Danger for Trump court pick as assault accuser vows to testify

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Some 65 women who grew up in the Chevy Chase and Bethesda area and knew Kavanaugh in his high school days have come out and spoken highly of his treatment of girls and women.

When his staff secretary Rob Porter was accused by two ex-wives of spousal abuse, Trump expressed sorrow that a promising young aide's life had been ruined, even as he recognized that Porter could no longer work at the White House.

Kavanaugh was seen Monday morning arriving at the White House.

He had been on a smooth confirmation track to be Supreme Court Judge, but the new allegations have disrupted the process. Before the hearings were announced, both indicated they were willing to testify about the allegations.

"She should be heard", Conway said on Fox TV. The FBI has I think gone through a process six times with him over the years where he went to higher and higher positions. He is an outstanding intellect and outstanding judge respected by everybody. "If it takes a little delay, it'll take a little delay".

Said Kavanaugh in response, "I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation. I don't think she did it for political reasons", he added. "I have never done anything like what the accuser describes-to her or to anyone", Kavanaugh said.

He said the Federal Bureau of Investigation should do a second background check -including an interview with Ford - and both Kavanaugh and Ford should testify publicly in Congress.

Ford and Katz, her lawyer, didn't return calls seeking comment. Democrats called for the judiciary committee to hold off its Thursday vote, The Washington Post reported.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Ford could testify privately or appear publicly before national television cameras. Those witnesses would include Kavanaugh's high school friend Mark Judge, who Ford said was in the room when she was assaulted, but Judge said no. Kavanaugh has denied Ford's allegation, and Judge says he doesn't remember any such incident.

Trump said Kavanaugh "is anxious" to testify and cast doubt on Ford's willingness to testify. Republicans said late Tuesday they were considering hiring outside attorneys, presumably including women, to question the witnesses.

Ford initially declined to come forward.

The testimonies "would be added to the very considerable mountain of evidence and considerations that folks will have when they weigh whether or not to vote for judge Kavanaugh to be on the Supreme Court".

Kavanaugh had issued a similar statement on Friday, before the identity of his accuser was made public.

"I thought he might inadvertently kill me", the Post quoted Ford as saying.

The fact that Feinstein sat on Ford's letter about the alleged assault hasn't helped.

Republican Bob Corker also said delaying the vote "would be best for all involved". "Because once you go public you are subjected to a great deal".

"They should be examined thoroughly and fairly by the Judiciary Committee without any artificial timeline", said McCaskill, who has spent years advocating for legislation to combat sexual assault on college campuses, in the military and at government agencies. "Feinstein did everything to protect the privacy of our mutual constituent".

She also criticized her opponent, Smith, for not seeking a similar vetting of allegations against U.S. Rep Keith Ellison, who is running for attorney general.

But the far more significant issues with Ford's claim involve the things her story now lacks. "And Brett Kavanaugh got on top of her on the bed, pushed her down on the bed on her back, began groping at her, trying to take off her clothes".

"That's not relevant to credibility - when it took place and how it took place", Cardin said.

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