Kavanaugh classmate has no recollection of party where alleged sexual assault occurred

Flashback Anita Hill's explosive opening statement

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. "I really would want to see what she has to say".

"Senator Hatch spoke to Judge Kavanaugh earlier, and Judge Kavanaugh continued to categorically deny Dr. Ford's allegations". He said the committee is investigating Ford's accusation against Kavanaugh, but that "we have no power to commandeer an Executive Branch agency into conducting our due diligence".

"We're looking to get this done as soon as possible", Trump told reporters at the White House. "I just want to say to the men in this country: Just shut up and step up".

Her lawyers said on Tuesday that Prof Ford is receiving death threats since alleging Judge Kavanaugh attempted to rape her. Her family has relocated, they said.

While the president supports the notion of delaying the hearings so that all sides can be heard in the matter, he is dismissing calls for the FBI to investigate the assault allegations.

Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has been accused of sex assault by a professor.

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.

Lawyers for California college professor Christine Blasey Ford said Tuesday she wants the FBI to investigate her claims before she appears at a Senate hearing.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., accused Democrats of using their calls for an FBI investigation as a ploy.

"Dr. Ford's testimony would reflect her personal knowledge and memory of events", Grassley said.

"I don't think Federal Bureau of Investigation really should be involved because they don't want to be involved". "If she shows up and makes a credible showing, that would be very interesting". She later added, "There was a further breakdown even after that, what information would be shared".

He said: "I think he's a man of great intellect, as I've been telling you, and he had this unblemished record". That underscores a desire to avoid antagonizing female voters at a time when the #MeToo movement has made sexual abuse a major political dynamic.

Kavanaugh has strongly denied the incident in which Ford says he pinned her down and covered her mouth while trying to undress her when he was 17 and she 15.

The former Democratic presidential nominee said on MSNBC on Tuesday the relevant precedent is the FBI's investigation of Anita Hill's sexual-harassment allegation against Clarence Thomas in 1991.

But in a letter to the Judiciary panel, Judge said he did not remember the party or the claimed incident. "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". Senators, he said, will have to determine if Ford's account of the event meets the threshold to declare Kavanaugh unfit to serve on the Supreme Court.

"She will talk with the committee", Banks said.

"They also knew that Judge Kavanaugh's reputation would be forever tarnished by this allegation, even if it proved to be false".

If he was watching, one can only imagine how Judge Garland felt when he heard McConnell take the Senate floor Monday to accuse Democrats of flouting "standard bipartisan process" and "regular order" in the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. The delay makes it increasingly hard for Kavanaugh to win approval by October 1, when the new session of the Supreme Court begins.

The Senate, the committee chairman notes, "and only the Senate", is tasked with vetting a president's Supreme Court nominee.

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