Hits New Low, Mocks Kavanaugh Accuser In Instagram Post

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Kavanaugh came to the White House amid the upheaval, but there was no immediate word on why or whether he had been summoned.

In July, Ford reached out to her congresswoman, Rep. Anna Eshoo, and Sen.

"I thought he might inadvertently kill me", Ford told the Washington Post.

Trump's top female aide said on Monday that Ford's claims should be given a hearing.

"This is a completely false allegation", Kavanaugh said in a statement Monday morning.

Both Kavanaugh and Judge have both vehemently denied Ford's allegations, which could derail Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination.

While his friend watched, she said, Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed on her back and groped her over her clothes, grinding his body against hers and clumsily attempting to pull off her one-piece bathing suit and the clothing she wore over it. He would have been around 17.

She first contacted Democratic lawmakers about her experience several weeks ago, but asked to remain anonymous, saying the 1982 incident, when she and Kavanaugh both attended private schools in suburban Washington, had been a source of lasting trauma. Hatch, who emerged as one of the panel's most aggressive interrogators, later dug up a 1988 decision by a federal appeals court in Tulsa, citing an obscene photograph of a character by that name. And in an unusually personal swipe, Schumer said McConnell was showing "unmitigated gall" to oppose delaying Kavanaugh's nomination after refusing for most of 2016 to consider President Barack Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland to the court after Antonin Scalia died. If the vote comes down to a tie, Vice President Mike Pence would vote to break the deadlock. Meanwhile, Kavanaugh has agreed to testify.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who also serves on the Judiciary Committee, released a statement late Monday afternoon. Nevertheless, some Republicans, including crucial swing vote Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, tweeted that she believed both Kavanaugh and Ford should testify under oath before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

When Anita Hill accused then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment in 1991, there were four women in the Senate and none on the Senate judiciary committee.

"If it takes a little delay it'll take a little delay", Mr. Trump said - though he added it "shouldn't be much delay".

However, Trump predicted that the judge's nomination will "work out very well". The FBI have said it will not be investigating the matter. It didn't bother Kavanaugh's conservative supporters, and it certainly didn't bother Trump, the biggest, baddest liar in the land.

Kavanaugh, 53, whose confirmation had seemed to be on a smooth trajectory, went to the White House today. She should not be ignored. The senator wants the allegations to be heard promptly, she said.

"More to the point, I never saw Brett act in the manner Dr. Ford describes", his letter said.

But Conway said such testimony "should not unduly delay the vote".

Either way, Trump's own history could be drawn into the discussion. "This woman will be heard".

Kavanaugh had issued a similar statement on Friday, before the identity of his accuser was made public. The restraint was clearly created to appeal to Collins and Murkowski - or at least, to avoid angering them. Perhaps that will force an end to such tactics, or at least some discussion over the ethics of airing unsubstantiated allegations of conduct as minors about people who have long records of public service as adults.

Democrats say Sen. Chuck Grassley, the committee chairman, is rushing the confirmation process and are calling on the FBI to reopen Kavanaugh's background investigation. The president said he was "totally supporting" Kavanaugh and rejected calls for the FBI to investigate the accusation.

Trump won 41 percent of votes cast by women nationally in 2016 - despite the "Access Hollywood" tape, his habit of criticizing women's looks and the fact that his opponent, Democrat Hillary Clinton, is a woman.

"I am deeply troubled by these allegations".

Republicans hold a razor-thin 51-49 majority in the Senate.

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