Kavanaugh & Christine Ford to Testify at New Hearing on Attempted Rape Allegation

J. Scott Applewhite  APBrett Kavanaugh is sworn in before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington Sept. 4 2018

J. Scott Applewhite APBrett Kavanaugh is sworn in before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington Sept. 4 2018

He added that he was willing to address the allegation in front of the Senate committee.

Evangelist and humanitarian Franklin Graham says the sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is irrelevant.

While the system may be in no better shape to soberly evaluate the claims, Hill said, the populace is at least better prepared to hear them.

Meanwhile, a Republican US Senate committee chairman has said that Ms Ford has not yet agreed to appear at apublic hearing set for next Monday. In this case, that would entail phone calls with at least Judge Kavanaugh and Dr. Ford.

Trump acknowledged there could be a delay on the confirmation vote."I wish the Democrats could have done this a lot sooner because they had this information for many months ... but with all of that being said, we want to go through the process..." "This is another attempt by Republicans to rush this nomination and not fully vet Judge Kavanaugh", Feinstein said in a statement.

Kavanaugh has flatly denied the allegation, saying he did not do this "at any time". He's an incredible individual, great intellect, great judge. He's an outstanding intellect, an outstanding judge respected by everybody, never had even a little blemish on his record.

Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, was visibly enraged by the GOP's approach. Democrats refused to participate, saying the seriousness of the charges merited a full FBI investigation. As you say, this is not really their thing.

Democrats are demanding that the FBI be given time to reopen its background investigation into Kavanaugh so it can check Ford's assertions. "It demands a thorough and independent investigation before the Senate can reasonably vote on Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to a lifetime seat on the nation's highest court".

Judge Brett Kavanaugh appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill Sept. 4 2018 in Washington D.C
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Kavanaugh continues to deny the allegations and says he's willing to testify on the issue.

McConnell, for his part, said the one-on-one Monday hearing was plenty to hear out both sides. "I would surely hope she'd come Monday". He said in a statement Monday that he wanted to "refute this false allegation, from 36 years ago, and defend my integrity". She sent a letter to her congresswoman, Rep. Anna Eshoo, in July, which made its way to Sen. "Now, they have done supposedly six background checks over the years as Judge Kavanaugh has gone beautifully up the ladder". Wilkinson has not returned calls from CNN seeking comment. After initially guarding her anonymity, Ford "decided to take control of this and tell this in her own voice" after the allegations were leaked, her lawyer said. "When senator Feinstein sat with Judge Kavanaugh for a long period of time, a long, long meeting, she had this letter". And she deserves to be heard.

Hill said she has still never heard from Biden personally but that the apology is not due to her alone.

"To do better, the 2018 Senate Judiciary Committee must demonstrate a clear understanding that sexual violence is a social reality to which elected representatives must respond, " she said.

U.S. Representative Kevin Cramer, who is running against Heitkamp in North Dakota, said in a statement that he found it "hard not to be skeptical considering the timing and history of the allegations", according to the Grand Forks Herald. Corker, however, does not sit on the panel.

At the White House, Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, told reporters, "She should not be insulted".

They also plan to question Ford's credibility and point out that she did not tell anyone about the incident when it first happened.

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