Trump questions credibility of Kavanaugh accuser, lashes out at Democrats

Trump Defends Supreme Court Nominee as Accuser Faces Deadline

Ford lawyers say she is open to testifying, but not Monday

In a series of tweets, Trump threw into question the validity of Professor Christine Blasey Ford's accusations in the most direct way since the allegations against Kavanaugh came to light and said his Supreme Court nominee is "under assault by radical left wing politicians".

The Senate Judiciary Committee, which oversees Supreme Court nominations, is due to meet next Monday and has invited Ms Ford and Mr Kavanaugh to testify. Those conditions had cast strong doubts on her willingness to appear, and it became unclear whether Republicans would even hold the hearing. It said the telephone discussion ended with no decision.

Judge Kavanaugh has issued a fresh rebuttal of the allegation.

Reporters had assigned seating and were kept separated from the nominee, who was whisked to and from the room.

Sen. Mazie Hirono (D., Hawaii) told NPR on Monday that she expected both Kavanaugh and Ford to testify in an "atmosphere of transparency".

Donald Trump has been accused of "victim-shaming" the professor who accused his new Supreme Court pick of attempted rape.

Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has scheduled a hearing for Monday morning, and he and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., have indicated it would be Ford's only chance to make her case. Republican swing vote Sen.

'We are requesting immediate action by the Bureau to investigate potential federal crimes against Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, which appear meant to intimidate a witness in relation to the Supreme Court nomination hearing of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, ' the letter reads.

At a party, Kavanaugh and a friend, who she has alleged were both "stumbling drunk", forced her into a room.

"We are happy that Dr Ford's attorneys are now engaging with the Committee", his spokesperson told United States media.

Should Ford testify, especially in public, it would pit the words of two distinguished professionals against each other as television close-ups capture every emotion.

Committee Democrats also asked Grassley to share with them any transcripts from interviews with anyone regarding Blasey Ford's accusations.

If Ford opts not to participate, Republicans could well dispense with the hearing to avoid giving Democrats a forum for peppering Kavanaugh with embarrassing questions. They point out that the powerful panel is quite capable of handling sensitive matters, including confidential ones, such as the July 30 letter that Ford wrote to Sen. "I continue to want a hearing as soon as possible, so that I can clear my name". Kavanaugh was spotted at the White House on Thursday.

Republican panel member Lindsey Graham said on Twitter that requiring an FBI investigation of a 36-year-old allegation "is not about finding the truth, but delaying the process till after the midterm elections". "They've delayed it a week already. they have to get on with it".

While he steered away from criticizing Ford, he lavished praise on his nominee, calling him "one of the finest human beings you will ever have the privilege of knowing or meeting".

Grassley has said he'd be willing to let Ford testify in public or private.

As the week has proceeded, Republicans have seemed to regain momentum toward approving Kavanaugh though his prospects have remained uncertain.

It could also threaten Mr Kavanaugh's support with several Republicans - including Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Jeff Flake of Arizona - who have not declared their stances on his nomination. Vice President Mike Pence would break a tie.

"Senate Republicans are attempting to make Dr. Blasey Ford testify on just a few days' notice - without having the Federal Bureau of Investigation follow up on her allegations and provide a report first", said the letter, which was spearheaded by Sens.

I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents.

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