Brett Kavanaugh willing to 'refute' sexual assault allegation before Senate panel

Posted September 20, 2018

The Republican leader of the Senate Judiciary Committee said on Monday he would convene remarkable new public hearings in a week's time after sexual assault allegations emerged against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Grassley criticized Democratic senators, including Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Sen.

Democrats immediately called for a delay in a key committee vote set for this later week and a Republican on the closely divided panel said he's "not comfortable" voting on the nomination without first hearing from the accuser. Ford provided portions of the therapist's notes to the paper, which described an incident without mentioning Kavanaugh by name. Collins is considered to be a potential swing vote in the Senate and has not yet said if she intends to support Kavanaugh's nomination. September 4-7: The Senate Judiciary Committee holds contentious hearings on Kavanaugh in which the nominee was lauded by Republicans and faced with regular interruptions from protesters. But President Donald Trump telegraphed earlier Monday that that schedule might slow.

"If it takes a little delay, it will take a little delay".

If the Judiciary committee's timetable slips further, it would become increasingly hard for Republicans to schedule a vote before the November 6 elections, in which congressional control will be at stake.

Among the GOP defectors was Sen.

Flake has always been a member of the anti-Trump brigade among Congress members, according to Politico. "I'm totally confident. That would be completely out-of-character for him", said Paula Duke Ebel.

There was enormous pressure on GOP Sens. If that timetable slips, it would become increasingly hard for Republicans to schedule a vote before the November 6 elections.

"That's not relevant to credibility - when it took place and how it took place", Cardin said.

The current political environment, obviously, after the #MeToo movement, is very different from what Hill encountered in 1991.

Some Democrats raised questions about whether Grassley's plan was sufficient.

Kavanaugh, meanwhile, was seen arriving at the White House late on Monday morning. "I was listening to some reporting this morning saying that they're going to fight this tooth and nail, that they're going to grill her". Democrats, who seized on the development as justification to delay the high-stakes nomination, could energize complacent Republican voters if they're viewed as playing politics with the sensitive allegation.

Democrats are insisting that the FBI handle the matter by reopening Kavanaugh's background investigation rather having committee staff make calls.

"Her feeling was that Feinstein honored request to keep it confidential" and she "feels grateful to her", Brown said.

But Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer of NY said it would be "a deep insult to the women of America" if Grassley did not postpone Thursday's meeting.

"She believes that if were not for the severe intoxication of Brett Kavanaugh, she would have been raped", Ms Katz told NBC. Susan Collins (Maine) said both Kavanaugh and Ford should testify before the committee. "He stands ready to testify tomorrow if the Senate is ready to hear him", White House spokesman Raj Shah said in a statement on Monday.

Conway appeared on "Fox & Friends" less than a day after The Washington Post published a story in which Christine Blasey Ford identified herself as the previously anonymous accuser.

Ford says she was afraid Kavanaugh could have accidentally killed her.

"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", Kavanaugh said.

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The allegation against Kavanaugh became public last week.