'Hard to imagine' Brett Kavanaugh attacked Christine Blasey Ford

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The development came after President Donald Trump showered sympathy on his embattled nominee and as Senate Republicans and Democrats fought determinedly over who should testify at a high-stakes hearing on the allegation just six weeks before major congressional elections.

Hill, now a professor at Brandeis University, told ABC News that senators should halt the Kavanaugh hearing to avoid a "sham" proceeding and the FBI should investigate Ford's allegations.

Officials have said the Federal Bureau of Investigation is not looking into the matter.

Grassley declined Tuesday night to delay the hearing. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) to testify Monday. Ford's lawyers also asked that an FBI investigation take place before she testifies.

Grassley's decision echoed the sentiment of Sen.

"I am willing to talk to the Senate Judiciary Committee in any way the Committee deems appropriate to refute this false allegation, from 36 years ago, and defend my integrity".

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

"The responsibility falls to us", Hatch tweeted.

On Monday, Republicans abruptly agreed to hold a public hearing on Ford's accusation under pressure from senators demanding that the nominee and his accuser give public, sworn testimony before any vote. She can tell her story in open session or closed session but she can tell it on Monday.

"Senator Hatch spoke to Judge Kavanaugh earlier, and Judge Kavanaugh continued to categorically deny Dr. Ford's allegations".

Democrats oppose Mr Kavanaugh's nomination and have called for the FBI to launch an investigation.

Prof Ford declined to testify unless the FBI begins investigating the judge. "A proper investigation must be completed, witnesses interviewed, evidence reviewed and all sides spoken to". At the time, Hill did speak to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in advance of hearings, says Above the Law Executive Editor Elie Mystal. "I really would want to see what she has to say". "If she doesn't show up, that would be unfortunate", Trump added, referring to the committee testimony. The person described Kavanaugh as "resolute" and eager to defend himself.

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Democratic aides have privately floated the possibility of boycotting the hearing if Republicans choose to proceed without Ford present. Christine Blasey Ford-and Kavanaugh to both testify on Monday. She was terrified, she said, that she would be in trouble if her parents realized she had been at a party where teenagers were drinking, and she anxious they might figure it out even if she did not tell them'.

Kavanaugh's supporters on the committee will want to vigorously defend him. "So it kind of raises the question.do they want to come to (the) public hearing or not?"

Democrats have pushed back on the hearing.

CBN News Chief Political Analyst David Brody also expressed his opinion on the allegations against Judge Kavanaugh during CBN News' Faith Nation on Tuesday.

"No, I'm not", Mr Trump said when asked if he was concerned what Manafort might say. Kavanaugh has had that background check.

"Absolutely, it's the right move", Hill told ABC News' "Good Morning America". I feel so badly for him.

"I'd really want to see her".

The letter from Ford's lawyers notes that despite receiving a "stunning amount of support from her community", Ford has also "been the target of vicious harassment and even death threats" and has been forced to leave her home. He will state his case before representatives of the United States Senate.

Republicans, who control the Senate and Kavanaugh's confirmation process, had scheduled a hearing for the professor and Trump's nominee on Monday. "We've invited everybody", he said. "I am here today to say, once again, women are watching, we are not going allow that to happen again". "We should not have gotten to this point".

October 15, 1991: The Senate confirms Thomas in a 52-48 vote, the narrowest margin in the 20th century.

Republicans have accused Feinstein of concealing details of Ford's accusation for several months after it was sent to her office in July. "She has moved out of her house and is arranging for private security for her and her family".

The risks of a public hearing starring the all-male lineup of Republicans on the committee could be high. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), are now suggesting that the allegations could sink his nomination. McConnell knows that, even with one of the most favorable Senate maps any party ever has enjoyed, the antics of President Donald Trump have helped put the GOP's narrow, two-vote margin in jeopardy. "I believe that would elicit the most information", Collins said.

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