Kavanaugh accuser wants an investigation into sexual assault claim before testifying

Accuser of Trump's high court nominee willing to testify email

The attorney for Christine Blasey Ford, a 51-year-old research psychologist and professor who accused Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in the 1980s, claimed that the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearing scheduled for Monday felt rushed and called for additional witnesses to testify.

Ford's story was leaked to the press earlier this month before she came forward to the Washington Post. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., accused Democrats of using their calls for an FBI investigation as a ploy.

From left, Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, Alexis Goldstein and Sarah Burgess, alumnae of the Holton-Arms School, and Sen.

Grassley also said Ford "shouldn't be threatened or insulted" and that "she deserves to be heard".

"As you are aware, she's been receiving death threats, which have been reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and she and her family have been forced out of their home", Katz said.

Back in 1991, however, the FBI did investigate sexual harassment claims against then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas.

Democrats say Grassley is rushing the confirmation, and that he's creating Anita Hill vs. Clarence Thomas Redux. Her claims bear some credibility in that she shared these accusations with a therapist in the past, although she does not appear to have identified Kavanaugh by name at that time.

In a letter to Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, the committee's chairman Chuck Grassley sought a non-redacted version of the original correspondence Ford sent to her about the alleged incident, CNN reported. A vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation was delayed this week.

Ford and Kavanaugh have been invited to testify about the attack on Monday.

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Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, told MSNBC on Tuesday that the White House should request an FBI investigation of the sexual-assault accusation and any refusal to do so by Republicans would amount to rushing to confirm him.

The email was a sharp turnabout from statements by Ford and her lawyers in the past few days, in which her insistence on an FBI investigation of her allegations and other demands had cast strong doubts on her willingness to appear.

"Well, I would let the senators take their course, let the senators do it...they're doing a very good job", stated President Trump. I think that that's what we're focused on now because that's sort of the dynamic that we're in, but regardless of the timing, we can't get side-tracked on that.

White House spokesman Raj Shah said President Donald Trump will not look at naming any replacement nominee unless there is a clear need.

"Otherwise, there are these very serious allegations hanging over the head of a nominee who has emphatically denied them", she said on radio WVOM in Bangor.

Kavanaugh has denied Ford's allegation. No more circus. To clarify my post: I do not have firsthand knowledge of the incident that Dr. Christine Blasey Ford mentions, and I stand by my support for Christine.

We are talking about a lifetime appointment here, and if Blasey is telling the truth and Kavanaugh has lied, there is absolutely no way he should be confirmed.

Clinton says that makes it hard to "avoid the appearance of insult" against Ford.

Christine Blasey Ford and her family have been forced to leave their south Palo Alto home because of "vicious harassment and even death threats", her attorneys said today (Sept. 18) in a letter to the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Chuck Grassley.

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