Evangelical leaders furious with Republicans for even considering listening to Kavanaugh accuser

McConnell Democrats waited until 11th hour

Former Girlfriends And Longtime Friends Come to Brett Kavanaugh's Defense

Trump defended his nominee Brett Kavanaugh (pic) calling him an "outstanding" judge with an unblemished record. "I've said from the beginning that these are very serious allegations and she deserves to be heard".

On trade - a day after imposing 10 percent tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports, to which China retaliated with $60 billion in additional tariffs on USA goods - Trump said "we've just started".

Grassley's office says the invitation for Dr. Ford to testify on Monday still stands, reiterating that nothing the Federal Bureau of Investigation does would have any bearing on what she tells the committee, and as such, there is no reason for any further delay. On Monday, Grassley asked Ford to appear before the committee next week in order to testify regarding these allegations.

First, to be very clear, Ford has a right to be heard. Kavanaugh has denied Ford's allegation and has said he's willing to appear before the committee. Kavanaugh has denied the incident, and he and Judge both deny being at the party in question.

The Republican-dominated panel had invited both Kavanaugh, 53, and Ford, 51, to testify publicly about her claims he pinned her down while he was drunk when they were teenagers. And in recognition of how hard it can be to discuss allegations of this kind in public, I have also offered her the choice of testifying in either a public or closed session of the hearing.

The proposed hearing, according to the sources, will include an outside counsel who would ask questions.

"The FBI should be given time to reopen its background check on Judge Kavanaugh to speak to any potential witnesses or any relevant individuals", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) told his colleagues on the Senate floor Tuesday.

Anita Hill, whose 1991 allegations of sexual harassment against a Supreme Court nominee foreshadowed the scene now playing out in D.C., said Tuesday that the Senate is no better prepared to vet claims against a nominee today than it was then. Her family has relocated, they said.

CONNIE: I think it should be investigated. The president said he trusts the Senate to do its job.

"She will talk with the committee".

But Democrats also said they were planning to attend the hearing even if Ms Ford did not show up. "I hope she does".

President Donald Trump says "we'll have to make a decision" if Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's sexual-assault accuser "makes a credible showing" before the Senate Judiciary Committee. "If Ford doesn't want an investigation than she shouldn't have gotten into this game in the first place", he said. Feinstein of California, the top Democrat on the judiciary panel, she thinks the hearing should be delayed. The campaign was spearheaded by Holton-Arms alum Sarah Burgess, who said "I know that in the coming days, her story will be scrutinized, and she will be accused of lying".

So the - you know, this is - it's become incredibly unlikely, though it will continue to be a talking point because Democrats say that the only way to really get a good investigation into something that happened 30 years ago would be to do it through the FBI, not from committee staff who aren't necessarily well-versed in this.

On Wednesday, Grassley said in an official letter to Ford's lawyers that the Kavanaugh hearings would begin again on September 25 with or without Ford's testimony.

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