Trump defends Kavanaugh after sexual assault allegation

Trump defends Kavanaugh after sexual assault allegation

Trump defends Kavanaugh after sexual assault allegation

John Cornyn, the second-ranking Republican in the Senate, called Monday for "bipartisan participation" in addressing sexual assault allegations against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh that have thrown the prospects of his pending confirmation vote into chaos.

Trump's comments marked his first public response after The Washington Post reported Sunday on Christine Blasey Ford's accusation against Kavanaugh. A spokesman said the five-term congressman "believes the committee and full Senate should thoroughly evaluate the claims and Judge Kavanaugh should address them". We need to do right by Dr. Ford, Judge Kavanaugh, and the American people. Sens. Jeff Flake of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of SC, both members of the Judiciary Committee, said they wanted to hear what Ford has to say before making a decision on confirming Kavanaugh. The FBI have said they will not be investigating the matter. She said he pinned her on a bed, tried to undress her and clamped his hand over her mouth when she tried to scream, and she escaped only when a friend of his jumped on the bed and knocked them all over.

In a new statement released Monday morning, Kavanaugh forcefully refuted Ford's allegations. Republican lawmakers would not welcome it.

Kavanaugh was scheduled to speak by phone with Republican staff on the Senate Judiciary Committee late Monday.

In a press call Monday afternoon, leaders from several progressive organizations said the allegation against Kavanaugh should force his withdrawal. In the Senate, the Democrats would have to gain two seats.

"For me, we can't vote until we hear more", said Flake, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Mr Schumer told ABC's The View: "Trying to rush this through on Thursday is an insult to the women of America and an insult to the majesty of the Supreme Court of the United States". "It will, I'm sure, work out very well". "Never had even a little blemish on his record". He is an outstanding intellect and outstanding judge respected by everybody. But he said the confirmation remained on track: "We want to go through a process. We want to make sure everything is flawless, everything is just right".

He added that a planned vote on Mr Kavanaugh's nomination should be put on hold while the investigation takes place.

"I've been friends with Brett Kavanaugh for over 35 years, and dated him during high school", said Maura Kane, another woman Kavanaugh dated.

All eyes were on potential defections by Republicans, whose narrow Senate majority affords them little margin for error.

This story has been corrected to show the party breakdown on the Senate Judiciary Committee is 11-10 in favour of Republicans, not 12-11 in favour of Republicans. Bob Corker of Tennessee, said the vote should be postponed until the committee heard from Ford.

There was enormous pressure on GOP Sens.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, who is not on the committee but is a key undecided vote on Kavanaugh's nomination, told CNN a delay may be necessary.

By going public with her allegation against Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh, law professor Christine Blasey Ford has ignited a fiery public debate that may ultimately delay the confirmation process.

Dr Ford's attorney general Debra S Katz said her client considered the incident to be an attempted rape.

"I thought he might inadvertently kill me", said Ford, 51, a clinical psychology professor at Palo Alto University in California.

While she initially sought to keep her allegation confidential, Ford said she opted to go public once the allegation emerged in the public eye and reporters began pursuing her.

Conway added, however, that other parts of Kavanaugh's vetting had led her to think of him as a "man of character and integrity".

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