Published: Wed, September 19, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Kavanaugh & Christine Ford to Testify at New Hearing on Attempted Rape Allegation

Kavanaugh & Christine Ford to Testify at New Hearing on Attempted Rape Allegation

President Donald Trump says he feels "terribly" for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as he faces a decades-old accusation of sexual assault. Both Kavanaugh and his accuser, professor Christine Blasey Ford, will testify. They say the hearing should not move forward until that investigation is completed.

An FBI investigation "should be the first step in addressing the allegations", the lawyers wrote in the letter, which was obtained by The Associated Press.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa (L), accompanied by Sen.

"So it kind of raises the question, do they want to - do they want to come to the public hearing or not?" Judge Kavanaugh has also said he is willing to testify. I have never done anything like what the accuser describes-to her or to anyone.

Judge submitted a letter through an attorney to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday that said he had "no memory of this alleged incident".

In concealing the accusation she had received in July, according to reports, Feinstein did a disservice to her Judiciary Committee colleagues, who might have wanted to determine if corroborating accounts were available, or at least question Kavanaugh about the accusation in a closed session. The person said there should be no such discussion until more information about the alleged incident comes to light.

Trump had alluded to the idea Monday that the allegation might be politically tainted, repeatedly noting how it came so late in the process.

On Morning Edition Tuesday, Leahy, D-Vt., suggested that another man who was allegedly in the room at the time of the encounter be called before the committee.

But there is little that is contemplative about the debate over Judge Kavanaugh's high-court nomination, and there is much that is instructive about the intrusion of contemporary politics into the confirmation process - a stark symbol of the way politics often intrudes into the meditative study of constitutional imperatives and legal precedents inside the Supreme Court. Diane Feinstein, D-Calif., referred a letter written by Christine Blasey Ford - who said she wished to remain anonymous - to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The person described Kavanaugh as "resolute" and eager to defend himself. Ford told The Washington Post that Kavanaugh and his friend pushed her into a bedroom during a party and that Kavanaugh then forcibly pinned her down on a bed and tried to pull off her clothes. She said she got away when a companion of Kavanaugh's jumped on him.

Kavanaugh has strongly denied the allegations. "This is a completely false allegation".

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