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The woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault says the FBI should investigate the incident before senators hold a hearing on the allegations.

The lawyer's statement repeats earlier reports of threats to Prof Ford and her family's safety, adding that she is "currently unable to go home".

A schoolmate of Ford came forward Wednesday on Twitter to corroborate her story, saying that the sexual misconduct 'was spoken about for days afterwards in school'. "I'm totally confident. That would be completely out of character for him", said Paula Duke Ebel. We've offered her a public hearing, a private hearing, a public staff interview, or a private staff interview.

There were signs the GOP's strategy of planning a nationally televised hearing yet also offering Ford the option to testify privately was keeping possible Republican defections in check. "The invitation for Monday (Sept. 24) still stands".

When asked if her party believed her, Monahan said, "No".

Democrats say Grassley is rushing the confirmation, and that he's creating Anita Hill vs. Clarence Thomas Redux. "The F.B.I. conducts background checks on judicial nominees". And Republicans - who are now claiming that testimony by just Ford and Kavanaugh will be sufficient, to keep this dispute shrouded in he-said/she-said uncertainty - are complicit in creating this state of affairs, in which bringing an external, neutral fact finding effort to bear on this process is essentially unthinkable. Feinstein later announced she had given the letter to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Ford said that at the time of the alleged incident, Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge were "stumbling drunk" and Judge was in the room when Kavanaugh groped her and tried to remove her clothes.

She says he pinned her to a bed and clamped his hand over her mouth when she attempted to scream. He called the allegations a "drive-by attack" on the judge's character. I have never done anything like what the accuser describes - to her or to anyone.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, center, walks past members of the media as he heads to the Senate floor on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018.

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Fellow host Mika Brzezinski said Republicans had no choice but to demand a vote on Kavanaugh if Ford didn't testify on Monday, as scheduled.

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. Nevada is not one of those places, according to a poll from Morning Consult, which found back in August that 46% of voters approve of the job Trump is doing.

In his response, Grassley argued that such an investigation would fall beyond the jurisdiction of the FBI. "We'll have to make a decision. This should have been brought up earlier in some fashion so that it could be done as part of the regular process and we wouldn't have this very unusual, odd episode right now", he said. A proper investigation must be completed, witnesses interviewed, evidence reviewed and all sides spoken to.

High drama. Exit question: If Miranda is the only person who remembers the incident being talked about, is that itself enough to finish off Kavanaugh? She's reportedly received death threats. This abuse must stop.

"We're not consulted at all", she told ABC, "I would like to have us come together and figure out what is the best way to proceed".

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Ford's attorneys sent another letter on her behalf to Senators Feinstein and Grassley, detailing her experience over the last week and how the committee has contributed to it. Only if the White House "demands it" will the FBI investigate the claim, Carlson said.

No, this situation should also be understood in certain respects as the latest manifestation of Trump's corruption and ongoing assault on the rule of law - and Republicans' active aiding and abetting of it.

The rapid-fire response sparked a flare of tweets, including from actresses and liberal activists Debra Messing and Patricia Arquette, questioning how anyone could line up so many high school pals so quickly to speak up for someone they didn't actually go to school with.

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