President Donald Trump said Tuesday he does not believe the Federal Bureau of Investigation should delve any further into the decades-old sexual assault allegation leveled against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, claiming the Federal Bureau of Investigation does not want to be involved. They did not raise it, even with the name redacted, in four days of exhaustive public hearings while Judge Kavanaugh testified under oath - even though they chose to raise myriad other matters at the hearing, including through sometimes freakish innuendo.
Kavanaugh attended a private school for boys in Maryland, while Ford attended a nearby school. The accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh may be true, but so far it doesn't seem likely.
Maine Sen. Susan Collins, one of the key swing votes on the nomination, said she wanted both Kavanaugh and Ford to testify under oath before the Judiciary Committee. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, detailing her allegations against Kavanaugh. They said the Republican hard line showed they'd learned nothing from the 1991 hearings when Anita Hill's claims of sexual harassment by Clarence Thomas, then a Supreme Court nominee, were dismissed by the all-male Judiciary panel.
"If it takes a little delay, it'll take a little delay", Trump told reporters in the White House Roosevelt Room.
Maura Fitzgerald says she and Kavanaugh were good friends in high school and began dating in college.
Ford went public with her allegation in an article published by The Washington Post on Sunday.
Conspicuously missing from the public remarks of Republicans on Monday was a vociferous defense of Kavanaugh. "He has denied this and I feel bad that this happened to him".
"This is a completely false allegation", he said in a statement issued through the White House on Monday morning. Trump said he did not meet with his nominee and declined to say whether Kavanaugh had offered to withdraw, dismissing the question as "ridiculous".
Ford's attorney, Debra Katz, told multiple media outlets on September 17 that her client would be willing to testify.
Blunt, a member of Senate leadership, has given full-throated support to Kavanaugh's nomination.
He had been on a smooth confirmation track to be Supreme Court Judge, but the new allegations have disrupted the process. As Dr. Blasey saw these hearings unfold, her choice became more clear in her mind that she did not want to come forward. With the sexual misconduct allegation, Kavanaugh looks even more like a mini-Trump.
"We believe women and we believe Christine Blasey Ford", said Shaunna Thomas, executive director and co-founder of UltraViolet. "But that's up to the Senate Judiciary Committee, they should decide the forum". Grassley intends to press on as planned with Kavanaugh's confirmation vote later this week, but said that Ford's accusation "deserves to be heard" in an "appropriate" manner.
If her friend's come out to confirm the report, that's just a little too "convenient". "Senator Feinstein, on the other hand, has had this information for many weeks and deprived her colleagues of the information necessary to do our jobs".
During the assault, says Ford, she was traumatized.
Banks said Ford struggled "mightily" with the decision to alert lawmakers to the alleged incident. She said she got away when a companion of Kavanaugh's jumped on him. "But due process, which ought to matter when it comes to filling the critical seat on the highest court in the land, calls for nothing less", wrote Lat, who founded the website Above the Law.