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Female friends defend Kavanaugh against sexual assault allegation

22 September 2018

"I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says", Trump wrote, "charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents". "I think they could do it swiftly, effectively and report back within days".

Gumeson, a Republican, said that times have changed, and she's glad, but that she didn't believe people should try to apply today's standards retroactively.

The mostly female demonstrators wore pins reading: "I believe Christine Blasey Ford".

"I've had at least two women call my radio show and tell their stories of sexual abuse, [and] they're very offended by this story", Rios said. She reportedly mentioned the alleged attack to no one until years later, in counseling. But advocates and lawyers say Trump's tweets ignore the reasons many victims do not report sexual assault right away - or even come forward at all. "Why didn't someone call the Federal Bureau of Investigation 36 years ago?"

Trump and the White House had been careful not to malign Ford after her allegations surfaced, but Trump dropped the restraint in his tweets on Friday. But Bozell also said that Ford's "interpretation might be a lot different than what happened".

He said Kavanaugh's accuser should "have her say and let's see how it all works out, but I don't think you can delay it any longer".

US President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, is under scrutiny after an accusation of rape during his high school years.

"We know allegations of sexual assault are one of the most unreported crimes that exist", Collins said, according to the Portland Press Herald.

"Her strong preference continues to be for the Senate Judiciary Committee to allow for a full investigation prior to her testimony", the letter said.

The Judiciary Committee also released the text of the previous offer, originally made with 5 p.m. deadline, that was put to Ford's lawyers after they failed to meet the 10 a.m. deadline for the Monday hearing.

"TAKE THE VOTE!" Trump tweeted, blaming "radical left wing politicians" for the controversy.

Ford's lawyers told the committee she refuses to appear at a hearing scheduled for Monday, where the accused nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, wants to give his side of the story. In a letter of his own, Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley declined to postpone, arguing that it was the responsibility of the committee, not the FBI, to investigate the allegation, and that hearing her testimony was a crucial step in that process that should not be delayed.

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That means the Senate hearings, and the chance to hear Kavanaugh and Ford speak, could have a huge impact on public opinion.

Republicans are considering bringing in an outside counsel, possibly a woman, to question Ford.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, left, accompanied by Sen.

"You're raising legitimate questions that are still on our mind", Grassley said, "and so these details are still being worked out".

Now, Ford's willingness to negotiate to appear later next week sets up the most dramatic and politically significant she-said-he-said since Anita Hill testified at the reopened Senate hearings on Justice Clarence Thomas' nomination to the court.

But what the president seems to ignore is the tragic fact that the overwhelming majority of sexual assaults go unreported. "We know this is going to happen again, because it's happening everywhere", he says.

Professor Ford has asked the committee to subpoena Mark Judge, who she said was in the room at the time of the alleged incident. Kavanaugh has denied the allegations.

Kavanaugh was headed toward confirmation to the Supreme Court until Ford identified herself to The Washington Post, alleging that he steered her into a bedroom and tried to undress her when both were teenagers in suburban Maryland in the 1980s.

Shortly after Trump's tweet, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, expressed his determination to get Kavanaugh confirmed. You've watched the fight.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh arrives on the first day of his confirmation hearing in front of the Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington, on September 4, 2018.

Trump also came to the defense of Fox News giants Bill O'Reilly and Roger Ailes, both of whom eventually lost their careers over the allegations against them. It would be a major accomplishment, showing conservatives and Christian evangelicals why they supported Trump for president in the first place.

Female friends defend Kavanaugh against sexual assault allegation