Brett Kavanaugh willing to 'refute' sexual assault allegation before Senate panel

Washington Post: Kavanaugh accuser comes forward

Kavanaugh accuser willing to testify, her attorney says; judge...

Ms Feinstein on Sunday called on the FBI to investigate Ms Ford's story "before the Senate moves forward on this nominee". But in a statement Monday, the Missouri Republican called for the Senate to slow the process to look into allegations Kavanaugh sexually assaulted a peer as a teenager. The White House is standing by Kavanaugh's initial denial. He would serve the court for life.

Nearly a quarter - 23% - didn't know whether the Senate should vote to confirm Kavanaugh, slightly fewer than "didn't know" about Thomas in July (pre-Hill accusations) - 31%.

Trump and Kavanaugh were not scheduled to meet while the judge was at the White House on Monday, two officials said.

Could there be a delay?

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Republican leadership on the Judiciary Committee have questioned the timing of the revelation of Ford's letter and her allegation, coming just as the committee was preparing to vote on the nomination on Thursday.

"In this case, that would entail phone calls with at least Judge Kavanaugh and Dr. Ford", Grassley continued.

"Do you recall what it was?" pressed Senator Biden.

Senate Republicans want to follow up with Kavanaugh's accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, in the regular order of the Senate confirmation process. He added: "We need to hear from her".

"Anyone who comes forward as Dr. Ford has deserves to be heard, so I will continue working on a way to hear her out in an appropriate, precedented and respectful manner", said the statement from Grassley's office.

Two committee Republicans - all on the GOP side are men - Jeff Flake of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of SC, said they wanted to hear more from Ford. "Flake that we should delay this week's vote", Feinstein said.

"Professor Ford and Judge Kavanaugh should both testify under oath before the Judiciary Committee", she wrote.

"It raises a lot of questions about Democrats' tactics and motives to bring this to the rest of the committee's attention only now rather than during these many steps along the way", Grassley said.

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The Democrats have demanded a delay. Specifically, at Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation hearing, Senator Patrick Leahy, (D-Vermont) asked Kavanaugh about information he received that had been taken from files stolen by Manuel Miranda from Democrats including Leahy himself.

Democratic Party Senator Dick Durbin, who serves on the judiciary committee, said the burden had been put on the panel to "get to the bottom" of the matter.

So will the panel hear testimony?

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Ford told the Post that Kavanaugh and a friend - both "stumbling drunk", she says - corralled her in a bedroom when she was around 15 and Kavanaugh was around 17.

A spokesman for Mr Grassley said Mr Kavanaugh already went through several days of hearings and has been investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"Now I feel like my civic responsibility is outweighing my anguish and terror about retaliation", Ford told the Post.

Kavanaugh has denied the allegation, and both have said they would testify before Congress.

Ford said she kept silent about the alleged incident until she was in couples' therapy with her husband in 2012. Kavanaugh also covered her mouth when she tried to scream.

People take part in a protest against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, in front of the New York County Supreme Court at Foley Square in New York City, Aug. 26, 2018. Weinstein denies the allegations.

Mark Judge called Ford "absolutely nuts".

Specifically, Drudge promoted an article at Grabien News claiming to show that Ford got poor ratings from her students, some of whom purportedly described her as having a "dark personality" on the Rate My Professors website.

What could happen with the vote?

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