Woman accusing Kavanaugh of assault wants FBI investigation

Charlene Craig
September 19, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that the Federal Bureau of Investigation should not investigate a California professor's allegations of sexual assault against Trump's pick for U.S. Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, adding that he wants his nominee confirmed quickly.

"We are doing everything that we can to make Dr. Ford comfortable to coming before the committee in an open session or a closed session, or a public or a private interviews", he told reporters. "The hearing questions need to have a frame and the investigation is the best frame for that - a neutral investigation, that can pull together the facts, create a record, so that the senators can draw on the information they receive to develop their question".

The good news is that Ford is also receiving an outpouring of public support. In just 15 hours, the campaign has brought in more than $68,000 from 2,125 people. "If she shows up and makes a credible showing", Trump said, referring to Ford, "that'll be very interesting, and we'll have to make a decision". "If she doesn't show up, that would be unfortunate", he said. "I expect all of the enlightened men in our country, cause there must be millions of men out there who are enlightened who also will rise up to say we can not continue the victimization and the smearing of someone like Dr. Ford", Hirono said.

The Senate's No. 2 Republican, John Cornyn of Texas, raised doubts about Ford's account of the alleged three-decade-old incident, saying, "The problem is Dr. Ford can't remember when it was, where it was, or how it came to be".

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On Tuesday, Ford's lawyers sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is handling Kavanaugh's confirmation, insisting that the FBI investigate her charge before she testifies to the committee.

Republicans, he says, feel that this is in their grasp and they do not want to do anything to cause things to go off the rails.

Mr Trump answered questions about Mr Kavanaugh, whose nomination is now in jeopardy in the Senate, as he left the White House to visit hurricane-stricken areas in North and SC.

One witness the Democrats want to hear from is Kavanaugh's high school friend Mark Judge, who Ford said was in the room when she was assaulted. "They did not raise it in the thousand-plus follow-up questions that senators sent to Judge Kavanaugh in writing". Or do they relent to a fuller, slower investigation that could imperil Kavanaugh's nomination and their chance to replace a Supreme Court justice at all? There is a hearing scheduled for Monday although Ford has asked the FBI to investigate Kavanaugh before she testifies.

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The confirmation fight comes just weeks before November congressional elections in which Democrats seek to win control of Congress from Mr Trump's fellow Republicans.

Democrats have comported themselves horribly during the Kavanaugh hearings, but no one has been more irresponsible than Warren.

Almost 600 women who attended the school have written a letter of support for Ford, published on Tuesday.

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