Published: Wed, September 19, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Trump says he wants to hear from Kavanaugh accuser

Trump says he wants to hear from Kavanaugh accuser

President Donald Trump piled pressure on the woman accusing his Supreme Court pick of sex assault when they were teenagers, saying Wednesday it would be "unfortunate" if she doesn't testify before the Senate next week - as she now appears reluctant to do.

The accusations have roiled a confirmation process that once seemed smooth for Kavanaugh, who if confirmed could consolidate the conservative grip on the top USA court.

Ford is the Palo Alto University psychology professor who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct in the early 1980s when both were in high school.

She says he pinned her to a bed and clamped his hand over her mouth when she tried to scream. Kirsten Gillibrand called the allegation "disqualifying" and said she believes Ford. "A fair, neutral and well-thought-out course is the only way to approach Dr. Blasey and Judge Kavanaugh's upcoming testimony".

Grassley said in a statement Tuesday night that there were never any plans to sit Ford and Kavanaugh together at the witness table, as Banks told Cooper during the interview.

"But I can only say this: he's such an outstanding man - very hard for me to imagine that anything happened", Trump said. "Her email has been hacked, and she has been impersonated online", it added.

But he said it's not the FBI's job to conduct an investigation of her claims, saying, "It's up to the Senate and I really rely on them".

Republicans have been careful to say that Ford should have her chance to speak, and they have stressed that they are willing to move Monday's hearing behind closed doors, if she prefers.

"Both of them need to testify under oath next Monday before the Judiciary Committee", Collins said.

Christine Blasey Ford was a year or so behind me, I did not know her personally but I remember her.

Ford alleges that while at a party, Kavanaugh pushed her into a bedroom along with his former classmate Mark Judge, and attempted to remove her clothes.

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Katz told United States media her client had been ambivalent about the pressure that would come with speaking out publicly. Last week, the US President's candidate said he "categorically and unequivocally" denies the allegations.

"Dr. Ford's call for the FBI to investigate also demonstrates her confidence that when all the facts are examined by an impartial investigation, her account will be further corroborated and confirmed", Schumer said in a statement.

How Trump reacted to the news?

Kavanaugh, 53, was at the White House on Tuesday for a second straight day, but again did not meet with Trump.

Speaking at a joint news conference with Polish President Andrzej Sebastian Duda, Trump said Tuesday he feels "so badly" that Kavanaugh is going through the ordeal of the accusations. Trump added: "This is not a man that deserved this". "This is a test for the United States Senate on how we handle accusations of sexual harassment and assault". "And then they will vote".

Trump has already rejected the idea of bringing in the Federal Bureau of Investigation to reopen its background check of Kavanaugh. "Is this really what America wants in its next Supreme Court Justice?" "I hope Republican Voters, and others, are watching and studying, the Democrats Playbook". "We want to get to the bottom of everything".

Mike Braun, a former IN state legislator running against Donnelly, also criticised the timing and praised Kavanaugh. They say the White House counsel directed the FBI to investigate when Hill accused Thomas of sexual harassment. Senator Dick Durbin said he had "a lot of questions" for Kavanaugh.

The FBI said Tuesday that it does not investigate those types of cases.

"I agree with her 100 percent that the rushed process to hold a hearing on Monday has been unfair and is reminiscent of the treatment of Anita Hill", said Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein.

But Jones says the FBI is well-equipped to conduct a quick investigation and interview potential witnesses. "Only then should the chairman set a hearing date", the Senator said. The political hazards for Republicans were made clear Monday when an off-script Sen.

The November 6 congressional elections will determine whether Republicans retain majorities in the Senate and House of Representatives.

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