Christine Blasey Ford to testify Thursday about Kavanaugh sexual assault allegations

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Kevin de Leon, a Democrat in the California state Senate, said that Feinstein should have confronted Kavanaugh with it at his hearing, AP reported.

Ford's attorneys say the committee has not indicated when they will respond, but said the remaining "procedural and logistical issues" will "not impede the hearing taking place". As of Sunday evening, Trump had not spoken to Kavanaugh himself.

Farrow told ABC on Monday there are "several people in this story who back Ms. Ramirez".

The accusation from Ramirez raises the stakes further for a dramatic showdown Thursday, as Kavanaugh and Ford testify in public about an incident she characterizes as attempted rape - and that he says simply never happened. She said, point-blank, I don't want to ruin anyone's life, but she feels this is a serious claim. She later told the Washington Post that she did not believe her story would affect Kavanaugh's confirmation and telling the story would be personally painful.

The committee reached out to the friend on Tuesday as someone who was possibly in attendance at the party where Ford alleges an inebriated Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed, groped her, put his hand over her mouth to stifle her screams and tried to remove her clothes.

The allegation comes at a crucial time in Kavanaugh's confirmation process, with days until Ford is set to lay out her own allegation that Kavanaugh assaulted her when they were both in high school.

And Trump said both should be listened to.

Conway said, "I don't think one man's shoulders should bear decades of the #MeToo movement" that has toppled powerful men across industries over the past year. "We're not going to let her determine how many people we call" and on outside counsel. A number of women who know and him and worked with him throughout his legal career have said he has been totally respectful toward them. Trump's first nominee, Judge Gorsuch, was confirmed by the Senate on April 7, 2017.

"We'll get nearly no Democrat, ' he said on the 'Geraldo in Cleveland" show on WTAM radio.

Republicans have been pressing for a swift hearing and a vote.

Republican Senators Jeff Flake, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and Bob Corker are considered the ones to watch for a possible defection.

A White House official not authorized to speak publicly questioned the accusations coming from Avenatti's client, saying that the presence of the high-profile attorney - who has publicly taken on Trump and is weighing a 2020 Democratic presidential bid - makes the proceedings a "circus". Female staff attorneys for the Republican majority will question Ford, avoiding the hard optics of having the all-male GOP members of the committee grill a woman making a claim of sexual misconduct against a would-be Supreme Court justice.

Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 6.

She sent a letter late Sunday to GOP Chairman Chuck Grassley after The New Yorker magazine report.

Schumer and Feinstein write that Trump's comments this past week about getting to the bottom of the charges is "is merely lip service unless you are willing to direct the FBI to investigate".

The New Yorker doesn't provide any quotations from Ramirez's initial uncertain remarks about Kavanaugh, but reports that she took "six days of carefully assessing her memories and consulting with her attorney" before detailing her 35-year-old allegation.

Senate Democrats are now investigating a bombshell claim by Deborah Ramirez, 53, who says Kavanaugh exposed himself to her during a 1980s college party at Yale University, thrust his genitals in her face and caused her to touch them without her consent, according to The New Yorker. Ramirez, who was raised a devout Catholic in CT, said that she was shaken.

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