Bill Nelson: FBI needs to investigate Brett Kavanaugh sex accusations

IN SPOTLIGHT Sen. Chuck Grassley, center has faced some criticism on how he has handled plans for letting a woman testify about her allegations that Judge Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were in high school

GOP senators ready to vote if Brett Kavanaugh's accuser doesn't testify Monday

Unable to get an interview with Ford, they started interviewing neighbors. They also want more witnesses besides Kavanaugh and Ford, hoping to avoid what they said would turn into a "he-said-she-said" moment.

Grassley said the committee offered Ford "the opportunity to share her story" in a public or a private hearing, or staff interviews, "whichever makes her most comfortable".

Trump indicated that his patience is wearing thin, even telling political website that the scandal resembles what he called "the witch hunt" by a special prosecutor into allegations that he colluded with Russian Federation in his surprise 2016 election.

"There's limited evidence that campaign appearances by surrogates really matter all that much", Geoffrey Skelley, an associate editor and political analyst at Sabato's Crystal Ball, the University of Virginia Center for Politics' nonpartisan political handicapping newsletter, told me at the time. Trump had campaigned on the promise he would appoint judges to overturn Roe v Wade, the case that legalised abortion in the US.

The Senate Judiciary Committee has called on both Judge Kavanaugh and Prof Ford to testify - either publicly or in a closed-door session - next Monday. We are so thankful that she is helping us move towards a world where women can be free of sexual assault and violence.

Ford has said she wants the FBI to investigate her accusation before she would testify. The FBI has said it is not investigating the matter, a decision backed by Republicans.

FBN's Stuart Varney discusses the sexual misconduct allegations made against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and how Democrats are trying to delay the hearing. Ford wants an FBI investigation done before testifying, but President Donald Trump and Republicans have rebuffed her.

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

Prof Ford has been given until Friday to decide if she will testify.

And Trump - who faces a raft of serious allegations of sexual impropriety and was once caught on tape boasting of being able to "grab" women's genitals whenever he wanted - has had to tread a fine line. "Fairness and respect dictate that she should have time to deal with this". Trump said Kavanaugh is "a man of great intellect.he has an unblemished record". MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace also read out part of Miranda's social media posting on her program "Deadline White House". Ford said she feared Kavanaugh may inadvertently kill her and the incident "derailed me substantially for four or five years".

Ford has not yet signaled whether she will accept Judiciary Committee Republicans' invitation to testify about her claims in a hearing next Monday.

"Even what she's done so far would impact my thinking, but not almost as much as if she sat there and I had a chance to question her", Bredesen said. She has received death threats and left her home. Her email has been hacked, and she has been impersonated online. "I would let the senators take their course".

Trump's remark was noteworthy because most Republicans have handled the question of Ford's credibility more gingerly.

Blasey had initially resisted going public with her story because she believed speaking up about Kavanaugh could ruin her life and have little effect on his confirmation.

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