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Feinstein's opponent seizes on her role in Kavanaugh fight

Feinstein's opponent seizes on her role in Kavanaugh fight

Democrats have so far also refused to cooperate with the committee's Republican leadership.

Kavanaugh has denied the claim.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of SC, also a Judiciary Committee member, said that if Ford wants to provide information to the committee, "I would gladly listen to what she has to say".

Instead, they want the Federal Bureau of Investigation to examine Christine Blasey Ford's allegations, which Kavanaugh denies, to determine whether they are credible enough to cast doubt on Kavanaugh's fitness for office.

But the Department of Justice, referring back to a statement released Monday, says the Federal Bureau of Investigation fulfilled its role by forwarding a letter to the White House Counsel's Office.

Lisa Murkowski is calling for answers to new and unresolved questions about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after allegations of a a sexual assault by Kavanaugh in the 1980s emerged last week. "So it kind of raises the question, do they want to come to the public hearing or not?"

"Monday is her opportunity", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Tuesday, a line that was echoed by other Republicans throughout the day.

If the Judiciary committee's timetable slips, it would become increasingly hard for Republicans to schedule a vote before midterm elections on November 6 elections, when congressional control will be at stake. He accused Democrats of being "lousy politicians, but good obstructionists" in their efforts to derail Kavanaugh's confirmation to a lifetime appointment on the country's highest court.

It is unclear if a full investigation would be concluded before the planned public hearing on Monday. The point is this: Republican (and Democratic) senators should have as their first and only priority getting as close to the truth of the allegations made by Ford against Kavanaugh as possible. He told reporters at the White House: "If it takes a little delay, it will take a little delay". "But that's up to the Senate Judiciary Committee, they should decide the forum". It was unfair to Kavanaugh, unfair to his accuser and unfair to Feinstein's colleagues - Democrats and Republicans alike - on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Kavanaugh is their guy, the GOP is their party-and Ford's accusation, they immediately assume, is nothing more than a Democratic conspiracy.

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The development came after President Donald Trump showered sympathy on his embattled nominee and as Senate Republicans and Democrats fought determinedly over who should testify at a high-stakes hearing on the allegation just six weeks before major congressional elections. The senator wants the allegations to be heard promptly, she said.

Trump said at a news conference that a sex attack allegation against Kavanaugh is "shame" and referred to the judge whose nomination is hanging on by a thread as a 'great gentleman'. And I would surely hope she'd come Monday. The newspaper quoted Ford's detailed description of the incident, and said it also viewed notes from a 2013 therapy session in which she had called it a "rape attempt".

Trump, who has shrugged off allegations about his own sexual improprieties, told a White House press conference that Kavanaugh has an "impeccable history in every way" and "has gone beautifully up the ladder".

"I stand to believe there's no such thing as a "he-said-she-said" case", Linda Fairstein said.

Ford has said she was willing to testify. However, he also said that he reached out to Ford "three or four times" and had not received a response.

"I did not ask to be involved in this matter nor did anyone asked me to be involved", Judge said in a written statement forwarded to the committee by his attorney, Barbara Van Gelder.

While that's the biggest problem with the Wall Street Journal editorial on Ford and Kavanaugh, it's not the only one. "The only reason I am involved is that Dr. Christine Blasey Ford remembers me as the other person in the room during the alleged assault".

Prior to the letter from Ford's attorneys, lawmakers were left in limbo after multiple messages for Ford to appear in a public hearing went unanswered.