Accuser’s story of attack roils plan for Kavanaugh vote

Accuser’s story of attack roils plan for Kavanaugh vote

The woman who's accused US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her while in high school may be "mixed up" about the alleged incident, US Sen.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, who is not on the committee but is a key undecided vote on Kavanaugh's nomination, told CNN a delay may be necessary.

Without saying whether or not she would support a delay, Republican Susan Collins tweeted on Monday: "Professor Ford and Judge Kavanaugh should both testify under oath before the Judiciary Committee". "I did not do this back in high school or at any time", his statement said.

The move would delay a planned vote in the Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

Lawmakers from both sides of the USA political divide have called for a delay in the vote on the nominee for the powerful Supreme Court.

Before the allegations against Kavanaugh became public, Blunt touted Kavanaugh's personal background in a speech on the Senate floor earlier this month and criticized Democratic efforts to slow his nomination. Ford said Kavanaugh and his friend, Mark Judge, were "stumbling drunk" when they got her in a room.

Both Prof Ford and Mr Kavanaugh said on Monday they would be willing to appear.

Thomas, the second African-American nominated to the Supreme Court, denied the allegations and said he was the victim of "a high-tech lynching for uppity blacks who in any way deign to think for themselves".

"Unfortunately, committee Republicans have only known this person's identity from news reports for less than 24 hours and known about her allegations for less than a week", Grassley said. Kavanaugh repeated his previous denial that such an incident ever took place. The idea that she might speak to the Senate Judiciary Committee - and Monday evening's news that she and Kavanaugh are scheduled to do so on September 24 - inevitably called to mind a moment from more than 25 years ago.

Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) told reporters Monday that both parties should expect an invitation to speak to the committee in a public forum next Monday.

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According to multiple sources, Kavanaugh has hired Beth Wilkinson, of the law firm Wilkinson Walsh and Eskovitz, to be his attorney.

The Post said Ford originally contacted her representative in the House, California Democratic Rep. Anna Eshoo, whose office sent her letter to Feinstein.

Specifically, Drudge promoted an article at Grabien News claiming to show that Ford got poor ratings from her students, some of whom purportedly described her as having a "dark personality" on the Rate My Professors website.

Still, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said of Ford: "She should not be insulted". Then, the week before the committee was set to vote to advance Kavanaugh to the full Senate for confirmation, Feinstein announced she has referred the letter to the FBI for a criminal investigation against Kavanaugh.

The allegation first came to light late last week in the form of a letter that has been in the possession of Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, for some time.

"Because this never happened, I had no idea who was making this accusation until she identified herself yesterday".

Kavanaugh has denied the allegation, and both have said they would testify before Congress. Corker, however, does not sit on the panel.

Two committee Republicans - all on the GOP side are men - Jeff Flake of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of SC, said they wanted to hear more from Ford.

One supporter of Kavanaugh also pushed back on some reporting that the White House or Republicans would deploy any aggressive attack, calling it "infuriating".

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