US President Donald Trump's nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court has been thrust into turmoil after the woman accusing him of high school-era sexual misconduct told her story publicly for the first time.
Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), a red-state Democrat who is facing a tough re-election fight this year, also said the committee should hold off on voting until it can review what he called "serious" allegations leveled against Kavanaugh, an appellate court judge. Flake did not indicate to the Post how he would vote, but said it was his view "we can't vote until we hear more". "For me, we can't vote until we hear more".
The letter is posted on the Google Forms Web site and says it's been signed by "200+ alumnae", but the names of the signatories aren't included.
Deborah Katz, who represents Christine Blasey Ford, says her client considers Kavanaugh's actions "attempted rape". "I mean, I don't know her".
In a statement to Fox News, Hatch's office said that Kavanaugh told the senator "he was not at a party like the one [Ford] describes" and added that Ford "may be mistaking [Kavanaugh] for someone else".
Kavanaugh has denied Ford's allegations that he pushed her into a bedroom, attempted to remove her clothes and covered her mouth when she tried to scream at a high school party in the early 1980's. If they point out that her therapist's notes, the ones that Ford claims prove her charge, in some ways contradict what she is now saying, they will be portrayed as a bunch of men attacking a sexual assault survivor.
In his statement Monday, Grassley complained that the allegation was made public just days before the committee was set to vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation. "This should happen before the Senate moves forward on this nominee". He said he would be willing to talk to the committee "in any way" it deems appropriate to "defend my integrity".
Ford's former high school is located seven miles away from Kavanaugh's former high school, and each of them are single-sex educational institutions.
Stressing that Kavanaugh had already testified and undergone Federal Bureau of Investigation background checks, Conway said: "I think you have to weigh this testimonial evidence from Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh along with the considerable body of evidence that is already there about the judge's temperament and qualifications and character". Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee.
Leading Democrats have called for a delay while the issue is investigated. The teenage friend who allegedly broke up the encounter, Mark Judge, also denied the accusation, telling the Weekly Standard that it was "absolutely nuts".
Ford said she will participate in any proceedings she is invited to participate in. The committee, chaired by Sen.
The committee is due to vote on Thursday on whether his nomination should go forward to a full vote in the Senate.
Months later, after Anita Hill accused the judge of sexual harassment and testified about it on Capitol Hill, the number who said the Senate should vote to confirm had grown, with 58% who said yes, according to a Gallup poll.
"There is no way for the American people to be assured through any Senate Judiciary process that [Kavanaugh] can be trusted in his denials of this extraordinarily credible claim by a woman who had nothing to gain, and everything to lose by bravely coming forward and telling her story", Hogue told reporters, "It is NARAL's position and the position of our members that Brett Kavanaugh should withdraw his nomination immediately". Kavanaugh, who's said he's willing to speak to the judiciary committee, will never get a fair hearing.