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Kavanaugh accuser wants FBI investigation before testifying

20 September, 2018, 11:41 | Author: Lucille Rivera
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The senator said the "issue ads" are flooding airwaves "to directly influence election outcomes, drowning the concept of individuals having the strongest voice in our democracy", and expressed concern that Kavanaugh has said there should be no restrictions on the ads. "I really would want to see what she has to say". The committee has also offered to send a team to Ford to make her feel more comfortable instead of coming to Washington. "The invitation for Monday (Sept. 24) still stands".

The lawyers said in a letter that Ford wants to cooperate with the panel.

On Wednesday, Grassley released a statement saying, "Nothing the FBI [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 any further delay".

"Her email has been hacked, and she has been impersonated online", Katz and Banks said in their letter.

Kavanaugh was at the White House for a second straight day on Tuesday, but again did not meet with Trump.

Ford values clear professional boundaries and isn't one to share personal struggles with coworkers, the former colleagues said.

Democrats, already opposed to Kavanaugh, have sought an FBI investigation, a request Republicans rebuffed.

U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee members had been scheduled to vote on Thursday on the federal judge's nomination to the Supreme Court, but that changed after allegations from Christine Blasey Ford that Kavanaugh tried to sexually assault her while they were high school students. The New York Times writes, that Ms. Ford believes " an investigation should be "the first step" before she is put "on national television to relive this traumatic and harrowing incident.'" Mark Judge, Kavanaugh's classmate at the time of the alleged assault, told The New York Times, "I never saw anything like what was described".

Judge has said he has no recollection of an assault
Judge has said he has no recollection of an assault

She says he pinned her to a bed and clamped his hand over her mouth when she attempted to scream.

President Trump has been increasingly vocal in his defense of Kavanaugh since a confidential letter that detailed assault allegations became public, but has largely stayed away from publicly challenging the accuser's credibility - unlike his eldest son.

He called the allegation against Judge Kavanaugh "a drive-by shooting".

"She, Dr. Ford, decided, perhaps reluctantly, that she wanted the world to know information about his qualifications for the court", he said.

"Judge Kavanaugh is one of the finest people I have ever known", Mr Trump told reporters from the Oval Office. At this time, no Senate Democrats have publicly announced that they will vote to confirm Trump's nominee, though five remain undecided. McCaskill said she did not base her decision on the allegations, which she said were "troubling and deserve a thorough and fair examination by the Senate Judiciary Committee".

"Monday is her opportunity", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said yesterday, a line that was echoed by other Republicans throughout the day.

"She is prepared to cooperate with the committee and with any law enforcement investigation", she added.

Wednesday's rule, after the GOP gave Ford a chance to be heard: Christine Blasey Ford must not participate in this sham.

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