward to accuse the federal appeals judge of sexual assault decades ago when they were both in high school.

Ford said Monday that she would testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee and "do whatever it takes to get her story forth".

Kavanaugh, now 53, called the allegation "completely false" in a statement, adding that he "had no idea who was making this accusation until she identified herself" to the Post. If that timetable slips, it would become increasingly hard for Republicans to schedule a vote before the November 6 elections.

"Anyone who comes forward as Dr Ford has done deserves to be heard", Grassley said in a statement.

In suburban Denver, vulnerable Republican Rep. Mike Coffman was more cautious.

"In light of recent allegations, it is more important than ever for the Senate to have a full picture of Judge Kavanaugh's views, credibility, and character", Leahy said.

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However, not everyone is supporting Ford.

Conspicuously absent from the Republican remarks were any personal attacks against Ford.

Amid the uproar, Republicans continued to express anger Monday that Ford's allegations did not surface until after Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings. The confirmation went ahead. It was expected that only staffers for Republican senators would be on the call, as Democrats have advocated that the FBI investigate Ford's claims in lieu of further action by the committee.

Some Democrats are using the development to go on offense. Kavanaugh has flatly denied the allegation. He has denied that there should even be hearings about the accusation and has baselessly said that Ford is not credible.

And in Tennessee, where Democrat Phil Bredesen is trying to knock off Republican incumbent Sen. But he said he has confidence that Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley will handle the matter appropriately.

Collins, one of the key swing votes in the confirmation process, noted that Ford wrote her letter in July but the allegations only came out last week, after Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings concluded.

As of Monday noon, both agreed to appear before the Senate for further questioning.

A cautious Indiana Sen. Ben Cardin said in an interview.

Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), a red-state Democrat who is facing a tough re-election fight this year, also said the committee should hold off on voting until it can review what he called "serious" allegations leveled against Kavanaugh, an appellate court judge. "The Democrats will throw her softballs, the Republicans will grill her and cross-examine her", Napolitano said.

"For me, we can't vote until we hear more", said Flake, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Both Kavanaugh and the woman who has accused him of physical and sexual assault, Christine Blasey Ford, will testify before the panel, setting up a blockbuster event that could decide Kavanaugh's fate.

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