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United defence for accused pick for Trump top job Brett Kavanaugh

22 September 2018

Dr. Ford has stated that she's willing to testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee if required, and while Republicans have cautiously said they want that to happen... they're also pressing to move forward with Kavanaugh's SCOTUS confirmation vote.

After Grassley rebuffed the request for an FBI investigation and President Donald Trump downplayed the notion, Ford's attorney Lisa Banks said on Wednesday that "the rush to a hearing is unnecessary, and contrary to the committee discovering the truth".

The US president previously toed the Republican Party line in standing by Judge Brett Kavanaugh while also insisting that the accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, be given a respectful, fair hearing.

Prof Ford has been given until Friday to decide if she will testify.

U.S. media report that the panel has now offered to hold the hearing next Wednesday.

If Senate Republicans push through the nomination, those surveyed predict significant political repercussions.

Any defections from the Republicans' narrow Senate majority could sink the nomination and deal a major setback to Trump, who has been appointing more conservatives to the high court and the broader federal judiciary.

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On Friday, Trump tweeted that if the incident was as "bad" as Ford says, then she or her parents should've contacted the police. "I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place", Trump tweeted.

Following the president's controversial comments, the hashtag #WhyIDidntReport began trending on Twitter, with thousands sharing personal stories of sexual harassment and assault.

The other women who spoke at the event described Kavanaugh as a family man who coaches a girls' basketball team, tutors children, goes to neighborhood barbeques and attends church.

"I think we all can agree that @DonaldJTrumpJr is an uncaring, narrow-minded idiot", Walsh wrote on Twitter. "They've delayed it a week already".

Thirty three protesters were arrested outside of Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles E. Grassley's office in the Hart Senate Office Building Thursday afternoon. He has told advisers that he is skeptical of Ford's account and the timing of the allegation, these advisers said.

She told a senior Democratic lawmaker of her allegation in a confidential letter this summer and only consented to be named after it was leaked.

Both have called on Judge Kavanaugh and Prof Ford to testify under oath.

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He went on to say that the committee "routinely" protects sensitive, personal information - in closed sessions, for instance.

Ford says she will not testify until a full FBI investigation has taken place, but Senate Republicans insist she testify, either publicly or privately, on Monday.

Ford's lawyer Debra Katz told the committee testifying on Monday was not possible.

The summit's emcee, Gil Mertz of the Family Research Council, questioned Democrats' intentions by comparing the allegation against Kavanaugh to the accusations of physical abuse against Democratic National Committee Deputy Chair Keith Ellison, who is running for attorney general in Minnesota.

It is also not traditional for the accused to testify first and not have an opportunity for rebuttal. Most significantly, 40 percent say they don't know whether to believe the allegations against him.

You demanded that the Committee issue subpoenas for the testimony of Mark Judge and other unidentified witnesses.

Michele Bachmann, a former Minnesota congresswoman and 2012 Republican presidential candidate, said the 36-year-old allegations against Kavanaugh had "come out of nowhere and I think the Senate has bent over backwards to take this woman's allegations seriously and to give her a hearing".

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Through her lawyers, Ford said she wouldn't speak to the committee until the FBI investigates the incident, which allegedly occurred while Ford and Kavanaugh were in high school.

United defence for accused pick for Trump top job Brett Kavanaugh