Public hearing will be held on accusations against Kavanaugh: Senator tells reporters

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President Trump indicated earlier he was open to postponing the confirmation proceedings in Congress while allegations against Kavanaugh are investigated. There are many elements and theories as to why this is the case, but it is a known fact that women tend to stray away from pointing fingers in the days, weeks, months and even years after becoming a victim. Debra S. Katz, Ford's attorney, said on NBC's "Today" that Ford was ready to testify publicly to the Judiciary panel, but she did not respond Monday evening to efforts to learn whether she would appear.

When asked if Kavanaugh should be required to testify again, Conway said: "Well the Senate Judiciary Committee has to decide how each of them will testify as to these specific allegations".

Kavanaugh has denied that the incident occurred, calling the allegation "completely false". Diane Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, but ultimately went public with her story to The Washington Post on Sunday after her letter leaked.

"She believes that but for his inebriation and his inability to take her clothes off, he would have raped her", Katz said.

"As former staffers who were there at the time, we find this testimony preposterous", they wrote, describing how judicial nominations "were full-fledged and often bitter on both sides", so Democratic staff members would hardly be cooperative.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, a member of the committee, said he would welcome hearing from Ford.

According to Ford, the alleged incident took place during the summer in the early 1980s.

But Kavanaugh and Judge have kind of locked themselves into the defense that she's categorically lying.

Conway, one of the highest-ranking women in the West Wing, said she'd "spoken at length" with Trump about the allegations.

"We believe Dr. Blasey Ford and are grateful that she came forward to tell her story", the letter reads. Kavanaugh has offered a full denial, saying: "I have never done anything like what the accuser describes - to her or to anyone".

Brett Kavanaugh accuser speaks out about sexual assault allegations
The Judiciary Committee plans to vote on his nomination this week, as top Republicans look to advance it to the Senate floor. The notes say four boys were involved, a discrepancy Ford says was an error on the therapist's part.

White House aides met behind closed doors cognizant of two realities: that scuttling the Kavanaugh nomination and finding a replacement would likely postpone confirmation hearings until after what could be a difficult midterm election, while pushing back too hard in his defence could alienate female voters as well as female senators who could hold the judge's future in their hands.

Unlike Thomas, who allegedly behaved offensively as an adult and fully sober, "you and I know high school kids".

Feehery is unsure whether there will be a backlash against #MeToo but he and others underscore the politics - and arguably, the double standards - at play in this and other high-stakes instances involving sexual harassment, assault, or other indiscretions.

But almost a year after the #MeToo movement swept Hollywood and Capitol Hill, the senator's handling of the charge has angered Republicans and left Democrats rushing to say they actually accept Ms. Ford's version of events, despite not acting initially. Hours later, the senator chose to clarify the stakes of her suggestion. Dianne Feinstein of California, had a letter from Ford outlining the alleged attack. "I have said that in order for me to assess the credibility of these allegations, that I want to have both individuals come before the Senate Judiciary Committee and testify under oath".

"She is a person of integrity", Leahy said of Feinstein.

Critics have already accused the Republicans of fast tracking the process to get Kavanaugh on the court by October 1, the first day of the fall term. Judiciary Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley, (R) of Iowa, said Monday that he will "continue working on a way to hear her out in an appropriate, precedented, and respectful manner". "She was quite reluctant to come forward".

The protest, originally planned as a Constitution Day event organized by the Center for American Progress, included groups advocating for everything from reproductive rights to transgender equality, who attacked the Kavanaugh nomination.

"It is an insult - insult - to the women of America to rush this through after these serious allegations have been made", Schumer said.

"If they delay a little bit just to make sure everybody's happy - they want to be happy", said Trump.

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