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Thom Tillis can and should delay Brett Kavanaugh vote right now

Thom Tillis can and should delay Brett Kavanaugh vote right now

She contacted her congressmember and The Washington Post through a tip line. She says that a small group of students were drinking at a home in suburban Maryland, and that Kavanaugh and a friend, Mark Judge, were heavily intoxicated. She told The Washington Post that, Kavanaugh, with another boy there, both drunk, pinned her to a bed, pressed his body on her and groped her, covered her mouth as she tried to scream and started trying to get her clothes off when the other teenage boy leaped on the bed, the three fell and she escaped.

"This is a completely false allegation".

On Fox News on Monday morning, White House adviser Kellyanne Conway said Ford "should not be insulted and she should not be ignored".

Republicans outnumber Democrats 11-10 on the Judiciary Committee, which means any one Republican can delay Thursday's vote if Democrats are united, as they are sure to be.

Sharing similar sentiments, South Carolina Sen.

The statements allow for the possibility that Judiciary Committee would receive dueling testimony about the alleged incident decades ago, which could threaten Trump's attempt to install a conservative in the place of frequent swing vote Justice Anthony Kennedy, potentially altering the balance of the court for a generation.

With Republicans narrowly controlling the Senate 51-49, the views of Collins and Sen. Susan Collins are two key GOP swing votes. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), has not delayed the vote.

The Republican-controlled Senate panel had been committed to a vote on Kavanaugh on Thursday despite the fast-moving developments of the past week.

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Thomas, the second African-American nominated to the Supreme Court, denied the allegations and said he was the victim of "a high-tech lynching for uppity blacks who in any way deign to think for themselves". In August, Blasey Ford took a polygraph test administered by a former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent, who said she was being truthful. "He was trying to attack me and remove my clothing".

Trump is praising Kavanaugh as one of the finest people he's known.

In the interview, Ford says she didn't reveal what had happened until 2012, when she and her husband sought couples therapy.

That vote has now been postponed so that Kavanaugh and Ford can testify on Monday.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts Democrat and a 2020 presidential hopeful, sent out a fundraising appeal touting Ms. Ford's allegations as a reason to donate.

"This is different circumstances, occurring in a whole different time", says Manley, warning about "blowback" if Republicans try to overreach and impugn Ford's motives for coming forward. Kavanaugh would also probably be asked to appear before senators. If the Committee does end up voting in Kavanaugh's favor, the nomination would then go before the full Senate.

Republicans have not settled on the strategy, the person familiar with the situation said, but were weighing options, including doing nothing.

Kavanaugh also said he is willing to talk to the committee.


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