Grassley refuses to delay Kavanaugh hearing, won't back FBI investigation

Republicans are warning that time is running out for Brett Kavanaugh's accuser to tell Congress about her claim he sexually assaulted her when both were teenagers even as President Donald Trump called the woman's allegation hard to believe in

GOP senators ready to vote if Brett Kavanaugh's accuser doesn't testify Monday

"She is now being given an opportunity to come before the Senate Judiciary Committee to answer questions and I really hope that she doesn't pass up that opportunity".

Instead she has sought to have the FBI investigate the incident as part of its official background check on the nominee. She accused Kavanaugh of attacking her and trying to remove her clothing while he was drunk at a party when he was 17 years old and she was 15.

"I understand that this is highly inconvenient to the Republicans' agenda right now, but what Christine has done - she wasn't a part of any of the decisions of how the information she put forward was handled", she said.

Ford's accusation has caused a delay in the committee's vote on whether to recommend Kavanaugh, whose nomination would then need to be approved by the full Senate.

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. They say she can testify in a private session if she wishes.

Kavanaugh has denied the allegations against him, while Ford has stated through her attorney Debra Katz that she is willing to testify publicly before the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding her allegations.

"In recognition of how hard it can be to discuss allegations of this kind in public, I have also offered her the choice of testifying in either a public or closed session of the hearing", he wrote.

"I think we all know when a situation is stacked", Sen. "We've all made clear this is her chance". Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, told CNN on Wednesday.

A classmate of Christine Blasey Ford previously wrote the sexual assault Ford has accused Brett Kavanaugh of committing was common knowledge at their school, but she is now saying she has "no idea" whether it occurred. Holton Arms is the Maryland all-girls school that Christine Blasey Ford attended in the early 1980s. Kavanaugh has been through six similar background checks already in his career. Dianne Feinstein, the committee's top Democrat. Thomas denied Hill's account and was confirmed to the Supreme Court.

"And we're not going to cancel any hearing until the last minute".

Brett Kavanaugh Assault Accuser Christine Blasey Ford Requests Judiciary Hearing Delay
Professor Blasey Ford says Mr Kavanaugh pinned her on a bed and tried taking off her clothes during the high school party. A Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday showed a growing number of Americans opposing Kavanaugh's nomination.

Speaking at the same event, Sen.

The email said Ford's "strong preference" remains that the committee permit a thorough investigation of her claim before she appears.

"I have never done anything like what the accuser describes - to her or to anyone", Kavanaugh said on Monday.

An FBI investigation "should be the first step in addressing the allegations", the lawyers wrote.

"What about other witnesses like Kavanaugh's friend Mark Judge?". Is that the reaction of an innocent person?

Ford claims Kavanaugh assaulted her at a party when they were in high school. Negotiations are ongoing for a possible public hearing next week with Kavanaugh and Ford. She has said she believes Ford.

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Judge says he won't appear before the committee. "I don't have an attorney general", Trump said in the Oval Office. Was not ready for that, not sure I am interested in pursuing. "Nothing the Federal Bureau of Investigation or any other investigator does would have any bearing on what Dr Ford tells the committee, so there is no reason for delay".

After coming forward on Sunday against Kavanaugh, Ford indicated through her attorney on Monday that she would be willing to testify before Congress.

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