Arrested Demonstrating Support For Christine Blasey Ford

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Christine Blasey Ford has been told to testify about an alleged sexual assault involving Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh - or the Senate will go ahead and vote on his confirmation.

In a tweet reacting to Ford's expressed willingness to testify before the Senate next week, Ilyse Hogue-president of NARAL-noted in a tweet on Thursday that Ford "deserves to tell her story on her own terms" and that the onus is on the Republican majority to ensure that she is given a fair platform to do so.

Senate Judiciary chairman Chuck Grassley on Wednesday had given Ford, a California college professor, a deadline of Friday at 10am to commit to Monday's hearing.

US President Donald Trump introduces his Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, July 9, 2018.

Twelve of Prof Ford's family members have written an open letter, posted on Twitter, in which they call her "highly ethical", adding that "her honesty is above reproach".

This isn't the first time allegations have come up during a Supreme Court confirmation hearing.

Late Thursday afternoon, graduates of the all girls Holton-Arms School delivered a letter of support for Ford signed by more than 1,000 alumnae to the congressional office of West Virginia Republican Sen. Republicans have moved to get Kavanaugh confirmed before the November 6 midterm election, where Democrats are expected to flip a number of GOP-held seats in the Senate.

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Chairman Senator Chuck Grassley had invited Kavanaugh to testify in regards to the accusations made by Christine Blasey Ford. The Democratic party is nearly universally calling for an FBI investigation that it knows full well is not going to happen, and should not happen, and using its absence as a reason for the hearing to be delayed.

"There are gaps in her memory", the Senate's No. 2 Republican, John Cornyn of Texas, said, referring to details Ford has said she can't remember. Two others have said they have no recollection of any incident like the one Ford described.

"It is not the FBI's role to investigate a matter such as this", wrote Grassley, who also sent a letter to committee Democrats formally rejecting their bid for the FBI to investigate.

"Judge Kavanaugh has not asked to have the FBI investigate these claims".

The paper quoted lawyer Debra Katz as saying she wanted to discuss with the committee on Thursday the terms under which Ford would appear later. The Senate Judiciary Committee has yet to see it. Republicans in the Senate are insisting she testify Monday - either publicly or privately.

Ford's camp and the Democrats opposed to Kavanaugh's confirmation quickly balked, demanding an "FBI investigation" despite the Department of Justice's repeated assertion that the accusation, as it involves no potential federal crime, is not under the Bureau's general investigative jurisdiction and that their role in background investigations for nominees does not include credibility determinations. In the poll, conducted from September 11-17, 36% of USA adults surveyed did not want Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, up 6% points from a similar poll a month earlier, while 31% favored Kavanaugh's appointment.

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