Graham open to having Kavanaugh accuser go before committee

Kavanaugh accuser said to be willing to testify before US Senate committee

Why not? She could have asked him about the allegations while keeping the accuser's name confidential.

Ford went public with her allegation in an article published by The Washington Post on Sunday.

Martha McKenna, a Democratic strategist from Maryland, said by phone that the Kavanaugh allegations are "just another layer to an already highly motivated electorate".

Kavanaugh has said he was not at the party where the incident was alleged to have occurred, according to a White House official.

Ford tells The Washington Post a drunken Kavanaugh groped her and tried to take off her clothes at a party when they were teenagers in the 1980s.

In an updated statement, Kavanaugh said at the White House on Monday, "This is a completely false allegation".

My statement on Judge Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh said on Monday that he is willing to refute Ford's "false allegation" before the Senate Judiciary Committee if necessary. So let me make very clear, I've spoken with the president, I've spoken with Sen.

"This woman should not be insulted and she should not be ignored", Ms. Conway said during an interview on "Fox and Friends". "This woman will be heard".

Kavanaugh's supporters have questioned why the allegations surfaced only after he underwent four days of questioning in early September. But that approach failed to satisfy some senators.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) appeared to agree that a closer examination is needed, tweeting on Monday, "Professor Ford and Judge Kavanaugh should both testify under oath before the Judiciary Committee".

If confirmed, Kavanaugh is expected to tip the scale in favour of conservatives, potentially further threatening women's access to abortion, restrictions on presidential powers and efforts to curb gun ownership.

Mr Kavanaugh's nomination has sharply divided an already closely split Senate, with most Democrats opposing him and most Republicans supporting him. "There's a lot of information we don't know and the Federal Bureau of Investigation should have the time it needs to investigate this new material".

Iowa GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley, the committee chairman, said in a statement following the report that the timing of the allegations shortly before the committee's scheduled vote was "disturbing".

Kavanaugh says in the statement he "had no idea who was making this accusation until she identified herself".

"If there is real substance to this, it demands a response", Murkowski said. "This is not only going to get more women to turn out to vote, it's also going to persuade a lot of Republican women who voted for moderate Republicans in suburbs, including in states like Texas, Tennessee and other red states, to say enough's enough". But faced with a growing Me Too movement, they are also sensitive about appearances.

All 10 Democrats on the Judiciary Committee wrote a letter to Grassley on Monday calling for a delay in Thursday's committee vote while the FBI fully investigates the allegations as part of its review of Kavanaugh's background.

At one point, Leahy specified particular email that Kavanaugh received while working for the White House Counsel's office, having to do with information Leahy was interested in regarding a judicial confirmation.

After reporters started showing up at her house and calling her colleagues at Palo Alto University, where she teaches clinical psychology, Ford was forced to share her story publicly. Therefore, if Conway is firmly on the side of Kavanaugh being trustworthy - a tough sell, given he has been repeatedly accused of perjuring himself in Senate hearings - it is hard to argue she's willing to really listen to Ford's side of the story.

Banks said Ford struggled "mightily" with the decision to alert lawmakers to the alleged incident.

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