Tennessee Senate candidate says Kavanaugh accuser 'credible'

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"And so this whole thing is: You have the power of the White House, Kavanaugh over here".

Grassley has given Ford until 10 a.m.et Friday morning to make a decision about providing testimony either in an open hearing, closed hearing or private meeting at a location of her choice in California. Ford's attorneys said Tuesday that she did not want to testify without an FBI investigation into the matter first, a call that Grassley rebuffed.

Trump, star of that infamous "grab 'em by the p**sy" Access Hollywood tape, assured reporters today he finds it "very hard for me to imagine that anything happened" between Kavanaugh and Ford, as she has claimed.

Another undecided senator, Republican Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, said, "We have a woman who has come forward, she deserves to be heard, it's important that her voice and her story is shared".

Trump, counseled not to dismiss or insult Ford - as he has with women who accused him of sexual misconduct - has showered sympathy on his embattled nominee and said he wants to hear from Ford. Ford and Democrats want the FBI to investigate her allegations Kavanaugh assaulted her three decades ago, but Republicans are refusing.

The FBI was involved originally since it handles part of the background checks for presidential nominations of Supreme Court justices.

The development further roiled a confirmation process that once seemed smooth for Kavanaugh, whose confirmation to the lifetime post could consolidate the conservative grip on the top USA court.

Republicans, some of whom see the allegations as a stalling tactic by Democrats to thwart the 53-year-old Kavanaugh's confirmation, have been pushing to confirm Kavanaugh before November's midterm elections, when they could lose their 51-49 majority control of the Senate. "We want to get to the bottom of everything".

"If she shows up and makes a credible showing that'll be very interesting".

Unfortunately, Sen. Feinstein has done a tremendous disservice to Professor Ford and to the nation by the manner in which she has handled this accusation.

There were signs the GOP moves were keeping possible Republican defections in check. He also rejected Democrats' request for an FBI investigation.

"We already had a hearing", Cornyn said.

The Iowa Republican's comments contrast with other Republicans who have said Ford is "mistaken" or have implied that she is making up the allegation out of political motivation. Kavanaugh has denied the charges.

Judge says he won't appear before the committee.

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Miranda said staff from the Senate Judiciary Committee had reached out to her, something she was not expecting.

Katz reiterated that Ford, now a psychology professor in California, has received death threats and for safety reasons has relocated her family.

Back in 1991, however, the FBI did investigate sexual harassment claims against then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas.

In the Senate, the issue of when and if Ford might testify has ignited a furor, especially among Democratic women.

Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of NY says Republicans are "bullying" a woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault.

"I think we all know when a situation is stacked", Sen.

From left, Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, Alexis Goldstein and Sarah Burgess, alumnae of the Holton-Arms School, and Sen. Jeff Flake's office too.

What are Trump and other Republicans saying?

Ford detailed her allegation in a letter sent in July to Sen. McConnell expressed confidence that Kavanaugh would be confirmed: "I'm not concerned about tanking the nomination".

Ford and Kavanaugh have been invited to testify about the attack on Monday. "The invitation for Monday still stands".

Democrats complain that Ford was not consulted before the hearing was announced.

Ms Ford has contended that at a house party in the 1980s, a drunken Mr Kavanaugh tried undressing her and stifling her cries on a bed before she fled.

He added that Kavanaugh was "anxious" to answer the accusations against him, while acknowledging that the testimony would hold up his confirmation.

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