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'Very hard for me' to believe Kavanaugh accuser

'Very hard for me' to believe Kavanaugh accuser

One of the reactions to Christine Blasey Ford's request that the FBI investigate her claim that Brett Kavanaugh attempted to sexually assault her at a party back in high school has been that the FBI doesn't do investigations like that. Ford's lawyers said on Tuesday she would not appear before the Senate until after the FBI investigates the allegations.

She went public with an interview in the Washington Post Sunday, saying that at a party in Maryland in the 1980s, Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed, groped her, and tried to remove her clothes while putting his hand over her mouth to stop her screams.

The Senate Judiciary Committee, which oversees Supreme Court nominations, has scheduled a hearing for Monday and invited both Ford and Kavanaugh to testify.

The allegation has roiled a confirmation process that once appeared smooth for Kavanaugh, who if confirmed could consolidate the conservative grip on the top USA court. A White House spokesman also weighed in, telling reporters that Kavanaugh "looks forward to a hearing where he can clear his name of this false allegation".

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

Mr. Trump said he relied on the Senate to resolve the accusation, which Judge Kavanaugh denied.

Ford, who's now a professor of psychology at Palo Alto University, said she escaped when Judge jumped on top of them and she managed to get free.

The ugly confirmation battle could shake up the forthcoming mid-term elections.

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Bruno said focusing on the young ages of Kavanaugh and Ford during the alleged assault - Ford was 15 - and the many years that have elapsed misses a larger point. "If she doesn't show up that would be unfortunate", Mr. Trump said. He declined to say whether Kavanaugh had offered to withdraw, dismissing the question as "ridiculous".

The Justice Department said in a statement late Monday that the accusation against Kavanaugh "does not involve any potential federal crime".

Carlson said he was told by a senior US official that the FBI will not investigate because what Ford is alleging is not a federal crime. President Donald Trump: "It wouldn't bother me, other than the FBI, John said, that they really don't do that".

In the Senate, the issue of when and if Ford might testify has ignited a furor, especially among Democratic women. She says that ever since she has spoken about the "truth", she has been receiving death threats and hate online.

A Twitter account affiliated with the far right posted Ford's address Tuesday morning, calling for "peaceful protests" at her home and labeling her allegation a "hoax" by the "deranged left", according to the Post. "She is", Katz said.

'I graduated from Holton Arms and knew both Brett Kavanaugh and Mark Judge. "I feel so badly for him that he's going through this, to be honest with you", Reuters quoted Trump as saying.

Democrats are hoping to wrest control of Congress from Trump's fellow Republicans on 6 November, dealing a serious blow to the president's agenda.


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