Brett Kavanaugh: Donald Trump doubts sex assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee

The Politicization of the Kavanaugh Sexual Abuse Allegations Damages #MeToo

Kavanaugh accuser wants FBI investigation before testifying

In a letter addressed to Chuck Grassley, the committee chairman, seen by the Guardian, Mrs Ford's lawyers claim "a full investigation by law enforcement officials will ensure that the crucial facts and witnesses in this matter are assessed in a non-partisan manner, and that the Committee is fully informed before conducting any hearing or making any decisions".

One other witness the Democrats want to hear from is Mr Kavanaugh's high school friend Mark Judge, who Professor Blasey Ford said was in the room when she was assaulted.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said Wednesday that he doesn't doubt Christine Blasey Ford believes she was assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in high school, but he dismissed demands for an FBI investigation into the matter.

Kavanaugh has denied the allegations.

Ford was maintaining her anonymity at the time the posting went up on Saturday, and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray saying Thursday that Republicans should be "ashamed" for pushing forward without a fair investigation.

The media took Miranda's claim seriously, as evidence that the alleged sexual assault took place.

Democrats push back that Republicans are trying to pressure Ford into an artificial timeline for purely political purposes, thereby robbing her of the necessary time to process what has happened to her.

The No. 2 Senate Republican leader, John Cornyn of Texas, noted that Ford has admitted she doesn't remember some details of the incident. "I sincerely hope that Dr Ford will accept my invitation to do so, either privately or publicly, on Monday".

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Trump's oldest son posted a fake "sexual assault letter found by Dems", written in crayon, that says, "Hi Cindy, Will you be my girlfriend?" Now Republicans who pushed for Ford to get a chance to testify have hinted their patience has limits. Around 100 people marched to Grassley's office for a sit-in, some with fists raised.

Grassley noted he had offered Ford several venues for her testimony, including a public or private setting, or an option for her to speak to his staffers in California, where she lives, according to committee spokesman Garrett Ventry. 64% of Republican respondents supported Kavanaugh's nomination. "Very hard for me to imagine that anything happened".

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"We are looking to get this done as quickly as possible", Trump said, "I don't think the Federal Bureau of Investigation should be involved because they don't want to be involved".

But the president said he wanted the Senate to go ahead with the nominee confirmation process. Ford's letter to Feinstein had claimed that Kavanaugh had pushed her into a bedroom, attempted to disrobe her, and forcibly covered her mouth when she tried to scream. Republicans hope to have Kavanaugh confirmed by October 1, the start of the next Supreme Court term.

A substantial delay could push confirmation past the November elections - when Democrats have a shot at winning Senate control - plus allow more time for unforeseen problems to pop up.

The public accusation led Grassley on Monday to announce that the committee would convene next Monday to give both Kavanaugh and Ford the opportunity to publicly testify, as both had indicated a willingness to do so.

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