Kavanaugh accuser wants FBI investigation before testifying

  • Kavanaugh accuser wants FBI investigation before testifying

Kavanaugh accuser wants FBI investigation before testifying

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) was made aware of the charge in a letter from Ford in July but did not alert fellow committee members to its contents until last week.

She says he pinned her to a bed and clamped his hand over her mouth when she attempted to scream.

Kavanaugh has denied the accusation.

When Kavanaugh was in the White House this week, he was reportedly kept away from Trump.

"The rush to a hearing is unnecessary, and contrary to the Committee discovering the truth", said Lisa Banks, Ford's attorney, in a statement to CNN.

Trump indicated that his patience is wearing thin, even telling thehill.com political website that the scandal resembles what he called "the witch hunt" by a special prosecutor into allegations that he colluded with Russian Federation in his surprise 2016 election.

Third, as long as Ford's counsel want to talk about regular, independent investigations, we should note that there is not a police organization in America that would entertain her allegation, in light of the lapse of time and the long-ago exhaustion of the statute of limitations. "We'll have to make a decision".

In their letter, Ford's attorneys had further stated that Ford wished the FBI to investigate her claims before he came before the committee.

"You have stated repeatedly that Dr Ford wants to tell her story".

"I want to see what she [Prof Ford] has to say but I want to give it all the time they need", the Republican president said. Precautions were taken to ensure that Blasey Ford's identity would remain confidential: Only Eshoo herself and one senior aide in her office were fully aware of the details of the matter.

On Wednesday, Senator Jeff Flake - who had previously said he would not decide his vote until hearing both testimonies - also called on Prof Ford to accept the Senate's invitation.

Ford said that at the time of the alleged incident, Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge were "stumbling drunk" and Judge was in the room when Kavanaugh groped her and tried to remove her clothes.

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.

Regardless of whether Kavanaugh is confirmed, treating Ford poorly would undermine the Senate and the Supreme Court, and further divide an already ailing nation.

And Trump - who faces a raft of serious allegations of sexual impropriety and was once caught on tape boasting of being able to "grab" women's genitals whenever he wanted - has had to tread a fine line.

No, this situation should also be understood in certain respects as the latest manifestation of Trump's corruption and ongoing assault on the rule of law - and Republicans' active aiding and abetting of it.

McCaskill is alluding to the Citizens United Supreme Court case, which determined that political campaign spending was protected by the First Amendment.

'But I can only say this: he is such an outstanding man.

Trump, counseled not to dismiss or insult Ford - as he has with women who accused him of sexual misconduct - has showered sympathy on his embattled nominee and said he wants to hear from Ford.

The letter said that Ford has faced "vicious harassment and even death threats" since going public with her allegations on Sunday. Her family has relocated, they said.

The lawyer's statement repeats earlier reports of threats to Prof Ford and her family's safety, adding that she is "currently unable to go home".

Democrats complain that Ford was not consulted before the hearing was announced.

"Shame recognizes shame. So like if Trump says, 'There is something I like about this guy, ' we should probably investigate them".