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Trump Says Brett Kavanaugh 'Does Not Deserve This'

19 September 2018

Christine Blasey Ford wants the FBI to investigate her allegation that she was sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh before she testifies at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing next week, her lawyers said in a letter sent Tuesday to the panel. Kavanaugh, who was nominated by President Donald Trump, has repeatedly denied the allegations. Hirono even tried hedge her frustration, ending her statement by saying, "you can see I'm a little upset by this, the fairness of it".

University of Oklahoma law professor Anita Hill testifies before the Senate judiciary committee on the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., in this October 11, 1991, photo. He questioned whether the hearing would take place if Ford declined to appear.

In a statement to local media, the Department of Justice said the "FBI does not make any judgement about the credibility or significance of any allegation".

A reporter had asked if Kavanaugh's vote and a potential FBI investigation were helped by the fact that there are other women on the committee.

Grassley's decision echoed the sentiment of Sen. He added that he was willing to address the allegation in front of the Senate committee.

"I believe that the FBI... should be compelled to do its job in terms of completing their background investigation and that's not being done". Senate Republicans hold a 51-49 majority and can not afford two or more Republicans voting against Kavanaugh's nomination unless they pick up votes from Democrats. It's still hard for me to watch footage of the first minutes of those hearings because I know what is about to happen to her. According to the Journal: "The more relevant question is why go to such lengths if Ms. Ford really wanted her name to stay a secret?" While no sexual assault survivor should be subjected to such an ordeal, Dr. Ford wants to cooperate with the Committee and with law enforcement officials.

And in Tennessee, where Democrat Phil Bredesen is running against Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn for a Senate seat, the Democrat insisted that Ford "should be heard".

"I want to thank Dr. Ford".

News broke Tuesday that Ford was requesting that the FBI launch an investigation before she was called to testify.

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California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, also weighed in to support Ford. Hatch has already started spinning about Ford, conjecturing that there's "some question" whether she is "mixed up" and confusing Kavanaugh with someone else.

Conway said Kavanaugh wants to testify Monday at a hearing scheduled by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-Iowa). "She's surely prepared. She hired a lawyer, I understand, back in August". He stressed that Kavanaugh is eager to provide his testimony. Democrats are demanding a thorough investigation by the FBI, because these allegations are new.

The letter from the Holton-Arms alumnae stands opposite a similar one circulated by the Senate Judiciary Committee before Ford came forward. She said Kavanaugh responded to almost 1,300 written questions and that "one million pieces of paper" were put forward on his behalf. He also says, "I have no more information to offer the Committee and I do not wish to speak publicly regarding the incidents described in Dr. Ford's letter".

While some Republican senators, such as Alaska's Lisa Murkowski, South Carolina's Lindsey Graham and Flake, are concerned with process, one source said that doesn't necessarily mean a long delay - and the concern is that a long delay is what Democrats are pushing for.

Details of the allegations have trickled out since the committee's ranking member, Sen.

"I've said from the beginning that these are very serious allegations and she deserves to be heard", Collins said. In April 2017, she attended a March For Science in San Francisco, which was held to protest Trump administration cuts to research, and she signed a letter in June 2018 condemning the Trump administration's policy, since abandoned, of separating immigrant children from their parents at the border.

That's a proposal President Trump himself rejected earlier Tuesday prior to the release of the letter from Ford's attorneys.

"A delay is certainly acceptable", Trump said in his Oval Office remarks. Dean Heller is in a hard fight for re-election, his Democratic challenger, Rep. Jacky Rosen, used the allegation against Kavanaugh to stoke doubt about Heller's judgment. As for Kavanaugh, he said, "I feel so badly for him that he's going through this, to be honest with you".

Trump Says Brett Kavanaugh 'Does Not Deserve This'