Trump says 'hard to imagine' Kavanaugh guilty of allegation

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"There must be an agreement on witnesses and the FBI should be given time to reopen its background check investigation into Judge Kavanaugh, to speak to any potential witnesses or other relevant individuals, and update its analysis", Schumer (D-N.Y.) said in a floor speech Tuesday. She can say whatever she wants, make certain that experts are heard and even recount the much more extensive investigative efforts undertaken when Hill stepped forward.

She has accused Kavanaugh of attacking her and trying to remove her clothing while he was drunk at a suburban Maryland party in 1982 when they were both high school students, allegations Kavanaugh has called "completely false". "I think it'd also be helpful to have the eyewitness that doctor spoke about available as well", he said, presumably referring to Kavanaugh's high school friend Mark Judge, who Ford, according to the Washington Post, says was in the room during the alleged assault.

In a letter to the committee's chairman, Republican Senator Chuck Grassley, Ford's attorneys said an FBI investigation needed to come first.

"I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!"

Ford's attorney Lisa Banks said Tuesday on CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360" following the release of Ford's letter that Ford will talk with the committee but that she's not prepared for a hearing that soon. "We want to hear both sides", President Trump said.

"Monday is her opportunity", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), said, referring to Christine Blasley Ford.

Republicans on the Judiciary Committee scheduled a hearing Monday to hear testimony from both Kavanaugh and Ford.

Republicans say Ford will have one chance to testify, and one chance only.

Democrats decried Republicans' plans to push ahead with the hearing without seeking a full FBI investigation. Democrats faced criticism for being timid in her defence. "But I don't think you can delay it any longer".

In light of the accusation, Voigt said, the Senate Judiciary Committee should have pushed to replace Kavanaugh with a new nominee.

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President Trump issued his most forceful defense yet of his embattled Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh on Tuesday.

Ford, a California psychology professor, told The Washington Post Kavanaugh groped her at a suburban Washington house party when she was 15 and he was 17.

Earlier on Tuesday, Senator Lindsey Graham, one of the committee's Republicans, said the panel would vote on the nomination next week whether or not Ford testified.

"I feel so badly for him that he's going through this, to be honest with you, I feel so badly for him", said Trump, who has himself faced numerous accusations of sexual harassment that he's denied.

"Senate Republicans are still not taking these allegations seriously", said Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) have demanded that the hearing be postponed until an FBI investigation can be completed, the Department of Justice has stated that the FBI does not have jurisdiction in this matter.

"Everything could be considered now", Grassley said after Hewitt suggested tapping former Republican senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire to question Ford.

Only the White House can order the FBI to get involved, since Ford is not accusing Kavanaugh of a federal crime.

"What would be the goal of the hearing if Dr. Ford doesn't respond?" he told Hewitt.

Anita Hill came forward in 1991 to say that then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas sexually harassed her. Hill has said in an ABC interview that "Absolutely it's the right move [to conduct an FBI investigation]" because the hearing questions "need to have a frame, and the investigation is the best frame for that." Sen.

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