Grassley: Judiciary Committee Willing to Make Concession for Blasey Ford

The woman who accuses US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of attempting to rape her will not testify to the Senate next week, says her lawyer.

The president expressed sympathy for his Supreme Court pick, saying "it's a very unfair thing what's going on" and calling Kavanaugh "an extraordinary man".

She said Kavanaugh, "stumbling drunk", threw her down on a bed, grinding his body against hers and trying to pull off her one-piece bathing suit and the clothing she was wearing over it. Ford said when she tried to scream, he put his hand over her mouth.

But he also dismissed the idea that the FBI should investigate the incident, something Blasey Ford had called for before she testifies. "The hearing questions need to have a frame and the investigation is the best frame for that - a neutral investigation, that can pull together the facts, create a record, so that the senators can draw on the information they receive to develop their question". President Donald Trump: "It wouldn't bother me, other than the FBI, John said, that they really don't do that".

Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, told MSNBC on Tuesday that the White House should request an FBI investigation of the sexual-assault accusation and any refusal to do so by Republicans would amount to rushing to confirm him.

"I believe that the FBI... should be compelled to do its job in terms of completing their background investigation and that's not being done".

"We will delay the process until it's finished out", Trump said.

"If she shows up, that would be wonderful", Trump said.

Accuser of Trump's Supreme Court pick seeks Federal Bureau of Investigation probe
In the Senate, the issue of whether, when and if Ford might testify has ignited a furor, especially among Democratic women. Aides plan follow-up sessions as needed to obtain additional information ahead of Monday's planned public hearing.

In a bombshell interview with The Washington Post on Sunday, Ford described how she was at a teenage party with Kavanaugh in 1982, when she was at Holton Arms and he went to Georgetown Prep.

Earlier on Wednesday, CNN reported that a former classmate of Kavanaugh denied attending a high school party where the nominee is accused of assaulting Ford. A White House spokesman also weighed in, telling reporters that Kavanaugh "looks forward to a hearing where he can clear his name of this false allegation".

Kavanaugh has denied the allegations and, too, has longtime friends coming to his defense.

Fleischer also noted that if Ford sounds believable during her appearance before the committee, and Kavanaugh doesn't when asked about her claims, conservatives may decide, "We just can't win".

The accusation has threatened to complicate Kavanaugh's nomination, which must be approved first by the Senate Judiciary Committee and then by the full chamber, which is narrowly controlled by Republicans.

Trump, who has repeatedly brushed off allegations of his own sexual misconduct, has so far stood by the judge and on Tuesday he again called him "outstanding". Dianne Feinstein of California, the top Judiciary Committee Democrat.

In the meantime, a GoFundMe campaign has been launched in an effort to pay for Ford's inevitable security costs, and it's raising money fast.

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