Confirmation of Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh in doubt

Confirmation of Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh in doubt”

"I am willing to talk to the Senate Judiciary Committee in any way the Committee deems appropriate to refute this false allegation, from 36 years ago, and defend my integrity". "She was weighing her desire and her belief that she had a civic duty to provide this information to those making the decision about Brett Kavanaugh with, frankly, her fear about coming forward and there was going to be great personal risk to her and her family in doing so".

The therapist's notes say four boys were involved, but Ford says that was an error by the therapist.

"We can not brush aside these extraordinarily serious allegations in an unseemly rush to confirm Judge Kavanaugh to a lifetime seat", Leahy said in a separate statement issued later Monday morning.

Kavanaugh, 53, "categorically and unequivocally" denied the allegations when they came out anonymously last week.

Kavanaugh went to the White House on Monday, but Trump said he did not meet with his nominee. "Judge Kavanaugh and the White House both stand by that statement".

At the White House, Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, told reporters, "She should not be insulted".

Finally, on October 6, with a detailed Hill interview in hand, corroboration from some of her friends, and at least one senator on the record, the story aired on NPR.

Trump has praised Kavanaugh as one of the finest people he's known.

Sex crimes prosecutors across the country forge forward on "he-said-she-said" cases regularly.

Kavanaugh has forcefully denied the sexual assault accusations Ford alleged took place while the two were in high school.

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

Two committee Republicans - all 11 on the Republican side are men - Senators Jeff Flake of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of SC, said they wanted to hear more from Ford.

Graham said that the attempt to stop Kavanaugh in this way is "part of a pattern". She is facing significant pressure to vote against Kavanaugh from activists on women's rights, health care and Alaska Natives.

"I've made it clear that I'm not comfortable moving ahead with the vote on Thursday if we have not heard her side of the story or explored this further", Flake said.

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., on Monday said he "would have voted no" if a public hearing with Kavanaugh and Ford wasn't agreed to.

Instead, Grassley had said he'd seek telephone interviews with Kavanaugh and Ford, winning plaudits from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., for planning to handle the episode "by the book".

Yet a few Republicans have suggested there may have to be a delay, at least in the Judiciary vote on the nominee - which was scheduled for this Thursday - in order to hear from Ford. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) that the committee should delay its vote pending an investigation, Leahy said, "That would make sense".

According to The Washington Post, Ms. Ford first sent a tip to the paper's tip line in early July and alerted Rep. Anna Eshoo.

"I thought he might inadvertently kill me", said Ford, 51, a clinical psychology professor at Palo Alto University in California. "These are all the ills that I was trying to avoid".

"He said this did not happen and he's naturally very upset about it", Hatch said. The most prominent name is that of Amy Coney Barrett, a former Notre Dame law professor named to a federal appeals court judgeship past year and a finalist for the high court nomination in July.

One supporter of Kavanaugh also pushed back on some reporting that the White House or Republicans would deploy any aggressive attack, calling it "infuriating".

Moderate senators from both parties had argued that Judge Kavanaugh and Prof Ford should be given the chance to testify before the panel.

Six weeks before Election Day might seem like enough time to vet and process these allegations - to give them respect, but then maybe move on - but if this gets even uglier, it is hard to imagine those Republican candidates in tough campaign fights will want to stick around in Washington until November.

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