Former Girlfriends And Longtime Friends Come to Brett Kavanaugh's Defense

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"I feel so badly for him".

"I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation".

Grassley told Hewitt that he has not heard from Blasey Ford yet, saying the committee has reached out to her.

Grassley added, "Accusers deserve to be heard and, after they're heard and we also have a responsibility to hear judge Kavanaugh, and I want to hear from Dr. Ford, and she deserved to be heard, because these are serious accusations".

After initially suggesting a private conference call on the matter would suffice, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said his panel would hold a hearing next Monday "to provide ample transparency". Kavanaugh, who she described as laughing with another friend in the room, tried to remove her clothes and covered her mouth when she tried to scream, Ford told the Washington Post. And I would surely hope she'd come Monday. "The Judiciary Committee should not vote on his nomination this week".

De Leon said the whistleblower bill didn't explicitly reference sexual harassment victims until this year, when it passed the Senate, though Melendez said it was always the intent to protect employees who report harassment.

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.

Although he repeated his full support for the planned hearings over the claims, the president also rejected calls for an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe and blamed the uproar on Democratic shenanigans to cast doubt over his pick to replace retired justice Anthony Kennedy. Mazie Hirono, one of only four women on the current Senate Judiciary Committee, if having women on it now will shape the way the recent allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is handled.

As Democrats press for more time to investigate, Republicans have been careful to say that Ford should have her chance to speak, and they have stressed that they are willing to move Monday's hearing behind closed doors, if she prefers. "Monday is her opportunity", AP quoted Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell as saying, a line that was echoed by other Republicans throughout the day.

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The president has already rejected the idea of bringing in the Federal Bureau of Investigation to reopen its background check of Mr Kavanaugh.

Then again, this new allegation has already cast a massive shadow over Kavanaugh's nomination. Similarly, she asks that Kavanaugh's counsel be allowed to question Ford.

Ford's challenge also evoked the 1991 battle over the Republican nomination of Clarence Thomas, now the court's most conservative justice.

"Her allegations cover a whole range of conduct from boorishness to rough horseplay to actual attempted rape", the lawyer Carrie Severino said during a Tuesday interview on CNN.

Indeed, the mounting right-wing fury at Ford is so great that at least one completely different professor who shares her name was targeted online after GOP trolls mistakenly went after her.

"What would be the goal of the hearing if Dr. Ford doesn't want to respond?"

"Women are watching", said Patty Murray, D-Wash., who came to the Senate in a 1992 election soon after the Hill episode.

Democrats, already fiercely opposed to Kavanaugh, whose confirmation could consolidate the conservative grip on the top USA court, had demanded a delay in the committee's vote to let the FBI investigate.

Judge on Tuesday afternoon issued a statement claiming he had no memory of the alleged incident and said he did not wish to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee. John Cornyn, R-Texas, responds to reporters' questions on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Senate Republicans followed Kavanaugh's denial by releasing a letter from 65 women who say they knew Kavanaugh in high school and attested that "he has behaved honorably and treated women with respect".

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