Anita Hill blasts Senate panel amid Kavanaugh allegations

The Senate Judiciary Committee will move forward with hearing scheduled for Monday on sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, despite a request for further investigation from his accuser.

The Salt Lake Tribune's Washington bureau chief, Thomas Burr, says Senator Hatch's response then is pretty similar to his response now, as allegations of sexual misconduct have come out against Brett Kavanaugh.

Ford, now 51, said she was able to escape after Kavanaugh's friend, Mark Judge, tried to jump on them. Dianne Feinstein had the letter, which requested confidentiality, for weeks before she turned it over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and fellow Senate Democrats.

She has accused Kavanaugh of attacking her and trying to remove her clothing while he was drunk at a suburban Maryland party in 1982 when they were both high school students, allegations Kavanaugh has called "completely false".

He again said he won't ask the FBI to conduct an investigation, pointing to the Justice Department's statement that there's no federal crime or national security implication, so it's out of their purview.

Ultimately, she concluded, "a fair process in which both sides are fully heard is in everyone's interest-including, most importantly, the country's, given the stakes".

President Trump issued his most forceful defense yet of his embattled Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh on Tuesday.

Kavanaugh has denied the accusation.

The allegations against Kavanaugh by Ford, a Palo Alto University professor, are occurring in a society that has changed since 1991.

"I'm not sure which is in play", Hill said. Jeff Flake were the first to call for the Judiciary Committee to delay the vote on Kavanaugh's nomination until after Ford has been heard from. "It's a process, speaking for all of the Republicans, we want to give everybody a chance to say what they want to say".

"She is a person of integrity", Leahy said of Feinstein.

Finally, refer to Christine Blasey Ford by her name. "I have never done anything like what the accuser describes - to her or to anyone".

Debra Katz, the lawyer representing Ford, told CNN Monday her client is willing to testify.

Meanwhile, key members the Trump administration, including the president himself, continue to defend Kavanaugh. "They want to know that the Senate takes this seriously".

Murray and other Democrats are drawing a direct parallel between the claims against Kavanaugh and those raised in 1991 when Anita Hill accused Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment during his confirmation hearings for the Supreme Court.

Thomas was confirmed - though by a 52-28 margin, the closest in modern history - but only after days of testimony from witnesses about his interactions with Hill in different government jobs.

"Next week Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh will testify to the Senate Judiciary Committee under oath", McConnell said Tuesday. Democrats have responded that Ford asked that her confidentiality be respected and she didn't come forward until after the information was leaked.

The hearing represents a potential make-or-break moment for the conservative federal appeals court judge's confirmation chances for the lifetime post on the top U.S. court, as Mr Trump seeks to continue his goal of moving the federal judiciary to the right.

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