Democrats Change Lines on Ford Testimony


The back-and-forth also is about how majority Republicans and Democrats answer women who allege assault and the men who deny the accusations in the #MeToo era. "Number two, I think President Trump's tweet is exactly the reason why victims don't report to law enforcement - because victims are anxious about whether or not they will be believed". The stories streamed out after President Trump's tweet questioning why Christine Blasey Ford, now a 51-year-old research psychologist in Northern California, did not immediately report the alleged attack she recently said occurred at a high school party in the 1980s.

Demonstrators protested outside Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles E. Grassley's office in the Hart Senate Office Building.

Like Bozell, Republicans on Capitol Hill have said that Feinstein should have brought the information to the panel earlier.

I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents.

Their allies and opponents are issuing ferocious statements, further electrifying the election season atmosphere.

She said Professor Ford needed time to make sure her family was secure, prepare her testimony and travel to Washington.

Trump spent most of the week unusually restrained and heeding the tone set publicly by counselor Kellyanne Conway. Ford has demanded that the hearing be scheduled for Thursday, which the source said is still among the things under negotiation.

The mostly female demonstrators wore pins reading: "I believe Christine Blasey Ford".

"Some have gone so far as to state, "She's mixed up"; "She's mistaken"; "She's not in really a position to make conditions"; and, 'I'll listen to the lady, but we're going to bring this to a close.' These shameful attacks show why it is so hard for survivors of sexual assault to come forward", the Democrats wrote in their letter.

"The radical left lawyers want the Federal Bureau of Investigation to get involved NOW", he continued.

Democrats oppose Mr Kavanaugh's nomination and have called for the FBI to launch an investigation. He has told advisers that he is skeptical of Ford's account and the timing of the allegation, these advisers said.

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Katz said Ford's "strong preference" is that "a full investigation" be completed before she testifies.

"We fear that rather than learning from the past, Senate Republicans and the Trump Administration are repeating this Committee's previous mistakes and making new ones". Susan Collins, R-Maine, said she was appalled by Trump's tweet.

"First of all, we know that allegations of sexual assault - I'm not saying that's what happened in this case - but we know allegations of sexual assault are one of the most unreported crimes that exist", the most senior Republican woman in the Senate told supporters Friday afternoon. "So I thought that the president's tweet was completely inappropriate and wrong". The senator said Ford was expected to testify before Kavanaugh, but that lawmakers consented to Ford's request not to have him in the same room with her.

One Senate GOP official familiar with the call told the Washington Post that Kavanaugh testifying first is a "non-starter", adding that "it only makes sense for the accused to respond to the charge".

The attorney raised questions about security that staff said would be provided by Capitol Police and press access they said would be similar to during Kavanaugh's testimony.

-Monday is too soon. "If it's legitimate, she has a legitimate complaint", Cordes said, her voice softening.

To a room filled with conservative evangelicals, Kavanaugh is a like-minded defender of their shared values.

The Senate Judiciary Committee has delayed Kavanaugh's confirmation vote and invited both Ford and Kavanaugh to testify before the committee Monday about Ford's allegations.

-Ford would prefer that senators, and not an outside counsel hired by Republicans, question her.

Kavanaugh has firmly denied the allegations made against him.

The GOP is defending House and Senate majorities in the election, and though Trump is not on the ballot November 6, the contest is widely considered a referendum on his stewardship.