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Trump Attacks Kavanaugh Accuser By Name Amid Negotiations For Hearing

22 September 2018

Mr Trump had previously avoided naming Dr Ford or openly casting doubt on her account.

Christine Blasey Ford says that Kavanaugh accosted her at a party when the two were attending neighboring Catholic high schools in the '80s, pinned her to a bed, groped her, and attempted to remove her clothes while holding his hand over her mouth to prevent her from screaming.

Republicans are furious over what they say was the deliberate timing of the last-minute revelation of Ford's allegation, accusing Democrats of seeking to prevent the process from finishing before the November midterm elections, when Democrats hope to recapture at least one chamber of Congress.

A former classmate of Christine Blasey Ford tells NPR that she does not know if an alleged sexual assault by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh took place as she first suggested on social media.

The accusation has jarred the 53-year-old conservative jurist's prospects for winning confirmation, which until Professor Ford's emergence last week had seemed all but certain.

With his comment, Trump went against the advice of advisers who had counselled him to stay out of the fray.

After initially saying through a lawyer on Monday that she was willing to appear, Ms Ford has since said she first wants a full FBI investigation of her accusation.

In fact, only 34 percent of attempted rapes and 26 percent of sexual assaults were reported to authorities between 1992 and 2000, according to the Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Statistics.

President Donald Trump has been increasingly vocal in his defense of Kavanaugh since a confidential letter that detailed assault allegations became public, but he has largely stayed away from publicly challenging the accuser's credibility - unlike his eldest son. If her attorneys can not come to a reasonable agreement, the Senate will vote on Monday to confirm Kavanaugh.

In another tweet, Trump, who was in Las Vegas for various events, wrote: "Judge Brett Kavanaugh is a fine man, with an impeccable reputation, who is under assault by radical left wing politicians who don't want to know the answers, they just want to destroy and delay". "She wishes to testify, provided that we can agree on terms that are fair and which ensure her safety".

Bozell, who describes herself as an independent, said she found the timing of the allegations suspicious and believed Kavanaugh was an "upstanding man" who was being "smeared" and that his family was being torn apart.

Debra Katz, one of Ford's attorneys, said in Thursday's email that she wanted to set up a call later that day to discuss conditions for Ford's testimony.

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"You watched the fight, you watched the tactics, but here is what I want to tell you - in the very near future, Judge Kavanaugh will be on the United States Supreme Court", McConnell told the Value Voters Summit, prompting a standing ovation.

"It's victim-shaming", a Senate Democratic aide said Friday. "You don't want her to be right, because it's a awful situation".

Reporters had assigned seating and were kept separated from the nominee, who was whisked to and from the room.

Grassley said he'd consented to several other Ford demands, including that she be provided security and that Kavanaugh not be in the hearing room when she testifies.

Ford initially appeared reluctant to follow through on her offer to testify.

You demanded that the number of rounds and minutes per round of questions be equal for all senators.

"Beyond the Senate, Republicans are bracing for the impact of Monday's scheduled hearing and the political consequences of an unpredictable and likely emotional session that could expand a Senate matter into a defining moment for the party, especially if Grassley or other Republican men aggressively question Ford about her personal life and the alleged assault".

Taylor Foy, spokesman for Republicans who control the committee, said in a written statement, "We are happy that Dr. Ford's attorneys are now engaging with the Committee".

Ford told the Washington Post that she didn't tell anyone about her alleged assault at the time, anxious that she might get in trouble for being at a party with underage drinking.

Her lawyers had a call with the committee and sent a follow-up email Thursday, CBS News confirms.

Senate Republicans agreed nearly immediately after Ford's name became public that her story should be heard.

Approval of Kavanaugh would cement conservative control of the Supreme Court and advance a White House effort to tilt the American judiciary farther right.

Trump Attacks Kavanaugh Accuser By Name Amid Negotiations For Hearing