The woman who has accused Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh of attempting to rape her decades ago has asked for the FBI to investigate her claims before she testifies to the Senate.
After initially saying through a lawyer Monday that she was willing to appear, Ford has since said she first wants a full FBI investigation of her accusation. Kavanaugh has denied the allegation, calling it "completely false".
He did not comment directly on Ms Ford's claim that a drunken Kavanaugh and one of his friends trapped her in a room and attempted to pull her clothes off at a high school party in 1982. If you are yet to make up your mind, you can read an argument for his confirmation and one against his confirmation on IrishCentral.
Kennedy said that he'd prefer a public hearing if Ford agrees to it, so that the American people can see and hear her in the interest of fairness.
Ford is now a psychology professor at California's Palo Alto University, while Kavanaugh is currently a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, widely viewed as the nation's second most powerful court.
The confirmation fight comes just weeks before November 6 congressional elections in which Democrats seek to win control of Congress from Trump's fellow Republicans.
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Trump answered questions about Kavanaugh, whose nomination is now in jeopardy in the Senate, as he left the White House to visit hurricane-stricken areas in North Carolina and SC. "She doesn't know how she got there, when it was and so that would logically be something where she would get questions".
It remained unclear, though, whether Ford would attend or if the hearing would occur without her as a drama that has riveted Washington since emerging a week ago was injected with a fresh burst of election-season suspense.
Here's Jim Acosta asking Gillibrand one of his patented "tough questions" - what would you say to Ford if you could? - which is Gillibrand's cue to feign outrage and start babbling about how the Judiciary Committee hasn't caught up to the rest of the world 'n stuff.
"What happens at Georgetown Prep stays at Georgetown Prep", Kavanaugh said, describing the philosophy. She also said Kavanaugh put his hand over her mouth when she tried to shout for help. However, the Department of Justice has said in regard to this topic that "the Federal Bureau of Investigation does not make any judgment about the credibility or significance of any allegation", so it is not clear that the Federal Bureau of Investigation would have the jurisdiction to get involved. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) in July just after Kavanaugh was nominated. "That may not be a good thing, a bad thing, I think that's just factual". "And it is not the woman's fault".
"Nor is it tasked with investigating a matter simply because the Committee deems it important", the senator wrote. "He said very clearly and unequivocally, 'This did not happen'".
Ford, in her interview with the Washington Post, says that she knew Kavanaugh and Judge as "friendly acquaintances". She says she escaped when Judge jumped on the bed.