Why Republicans should welcome an FBI investigation into Kavanaugh

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Conservative judge Brett Kavanaugh appeared set to sail through Senate confirmation for the vacancy on the nation's top court until a California professor publicly accused him of having sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers nearly four decades ago. But as you know, they say this is not really their thing.

Mr Kavanaugh has denied the allegation.

He has also cast fresh doubt on whether the alleged attack even happened.

"If she doesn't show up, that would be unfortunate", the president told reporters Wednesday as he left the White House to view hurricane damage in North Carolina.

"Look, if she shows up and makes a credible showing, that will be very interesting and we'll have to make a decision". She said her male colleagues - and all men in general - need to "shut up" about the Kavanaugh controversy.

In a statement issued on Friday, Hill said: "I have seen firsthand what happens when such a process is weaponised against an accuser, and no one should have to endure that again".

Ford's lawyers say she has been subject to death threats as a result of her allegations against Kavanaugh. Her family has relocated, they said.

The GOP chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Chuck Grassley of Iowa, said an FBI investigation wouldn't have bearing on Ford's testimony so "there is no reason for further delay".

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.

Trump blamed Democrats for the delay weeks before the USA midterm congressional elections on November 6, but he said there was enough time to get his pick confirmed before the elections.

Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley said Professor Blasey Ford's chance to tell her story would be on Monday, when she could do so publicly or behind closed doors. The president said he was "totally supporting" Kavanaugh and rejected calls for the FBI to investigate the accusation. She said on Twitter that she deleted it "because it served its goal and I am now dealing with a slew of requests for interviews ..."

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"I don't think Federal Bureau of Investigation really should be involved because they don't want to be involved".

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

The campaign's creator, Heidi Feldman, tells me that she's been in touch with Ford's representatives, and that they're "very appreciative" of the assistance.

That underscores a desire to avoid antagonising female voters at a time when the #MeToo movement has made sexual abuse a major political dynamic.

On Sunday, The Washington Post published a story that detailed Ford's personal account of an incident that Ford said took place when she and Kavanaugh were both in high school. But Senate Democrats are pushing for the FBI to reopen Kavanaugh's background investigation. "It demands a thorough and independent investigation before the Senate can reasonably vote on Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to a lifetime seat on the nation's highest court".

Clinton says that makes it hard to "avoid the appearance of insult" against Ford.

Democrats have said that Ford asked for anonymity in a letter she sent to her congresswoman, Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., detailing the incident.

Prof Ford's legal team has declined the Senate's offer to testify.

Trump has repeatedly said that he is open to delaying the confirmation process, but has continued to praise Kavanaugh as an "outstanding" person and to accuse Democrats of playing politics with his nomination.

President Donald Trump echoed McConnell's critique during a joint press conference with President Duda of Poland Tuesday afternoon.