A lawyer for a woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sex assault decades ago says she'd be willing to testify to the Senate Judiciary Committee next week if they can agree to terms "that are fair and which ensure her safety".
Brown, Emma. "California professor, writer of confidential Brett Kavanaugh letter, speaks out about her allegation of sexual assault". Of the Republican senators who expressed concern over proceeding to confirm the judge without hearing from Ford, including Sen. He went on to reiterate claims that another classmate in the high school "resembled" Kavanaugh "in appearance", and compared images of the classmate next to Kavanaugh. Republicans have said they will move forward with a vote on Kavanaugh if Ford does not testify. "George H.W. Bush requested that the F.B.I. look into her claims, and they did", Mystal wrote. They said Ford's "strong preference" is that "a full investigation" be completed before her testimony, but stopped short of demanding an FBI probe and seemed to suggest that she would testify without one.
"Yes, I think ... whenever you have something that is a big question like this, you ask the FBI to investigate what the facts (are)", Nelson said.
Ford contends that in the 1980s, Kavanaugh groped her, attempting to take off her clothes while Judge was present.
Thomas and Kavanaugh have denied the accusations against them.
Mark Judge and Patrick Smyth have both submitted statements to Grassley's committee via counsel, notes Cooke.
"The rush to a hearing is unnecessary, and contrary to the committee discovering the truth", Banks said.
Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
"If she doesn't want to participate and tell her story, there's no reason for us to delay", Sen.
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But he continued to vigorously defend his nominee, calling him an "outstanding man" with an "unblemished record" and lamenting the hardship this has placed on Kavanaugh's wife and two young daughters. "If she shows up that would be wonderful, if she doesn't show up that would be unfortunate". "You don't want her to be right, because it's a disgusting situation".
"We won't know if we don't try", she said.
"There is an environment where people see nothing, hear nothing, and say nothing", Hirono said this week about the #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct.
Republicans also fear that if the nomination is delayed any further, that remaking of the Supreme Court could be endangered by a possible Democratic sweep in the congressional midterm elections set to take place in seven weeks.
Any defections from the Republicans' narrow Senate majority could sink the nomination and deal a major setback to Trump, who has been appointing more conservatives to the high court and the broader federal judiciary.
Katz had signaled that Ford would be willing to testify on the same date, but later said that the FBI should complete an investigation into the allegations before Ford is willing to testify.
A senior White House official said Kavanaugh and his wife also have received threats.
The 1991 Clarence Thomas hearings ended with his confirmation for the Supreme Court, but the he-said-she-said over law professor Anita Hill's accusations of raunchy language and gestures in the workplace led to the 1992 Year of the Woman. John Cornyn, Texas, the No. 2 Republican in the chamber, told CNN.
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