Sex claim against top court pick should be heard: Trump aide

Chevy Chase Maryland. Kavanaugh is scheduled to appear again before the Senate Judiciary Committee next Monday following allegations that have endangered his appointment

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Monday evening's development now pushes the date for the committee vote to confirm Kavanaugh, which had been scheduled for Thursday, into the unknown along with any certainty he would be confirmed. There was no immediate explanation of the reason for his visit. Republicans want to stay on track - aiming for a confirmation vote before October 1, when the court begins its new term.

Ford claimed that Kavanaugh - who was drunk at the time - held her down and tried to remove her clothes while covering her mouth with his hand.

A group of women who went to Holton-Arms-the private girls school in Bethesda that Christine Blasey Ford attended-have put together a letter of support for Ford.

During the NBC interview, Katz characterized Kavanaugh's actions as "attempted rape", adding that her client feels "that if it were not for the severe intoxication of Brett Kavanaugh, she would have been raped".

Kavanaugh denied the allegations outright.

Hatch, the Senate president pro tempore and third in the presidential line of succession behind Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Paul Ryan, told CNN that Kavanaugh was "upset" about the allegation and described him as "a very strong, decent man". Kavanaugh came to the White House amid the upheaval, but there was no immediate word on why or whether he had been summoned. Ford came forward in a September 16 interview with the Washington Post. She should not be ignored. Before the hearings were announced, both indicated they were willing to testify about the allegations.

The explosive assault claim makes the Supreme Court the latest u.s. institution to be rocked by fallout from the year-old #MeToo movement exposing sexual misconduct.

"She should be heard", Conway said on "Fox and Friends".

Banks said Ford was not motivated by politics, but ultimately chose to provide her account "so that those making a very important decision can make an informed decision with all the facts". Feinstein said she received a letter detailing the allegations in July, but sat on it until last Wednesday, ostensibly out of respect for Ford. What made her come out of her privacy protectionist shell is she realized her going public might possibly have an effect on his nomination and whether Kavanaugh might get appointed to SCOTUS.

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A split seemed to be emerging among the GOP. The development offered some respite to several vulnerable Democrats who are facing re-election in Republican-leaning states and who had avoided taking a firm position on Kavanaugh's nomination. "That's what the Federal Bureau of Investigation does, and that's why they're in charge of the background review process".

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A potential "no" vote from Flake would complicate the judge's prospects. Former Vice President Joe Biden, then the committee chairman, told Teen Vogue magazine past year that he should have acted more thoroughly on Hill's accusations.

On Monday morning, Democrats stepped up calls for a delay in the committee vote.

"If you believe the charges are true, then you vote no", said Flake, R-Arizona.

The congresswoman also defended Feinstein, who has been criticized for not releasing information about the allegation sooner, and said, "Sen".

Ford sent her lawyer out to be clear on some key points.

Mr. Manley recalls his time as a young staffer in the Senate when Anita Hill accused then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment in 1991. Even if the allegations are true, she does not believe they should disqualify the nominee, "because I don't think that's the kind of life that he's led". In a statement to the Post, she said, "These are all the ills that I was trying to avoid". Because this never happened, I had no idea who was making this accusation until she identified herself yesterday. Ford has claimed that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in college.

"They need to be fully vetted", Democratic Sen. Kavanaugh would also probably be asked to appear before senators.

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

During a television interview, Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

It is the first of these items that, at least for me, is by far the most troubling.

The GOP's announcement of a September 24 hearing follows a daylong scramble in Washington to assess Kavanaugh's prospects after Ford revealed her identity to The Washington Post.

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