'I will not be intimidated': Brett Kavanaugh vows not to withdraw nomination

PONNURU: Gender gap not necessarily bad news for Republicans

PONNURU: Gender gap not necessarily bad news for Republicans

Ford, a university professor in California, has accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in 1982 when they were high school students in Maryland.

The woman also made other accusations in her statement. They want the FBI to reopen its background investigation of Kavanaugh and look into the allegations against him.

"We have to listen to what she will say on the record, under oath, and what Judge Kavanaugh will say on the record, under oath", Murkowski added. "He is an absolute gem", said Trump. Before Trump nominated Kavanaugh in July, Ford and Koegler had an email exchange in which she said she had been referring to Kavanaugh, Koegler said.

"They could have pushed it through two and a half weeks ago, and you wouldn't be talking about it right now, which is frankly what I would have preferred". Asked whether he thought Ford's claims were also fabricated, Hatch said, "I think she's honest, at least I hope so".

Lawyer Beth Wilkinson tells CNN Wednesday that whether or not Kavanaugh drank isn't the issue.

Neighbor Rebecca White said she was walking her dog in 2017 when she ran into Ford, who said she had seen White's social media post describing her own experience with sexual assault.

Kavanaugh has denied the allegations. Likewise, South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham told reporters he thought someone may have indeed harmed Ford, "but I'm increasingly confident that Brett Kavanaugh was not that person".

Senator Chuck Grassley, who chairs the committee, said on Wednesday the hearing will go forward as planned.

Republicans chose to hire a female attorney because of the risk that the panel's 11 Republican men - there are no GOP women on the committee - might say something insensitive to Ford.

According to Clune, they had a call set up last night with Republicans on the Judiciary Committee but only Democrats joined the call. He says she covered her mouth to prevent her screams after he pinned her on a bed. Kavanaugh immediately denied the allegation.

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The committee has offered for Ford to share her testimony in public or private, or over the phone.

Meanwhile, the Republicans were still assessing what Kavanaugh's Monday interview on the Fox News Channel - an unusual appearance for a Supreme Court nominee - indicates about how he would do in Thursday's hearing.

In the Fox interview Kavanaugh got a taste of the personal questions he'll face from senators. "We aren't announcing the name for her safety", Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said.

Republicans have rejected any further delays in the confirmation process, scheduling a judiciary committee vote for Friday, which will be followed by consideration by the full Senate.

There was no immediate response by the committee to the AP's request for comment. Another woman, Deborah Ramirez, says Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a college party. But other outlets like the New York Times refused to report it because her account could not be corroborated.

But Kavanaugh's nomination carries weight for voters beyond the Supreme Court bench: 37% of those polled said that they are more likely to vote for someone in November who opposes Kavanaugh's nomination.

Also on Monday, Kavanaugh said he would not step aside, saying "the truth is I've never sexually assaulted anyone, in high school or otherwise". "Everyone deserves better than this, not just Judge Kavanaugh".

"There's no reason to delay this more, unless something new comes out of the hearing on Thursday", said Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn.

In a break from convention, Mitchell will question Ford and Kavanaugh on behalf of the committee's Republican senators, 11 men. That's even as Thursday's showdown hearing approaches.

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