Democrats Call for Delay to Kavanaugh Vote amid Sexual Assault Accusation

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Kavanaugh has flatly denied the claim, and he and Blasey could have a chance next week to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee about the alleged episode. "We want everybody to be able to speak up and speak out".

Slamming Collins' recommendation to the Senate Judiciary Committee as "beyond shameful", Ultraviolet founder Shaunna Thomas added: "This is not a trial".

Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, who received Ford's letter over the summer, said she didn't reveal it to protect Ford's confidentiality. "I mean, she's shown some very incredible courage even coming in here and we're dealing with a nominee whose veracity is already an issue".

Hill endured a brutal assault on her personal reputation in hearings and in conservative media and the all-male Republicans on the committee ultimately backed Thomas.

"We have to see if people are earnestly telling the truth or there to advance a political agenda".

Judge Brett Kavanaugh appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill Sept. 4 2018 in Washington D.C
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Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., suggested he wanted more witnesses present than just Kavanaugh and Ford, although Grassley said Monday there will only be the two. We know the prevalence of the problem.

Christine Blasey Ford said he tried to attack her and remove her clothing in 1982 when they were both high school students in a Maryland suburb outside Washington.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the GOP will review the sexual assault allegation against Kavanaugh "by the book" with bipartisan interviews on the Judiciary Committee.

According to Ford, the alleged incident took place during the summer in the early 1980s.

Asked if the allegations being true would be disqualifying, Scott responded, "Well if the allegation is proven to be true, of course".

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Maine Sen. Susan Collins, who is one of just a handful of Republicans who have not said if they plan to support Kavanaugh, proposed calling both Kavanaugh and Ford to testify and allowing their attorneys to question them both as witnesses.

"This is mainly an opportunity to accommodate her".

White House adviser Kellyanne Conway told reporters earlier Monday Ford "should not be insulted and she should not be ignored". Ford has not yet said if she will attend.

Hill said she has still never heard from Biden personally but that the apology is not due to her alone. Earlier, Trump said he was "very seriously" considering a greater US troop presence in Poland.

"I feel so badly for him that he is going through this, to be honest with you", Trump said during a joint press conference with Polish President Andrzej Duda.

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"It wouldn't bother me other than the Federal Bureau of Investigation said that they really don't do that".

The FBI has not commented on Trump's contention that the agency does not want to get involved. She said President George H.W. Bush had asked the FBI to investigate Anita Hill's allegations against Thomas.

Katz said, "I would say no one in their right mind regardless of their motive would want to inject themselves into this process and face the kind of annihilation that she will be subjected to by those who want this nominee to go through". Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., said.

"We have reached out to her in the last 36 hours, three or four times, by email, and we have not heard from them", Grassley said.

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee ranking member Sen.

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The Kavanaugh case comes at a particularly fraught time in American political life, with a president facing possible legal action that could prompt a Supreme Court case and with vital midterm congressional elections only seven weeks away - political tests that could determine which party controls Capitol Hill and, pointedly, elections that could turn on the conduct of some of the main actors in the Kavanaugh drama.

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