An intensifying battle over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh

Trump Defends Supreme Court Nominee as Accuser Faces Deadline

Trump Defends Supreme Court Nominee as Accuser Faces Deadline

Grassley turned down Ford's request that only senators, not lawyers, be allowed to ask questions.

The president reiterated that unusual question Friday morning on Twitter: "The radical left lawyers want the Federal Bureau of Investigation to get involved NOW". Ford told the Washington Post earlier this week that she did not tell her parents, or anyone else, about the alleged assault in its immediate aftermath-she was afraid to tell them she had been at a party where there had been underage drinking. He has staunchly denied her account.

The Senate Judiciary Committee, which oversees Supreme Court nominations, is due to meet next Monday and has invited Ms Ford and Mr Kavanaugh to testify.

Palo Alto University issued a statement supporting Ford.

Debra Katz said the time limit's "sole objective is to bully Dr Ford and deprive her of the ability to make a considered decision that has life-altering implications for her and her family".

Trump spent most of the week unusually restrained and heeding the tone set publicly by counselor Kellyanne Conway.

Ford wished to remain anonymous, but made a decision to speak to the Post amid fears she was on the verge of being outed. Assessing them would be not just the committee's 21 senators -only four of whom are women, all Democrats - but also millions of viewing voters.

Without an investigation, no one knows what really happened that night, but parts of America may have already have decided. Ford now wants it to be shifted to later in the week, and has sought, through her attorney, a guarantee for her security. Trump has refused to ask for that.

"We know allegations of sexual assault are one of the most unreported crimes that exist", Collins said, according to the Portland Press Herald.

Christine Blasey Ford, a professor who is now known as Mr Kavanaugh's accuser, has firmly entered the fray.

As I keep saying, I don't think declining to testify is much of an option for Ford.

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"She needs to go first, as always, Brett then needs to respond, and then it's time to take the vote", Fleischer said.

The committee and the attorney are now in a showdown ahead of a scheduled Monday meeting. "He has always been kind and good natured", she said. She and her team are determined to sink Kavanaugh or at least delay the proceedings for as long as possible.

-Monday is too soon. If it's true, and it happened, she is now being used as a political pawn.

"If she doesn't want to participate and tell her story, there's no reason for us to delay", Sen.

The tweets came as a Republican-controlled U.S. Senate committee struggled on how to proceed with Kavanaugh's nomination.

The hearing or hearings, if any, would have enormous stakes for Kavanaugh, Ford and their families. That means asking questions of a nominee for the Supreme Court who has been credibly accused of sexual assault.

The chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Sen. On Thursday, he clarified that "hiccup" was referring to the way Democrats had handled Ford's allegation.

In the blistering letter, Democrats accused Republicans of handling Blasey Ford's accusations worse than lawmakers did with Anita Hill's allegations against Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas back in 1991. Thomas heatedly denied the charge and was confirmed.

Democrats suggest now that tough treatment of Ford at the hands of Republicans would victimize her. Dozens of women who support Kavanaugh held a Washington news conference Friday.

"A person who is terrified during some life-threatening, traumatic event tends to experience a surge of stress hormones that tend to render the experience very memorable, very vivid", Harvard psychology professor Richard McNally says.

The details of the alleged assault during a gathering of teenagers at a house in Montgomery County, Maryland, were carried in the Washington Post last Sunday when Prof Ford chose to go public. The FBI has said it is not investigating the matter, a decision backed by Republicans. Suburban women voters in competitive House districts figure to be among the most consequential bloc in November.

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