Public hearing will be held on sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh

The Senate has scheduled a public hearing on a sex assault claim against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh for next week.

Kane said she also "couldn't believe" the allegations, adding that she attended the judge's public confirmation hearings and witnessed several other women offering statements supporting Kavanaugh.

Kane said that she drank socially with Kavanaugh while they were in high school, adding that the drinking age in the District of Columbia was 18 at the time. Katz said, "I would say no one in their right mind regardless of their motive would want to inject themselves into this process and face the kind of annihilation that she will be subjected to by those who want this nominee to go through". Judge, the friend who was allegedly involved in the incident, spoke to The Weekly Standard before Ford came forward publicly, and said: "It's just absolutely nuts. She should not be ignored", presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway told reporters in the White House driveway on Monday.

The remarks by McConnell, R-Ky., seemed aimed at signaling that while Ford will be given her opportunity to detail her allegations under oath, party leaders - certainly for now - were not easing off their support of President Donald Trump's nominee. She said that at a party in suburban Maryland in the early 1980s, a drunken Kavanaugh had pinned her to a bed, groped her and attempted to remove her clothes.

While of a different nature, Trump views the Kavanaugh situation through the same lens: unfair allegations made to personally hurt him. Ford is a professor, so some of Kavanaugh's online defenders made a decision to dig up student reviews of her classes.

The federal circuit judge declared he had "never done anything like what the accuser describes".

Democrats on the Judiciary Committee had known about the accusation since July and said nothing about it during Kavanaugh's lengthy confirmation hearings.

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Republicans reversed course and agreed to the hearing in the face of growing demands by GOP senators to hear directly from Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, now a psychology professor in California.

'She's not taking a position on this. How can an accused defend himself from charges of a nameless person?

President Trump on Monday (Tuesday NZT) told reporters that "if it takes a little delay, it'll take a little delay" to vet the allegations against Kavanaugh, who is now a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

The committee vote to confirm Kavanaugh, originally set for Thursday, was delayed due to the upcoming hearing.

McConnell said that "blatant malpractice" by Democrats - not releasing a letter by the accuser until the confirmation process was nearing its end - "will not stop the Senate from moving forward in a responsible manner". "This includes Mark Judge, who Dr. Blasey Ford identified, and others that might be identified through the FBI's investigation or subsequent due diligence by the committee itself". Before Ford's allegations, the actress had tweeted out multiple stories criticizing Kavanaugh's nomination and other left-wing causes including National Football League star Colin Kaepernick's recent Nike campaign.

"I find her allegations worth looking into professionally", Leahy said in the interview. Thomas was confirmed, but the hearings had huge political ramifications and raised awareness of workplace sexual harassment.

Republicans, he says, feel that this is in their grasp and they do not want to do anything to cause things to go off the rails.

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