White House opens door to new hearings with Kavanaugh, accuser

White House opens door to new hearings with Kavanaugh, accuser

Kavanaugh has denied the allegations and said he's willing to talk to the Senate Judiciary Committee in any way about the reports. She said President George H.W. Bush had asked the FBI to investigate Anita Hill's allegations against Thomas.

Katz described Ford's recollection of the incident in stark terms, going as far as saying her client considered it an attempted rape.

Her lawyer said Monday that she would be willing to testify.

President Donald Trump on Monday appeared open to delaying the confirmation vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who is accused of sexual assault dating back to his time in high school in the early 1980s.

"This has not changed", said White House spokesman Kerri Kupec on Monday.

Trump nominated Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. She said Kavanaugh's friend, Mark Judge, jumped on top of them, sending them tumbling, and she was able to escape, the newspaper reported.

Ford's accusation has significantly complicated his nomination, which must be approved first by the Judiciary Committee and then by the full chamber, which is narrowly controlled by Trump's fellow Republicans.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of SC, also a Judiciary Committee member, said that if Ford wants to provide information to the committee, "I would gladly listen to what she has to say".

"I'm glad that chairman Grassley is following standard practice and regular order", McConnell said, referring to the chairman's plan to conduct "by the book with bipartisan interviews" of Kavanaugh and his accuser. Feinstein acknowledged her knowledge of the accusation last week, but kept Ford's identity private until the Sunday Post article. Sen.

"I wish the Democrats could have done this a lot sooner because they had this information for many months, and they shouldn't have waited till literally the last days, they should have done it a lot sooner, but with all of that being said we want to go through the process".

"The Minority withheld even the anonymous allegations for six weeks, only to later decide that they were serious enough to investigate on the eve of the committee vote, after the vetting process had been completed", he added. The newspaper quoted Ford's detailed description of the incident, and said it also viewed notes from a 2013 therapy session in which she had called it a "rape attempt".

"This is not a politically motivated action", Katz said.

Feinstein and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY were among a number of Democrats who demanded a delay in the Senate Judiciary vote to hear from Ford, including all 10 Democrats on the committee.

The differing approaches to Ms. Ford's allegations signal the level of turmoil within the GOP, which is trying to figure out how to handle the political grenade that's exploded amid what had already been a rocky push toward confirmation.

Kavanaugh's statement came shortly after Ford said through her attorney that she would be willing to speak with Congress to tell her side of the story.

"I have never done anything like what the accuser describes - to her or to anyone", Kavanaugh said in a statement released by the White House in response to the accusation made by a California college professor. Dianne Feinstein, has refused.

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. However, Conway said any new testimony "should not unduly delay the vote". The White House has also sought to cast doubt about Ford's allegation by noting that the FBI has repeatedly investigated Kavanaugh since the 1990s for highly sensitive positions he has held, including in the office of independent counsel Ken Starr, at the White House and his current post on the federal appeals court in Washington.



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