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Trump says women support Kavanaugh despite sex assault allegation

22 September 2018

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley appears to have ended the halting talks with Dr. Christine Blasey Ford about testifying next week about her allegations of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh.

Ford's lawyers are rejecting pressure for her to testify early next week, resulting in a drawn-out negotiation over the timing of what promises to be an explosive piece of political theater.

Her lawyers insisted on a hearing next Thursday in which the accused, Kavanaugh, would testify first and Ford would follow, without Kavanaugh in the room. That silence and Grassley's offer, which did not rule out further compromise, left uncertain whether Ford would appear and tell lawmakers and a captivated nation about her allegation that an inebriated Kavanaugh trapped her on a bed and tried removing her clothes when both were teenagers in the 1980s.

Ford's lead attorney, Democratic donor Deborah Katz, sent Judiciary Committee staff an email shortly after 9:00 p.m. refusing to give an answer.

If her attorneys can not come to a reasonable agreement, the Senate will vote on Monday to confirm Kavanaugh.

"We know that allegations of sexual assault are some of the most under-reported crimes that exist".

But that was before Kavanaugh's confirmation was transformed into a do-over of the 1991 Clarence Thomas hearings, which launched the Year of the Woman in 1992.

A group of 75 women also gathered on Friday to throw their support behind Kavanaugh in the midst of the scandal. "She has already been forced out of her home and continues to be subjected to harassment, hate mail, and death threats".

The tweet marked the first time Trump publicly referred to California college professor by name.

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The details of the alleged assault during a gathering of teenagers at a house in Montgomery County, Maryland, were carried in the Washington Post last Sunday when Prof Ford made a decision to go public.

'I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents, ' Trump wrote on Friday morning.

The letter comes after the committee proposed holding a hearing next Wednesday where it would hear testimony from both Kavanaugh and Ford, according to a source with knowledge of the matter. Last December, for example, he endorsed Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, who had been abandoned by most Republicans after he was accused of sexual misconduct with underage girls. "I say, let her say what she has to say".

"The president doesn't need anybody to tell him. Why did I freeze?", she asked herself.

But they're eager to avoid the spectacle of 11 Republican men cross-examining a woman who says she's been victimized by a man. 'I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!'

With Nov 6 elections approaching that will determine control of the House and Senate, Republicans are under intense pressure to consider the allegation in a way that doesn't turn women and independents away from the party while moving the nomination forward as quickly as possible, as President Donald Trump and other GOP leaders want.

More recently, he continued to endorse Alabama's Republican candidate for Senate, Roy Moore, as accusations of sexual assault mounted.

Form for signing up for free newsletter. Since the 2016 election campaign, Trump has been fending off allegations over his own behavior - including a recording from years ago saying that, being famous, he could grope women with impunity - and lawsuits.

Trump says women support Kavanaugh despite sex assault allegation