Kavanaugh can not be considered for SCOTUS until accuser is taken seriously

Sexual misconduct allegation against U.S. Supreme Court nominee echoes case raised against Roy Moore

Leaders of the Christian Right who are anxious to get Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh installed on the court are growing furious with top Republicans for not pushing ahead and voting on President Donald Trump's nominee instead offering his sexual assault accuser a platform to make her case to the nation. "So that would be quite something if she decided she did not want to testify and I would assume the committee would then move on as they should".

The conservative judge appeared set to sail through Senate confirmation for the vacancy on the nation's top court until a California professor publicly accused him of assaulting her when they were teenagers, nearly four decades ago. Kavanaugh has said in a statement that he "unequivocally" denies the accusation.

On Tuesday, Ford's attorneys argued in a letter to Grassley that the FBI should investigate the incident before senators hold a hearing on the allegations, which is scheduled for Monday.

"He is somebody very special; at the same time, we want to go through a process, we want to make sure everything is ideal, everything is just right", Trump told the media at the White House. Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) that Kavanaugh "physically pushed" and "tried to disrobe" her while they were high school students.

"Dr. Blasey Ford's experience is all too consistent with stories we heard and lived while attending Holton", they said.

"We are looking to get this done as quickly as possible", Trump said, while reiterating his support for his nominee.

Collins said Tuesday that she wanted Kavanaugh and Ford's lawyer to be able to question the opposing side.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said the panel should have the Monday hearing without or with Ford.

Blasey Ford's attorneys told NPR's Morning Edition and other outlets that Ford is willing to testify. On Friday, the president questioned why no one contacted the FBI "36 years ago", after Democrats have urged the FBI to open an investigation into Ford. "I did not do this back in high school or at any time".

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Republicans control the Senate by only a narrow margin, meaning any defections within the party could sink the nomination and deal a major setback to Trump.

Bush reaffirmed his support for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in a letter to Politico Tuesday.

Blasey Ford anxious that coming forward with the allegations against Kavanaugh would lead to personal attacks against her, which have already begun. "More to the point, I never saw Brett act in the manner Dr. Ford describes".

The public accusation led Grassley on Monday to announce that the committee would convene next Monday to give both Kavanaugh and Ford the opportunity to publicly testify, as both had indicated a willingness to do so.

Last week, news surrounding a private letter that had been sent to Feinstein, Democrat of California, raised potential questions about Kavanaugh's nomination. "I don't know about the other party, but Judge Kavanaugh is very anxious to do it".

CONNIE: My view is that yes, the Federal Bureau of Investigation should be involved. She has known Ford since then, although she described Ford as a "friend" from high school, not a best friend. Only if the White House "demands it" will the FBI investigate the claim, Carlson said. Murkowski said Ford's story "must be taken seriously".

Ford has another option: Hold a news conference with her own experts and make the case directly to the American people.

Anita Hill, whose allegation Clarence Thomas sexually harassed her prompted a similar hearing in 1991, told ABC on Wednesday that the Judiciary Committee could be holding "just a sham proceeding" next week without the FBI investigation Ford wants.

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