Female friends defend Kavanaugh against sexual assault allegation

Trump Defends Supreme Court Nominee as Accuser Faces Deadline

President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nomination Brett Kavanaugh found himself at the focus of an increasing scandal this week as sexual allegations from his high school days have hit the headlines, adding what some will see as yet just another flaw to the history of the controversial nominee.

Susan Collins, R-Maine, said on Wednesday that she thinks the committee must look into the allegations by Christine Blasey Ford, who says Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her three decades ago.

Ford's lawyers told the committee she refuses to appear on Monday, calling the date set by Republicans "arbitrary", according to multiple U.S. news reports.

"I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents", Trump said.

Until Friday, Mr Trump had held back and followed the Republican party line of standing by the judge while insisting Dr Ford be given a respectful, fair hearing.

"The most powerful man in the world just used his position and platform to attack a sexual assault survivor", she said on Twitter. He did not say how long he would wait for Ford "to decide if she wants to proceed".

Kavanaugh denies ever assaulting Ford, or anyone else.

The remark drew fury online, including accusations that Trump was "victim shaming" Ford.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (Republican-Iowa) speaks during a Senate Judiciary Committee markup meeting on Capitol Hill, on September 13, 2018, in Washington.

"I thought that the president's tweet was completely inappropriate and wrong".

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Katz said her client has gotten death threats, and Ford and her family have been forced from their California home. She wants both to testify under oath and said it would be "very helpful in making my assessment" on how to vote.

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A screenshot of CNN's headline on President Trump's "respectful handling" of Brett Kavanaugh's accuser, Christine Blasey Ford . Why did you make that decision? "I really would want to see what she has to say", Mr Trump said Wednesday.

Her office released an audio recording to Politico in which she said: "I was appalled by the president's tweet". The Judiciary Committee reportedly also has volunteered to send investigators to Palo Alto, Calif., where Ford lives, to talk with her there outside the view of TV cameras.

"The imposition of aggressive and artificial deadlines regarding the date and conditions of any hearing has created tremendous and unwarranted anxiety and stress on Dr. Ford", Katz said.

Sarah Fagen, a former colleague of Kavanaugh's from the George W. Bush administration, asserted the women felt compelled to stand with the nominee because the allegation presented does not fit with what they've come to know about his conscience and character.

Ed Whelan, a former clerk to the late Justice Antonin Scalia and president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, pointed to floor plans, online photos, and other information to suggest a location for the house party in suburban Maryland that Ford described. Trump could order a Federal Bureau of Investigation probe, but has rejected the idea.

"She has been the target of vicious harassment and even death threats".

Fitzgerald has emerged as one of Kavanaugh's fiercest defenders, appearing on television shortly after the allegation first emerged to attest to the nominee's good standing as a friend and family man.

They specifically criticized Republicans for rushing the process and accused some GOP senators of making up their minds before hearing Blasey Ford out.

The stakes could not be higher this November for both parties, but for Republicans, Kavanaugh's confirmation is a key concern among conservative voters.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, speaking at a gathering of evangelical voters in Washington, assured them Kavanaugh would be confirmed.

"If the White House were to ask the FBI to reopen its file and go conduct the investigation, the FBI could do that", he said.

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