Jeff Flake: Kavanaugh Accuser 'Must Be Heard'

Kavanaugh accuser said to be willing to testify before US Senate committee

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Senate Republicans want to follow up with Kavanaugh's accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, in the regular order of the Senate confirmation process.

"Her recollection of these events is crystal clear", Ford's attorney Lisa Banks told Morning Edition.

No matter what happens, Democratic strategists say the latest allegations against Kavanaugh will serve as another boost to female turnout, in an election year where Democratic women were already set to boost their ranks.

"This has not changed", said White House spokesman Kerri Kupec on Monday.

My statement on Judge Kavanaugh. She should not be ignored.

"I thought he might inadvertently kill me", said Ford in the interview.

When Ford tried to scream, hoping someone downstairs would hear her, Kavanaugh clapped his hand over her mouth to silence her, she said. After her story began to leak, she changed her mind and chose to go public.

Initially the sexual misconduct allegation was conveyed in a private letter, without revealing Ford's name.

In 2018, a historic number of women have already been nominated - nearly exclusively on the Democratic side of the aisle - thanks to frustration with President Donald Trump and his treatment of women.

Ford had retained the services of Debra Katz, a Washington-area attorney who specializes in sexual assault cases and who advised Ford to get a polygraph test, which she passed.

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.

Kavanaugh adamantly denies the allegation, as does the other man named by Ford, Mark Judge.

Holton-Arms School YearbookChristine Ford's 1984 yearbook picture.

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A split seemed to be emerging among the GOP. "I did not do this back in high school or at any time".

"We need to hear from her", he told news website Politico. While Chuck Grassley released a statement saying that it's "disturbing that these uncorroborated allegations" have been released just now, fact is, the allegations have actually been partially corroborated.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said he was open to hearing from Ford, while resisting calls to delay the vote. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee. On Sunday, The Washington Post published an interview with Ford.

Mrs Ford, a professor of psychology at Palo Alto University, detailed her allegations in the Washington Post at the weekend.

Donald Trump will attack the California professor now accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault rather than reconsider the Kavanuagh nomination, sources tell 'Politico'.

The Senate Judiciary Committee has completed its hearings on Kavanaugh and plans to vote on Thursday on his nomination. Ford has expressed a willingness to speak before the committee, as has Kavanaugh.

Senator Grassley could invite Ms Ford to testify, likely in closed session before Thursday.

She told the newspaper she believed the incident happened in 1982, when she was 15 and Mr Kavanaugh was 17.

Republicans have not settled on the strategy, the person familiar with the situation said, but were weighing options, including doing nothing.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement that Grassley "must postpone the vote until, at a very minimum, these serious and credible allegations are thoroughly investigated". Richard Blumenthal, both members of the committee, likewise demanded a delay on the confirmation vote until further investigation.

One supporter of Kavanaugh also pushed back on some reporting that the White House or Republicans would deploy any aggressive attack, calling it "infuriating".

The assault accusation, made privately in July, took on new weight over the weekend when Ford went on the record with The Washington Post. "Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman (Chuck) Grassley has indicated that he is following up on this new information expeditiously so that the confirmation process can proceed in an orderly way".

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