Trump questions claim against Kavanaugh

Sexual misconduct allegation against U.S. Supreme Court nominee echoes case raised against Roy Moore

Kavanaugh's glide to approval was interrupted last weekend when word of Ford's allegation became public, but GOP senators are showing no signs of slowing their drive to confirm him as quickly as possible. Investigators might ask her peers at the time about her sex life, use of alcohol and other personal details, he said.

The Judiciary Committee has invited both Ford and Kavanaugh to testify on Monday, though Ford's attendance is uncertain.

Lawyers for Christine Blasey Ford say that before she testifies on Capitol Hill next week she wants the FBI to investigate her allegation that she was sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Republicans control the Senate by only a narrow margin, meaning any defections could sink the nomination and deal a major setback to Trump, who has been engaged in a so-far successful effort since becoming president past year to move the Supreme Court and broader federal judiciary to the right.

Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa says an FBI investigation isn't needed.

Grassley also said that while Dr. Ford has refused to testify in front of the committee as requested, he is willing to make any accommodations necessary to hear her story.

Banks, in a statement to CNN later Wednesday, said, "The rush to a hearing is unnecessary, and contrary to the committee discovering the truth".

The risks of a public hearing starring the all-male lineup of Republicans on the committee could be high.

Ford's allegation has jeopardized Kavanaugh's nomination to the lifetime post on the Supreme Court, which previously was on track toward confirmation.

Leaving the White House to survey flood damage in North Carolina from Hurricane Florence, Trump conceded that "we'll have to make a decision" if Ford's account proves convincing. "Very hard for me to imagine that anything happened".

"If she shows up, that would be wonderful".

If there was any doubt that Trump did not completely loathe Jeff Sessions as his attorney general, the president made it clear in a recent interview with Hill.TV.

Ford has alleged that while she and Kavanaugh were at a house party in the early 1980s, when the two were in high school, Kavanaugh drunkenly pinned her to a bed, groped her and put his hand over her mouth to stifle her screams as he attempted to take her clothes off. "I sincerely hope that Dr Ford will accept my invitation to do so, either privately or publicly, on Monday", Grassley said. Grassley said he was disturbed to learn of the threats. A substantial delay could push confirmation past the November elections, when Democrats have a shot at winning Senate control, plus allow more time for unforeseen problems to pop up.

The scandal, erupting just before the Senate Judiciary Committee had been due to vote on Kavanaugh, ignited an uproar fueled by the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment.

Only 31 percent of USA adults polled said they were in favor of Kavanaugh's appointment.

Democrats have said the White House can order a more detailed FBI investigation, as occurred during the 1991 confirmation process for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas after he was accused of sexual harassment. Republicans have said the Federal Bureau of Investigation would be doing nothing more than what committee staffers could achieve by interviewing Kavanaugh and Ford.

As for now, Hawley supports Kavanaugh nomination. Bredesen, the state's former governor, is running as a centrist against Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn for a seat being vacated by Republican Bob Corker. The university's president called Ford's decision to come forward courageous.

"Otherwise, there are these very serious allegations hanging over the head of a nominee who has emphatically denied them", she said on WVOM radio in Bangor.

Stabenow says in this case, there was allegedly another person in the room where Ford says the assault happened.

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