Woman willing to testify over Trump's nominee

Kavanaugh accuser said to be willing to testify before US Senate committee

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She recalls him being extremely intoxicated and pinning her down on a bed, grinding against her, attempting to take off her clothes, and covering her mouth so she couldn't scream.

Ford said she never discussed the incident with anyone until 2012, during a couple's therapy session with her husband, Russell Ford. But Democrats say that staff calls ― normally routine for most Supreme Court nominees ― aren't the appropriate way to handle the matter.

While the Trump administration stood behind the president's nominee, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway also took pains to display concern for Kavanaugh's accuser.

Sens. Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt -usually on opposite political sides - offered almost identical reactions to the sexual assault allegations against federal Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a sign of the high political stakes for both GOP leaders and red state Democrats as the Senate weighs the judge's nomination to the Supreme Court. On Sunday, The Washington Post published an interview with Ford.

Asked whether the FBI is investigating the Kavanaugh allegation, the FBI said, as it did last week, that there is no FBI investigation. He also did not indicate his thoughts about delaying the committee vote set for Thursday. "In fact, she was quite reluctant to come forward".

Ford told the Post that she recalled being at a party with Kavanaugh in the summer of 1982, when she was 15 and Kavanaugh was 17.

The suit combines three requests that Democrats on the committee submitted in August to the National Archives, the Central Intelligence Agency and the Bush library for documents relating to the six years Kavanaugh spent at the Bush White House as senior associate counsel and staff secretary to the president.

Now a judge on the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, widely viewed as the nation's second most powerful court, Kavanaugh seemed to be on a smooth confirmation track until the new allegation emerged.

It is especially troublesome as key Republican senators are under enormous pressure from outside groups who want them to oppose Mr Kavanaugh on grounds that as a justice he could vote to undercut the Roe v Wade ruling legalising abortion in the US.

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The Senate Judiciary Committee has completed its hearings on Kavanaugh and plans to vote on Thursday on his nomination.

On Monday, Katz said her client is willing to testify before the Senate on her allegation that Kavanaugh tried to rape her in high school. Whether Ford's accusation is true or not, Democratic Sen.

Kavanaugh issued another denial Monday and said he has never done anything like the allegation.

Republican Senator Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Judiciary Committee overseeing the high-stakes nomination, said Christine Blasey Ford, a university professor in California who made the allegation, "deserves to be heard". The senator claims the allegations are "extremely serious and bear heavily on Judge Kavanaugh's character".

With Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation still in the balance, Republicans on the hill and in Trump's White House are scurrying to try to discredit Ford's story the best they can.

Ford said she was able to escape Kavanaugh and his friend, whom she identified as Mark Judge. The letter described what she said was Kavanaugh's sudden and brutal assault on her at a high school party in "the early 1980s". Their fellow committee member Rhode Island Democratic Sen.

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., who sits on the judiciary committee, joined Democrats in saying the vote on Kavanaugh's nomination may have to be postponed. They both laughed as Kavanaugh tried to disrobe me in their highly inebriated state.

Nearly a quarter - 23% - didn't know whether the Senate should vote to confirm Kavanaugh, slightly fewer than "didn't know" about Thomas in July (pre-Hill accusations) - 31%.

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