Showdown between Brett Kavanaugh, accuser scheduled for next week

Democrats will use Monday's hearing as a political spectacle to coax Mr. Kavanaugh into looking defensive or angry, and to portray Republicans as anti-women.

A woman who has accused President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, of sexual assault decades ago wants her allegations to be investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation before she appears at a U.S. Senate hearing, one of her lawyers said on Tuesday.

She said Kavanaugh, "stumbling drunk", threw her down on a bed, grinding his body against hers and trying to pull off her one-piece bathing suit and the clothing she was wearing over it. Ford said when she tried to scream, he put his hand over her mouth. Kavanaugh and his accuser, psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford, had been expected to testify Monday before Ford's attorney sent a letter on Tuesday night asking first for an FBI investigation.

"The invitation for Monday still stands", Grassley said in a statement.

Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) listens during a markup hearing September 13 before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Feinstein has demanded that the confirmation vote be postponed until the FBI investigates claims of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

The decision to have Thomas and Hill testify publicly before the Senate Judiciary Committee, as Kavanaugh and his accuser will do next Monday, had far-reaching implications for American politics and society's efforts to grapple with sexual harassment in the workplace.

He still expressed confidence that Kavanaugh would be confirmed, saying, "I'm not concerned about tanking the nomination".

Republicans had no problem with Sen.

Democrats warned that anything less than a full investigation and fair hearing would haunt the GOP.

The developments evoked memories of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas' contentious confirmation hearings in 1991 involving sexual harassment allegations lodged against him by lawyer Anita Hill.

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In careful remarks at the White House in which he did not offer his view on the actual allegation against his nominee, Trump called for the Senate to go through a "full process" and accepted a small delay, although warning that "it shouldn't certainly be very much". "But that's up to the Senate Judiciary Committee, they should decide the forum".

That appeal, however, won't salvage Kavanaugh's nomination if Ford comes across as credible during her testimony, Geragos said.

Hirono on Tuesday addressed the accusation of attempted sexual assault that Christine Blasey Ford has made against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, In her statement, the senator called upon American men to "just shut up and step up". His work has also appeared in Salon, Raw Story, Truthdig, National Memo, Philadelphia Weekly, Democratic Underground, L.A. Weekly, MintPress News and many other publications.

"The public deserves a thorough process not a rushed job", she said. "However, I grew up hearing stories like hers, and believe her completely".

Even if Ford's claim turned out to be true, "I think it would be hard for senators not to consider who he is today", Hatch said.

"In the 36 hours since her name became public, Dr. Ford has received a stunning amount of support from her community and from fellow citizens across our country", Ford's attorneys, Debra S. Katz and Lisa J. Banks, said in the letter to Grassley. The letter's contents leaked last week and Ford identified herself in an interview with the Washington Post published on Sunday that included details about the alleged assault.

The lawyers for Ms Ford predicted the hearing, as now scheduled, "would include interrogation by senators who appear to have made up their minds" that she is "mistaken" and mixed up.

While critics of the accusation have dismissed it as a "he said, she said", and argue that we have two competing accounts that simply can't be reconciled, that's increasingly not the case.

But Democrats also said Tuesday they were planning to attend the hearing even if Ford did not show up.

Republicans are suggesting Ms Ford will have just one chance to give evidence.

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