Brett Kavanaugh willing to 'refute' sexual assault allegation before Senate panel

Cruz says Democrats 'playing games' but agrees that Kavanaugh's accuser should testify before confirmation vote

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He told reporters at the White House: "If it takes a little delay, it will take a little delay".

Ford had contacted the Post through a tip line in early July after it had become clear that Kavanaugh was on Trump's shortlist to fill a vacancy but before the Republican president nominated him, the newspaper said.

Christine Blasey Ford told The Washington Post that she didn't want to be thrust into the spotlight and endure all that goes with that (the disbelief and personal attacks).

On Sunday evening, a pair of outgoing Republican senators said outright that the Senate Judiciary Committee should not vote on Kavanaugh's nomination until they talk to his accuser.

A spokesman for the Senate Judiciary Committee said late Sunday that Grassley is trying to arrange separate, follow-up calls with Kavanaugh and Ford, but just for aides to Grassley and Feinstein, before Thursday's scheduled vote.

A Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Lindsey Graham, says he's willing to hear from the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct while in high school. Ford kept silent about the attempted assault until 2012, when she revealed the story to a therapist during couples counseling with her husband.

Ted Cruz suggested Monday that Democrats "are playing games" in forcing a delay in Judge Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court, though he agreed that senators should hear from the judge and his accuser about a sex assault allegation from three decades ago.

The president explained that he wants to see a complete process for Kavanaugh. "I have never done anything like what the accuser describes-to her or to anyone", he said.

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"Nevertheless, we are working diligently to get to the bottom of these claims", Grassley said.

A draft letter, appearing to be signed by more than 200 Holton-Arms alumnae from 1967 to 2018, called for an investigation into the allegation and said Ford's experience is one that is "all too consistent with stories we heard and lived while attending Holton".

"Unfortunately, committee Democrats have refused to join us in this effort".

Democrats, however, rejected the private interviews and wanted the FBI to investigate the allegations as part of the judge's background investigation.

On Sunday, the White House sent The Washington Post a statement issued by Kavanaugh that said, "I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation". She says both Kavanaugh and Judge were "stumbling drunk", and Judge eventually jumped on top of both of them, allowing her to struggle free and lock herself in the bathroom until the boys left.

"As former staffers who were there at the time, we find this testimony preposterous", they wrote, describing how judicial nominations "were full-fledged and often bitter on both sides", so Democratic staff members would hardly be cooperative. Susan Collins of ME, a crucial vote on the nomination, said in a tweet Monday.

But as the details began to leak, Ford found that her identity was being made public and her story was being called into question.

The Trump administration has already undermined American confidence in so many of our institutions, and they seem to be gunning for democracy itself.

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The White House said Monday that the nominee's denial has not changed.

"This woman should not be insulted, and she should not be ignored", White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said during an interview on Fox News Channel's "Fox & Friends".

She said she believes the year was 1982 when Kavanaugh would have been 17.

Despite Harris and other Democrats' urging, the FBI maintains that there is no potential federal crime taking place with regards to the Kavanaugh allegations.

She also noted that Rock-and-roll music was loudly playing at the time. He defended Kavanaugh as someone who "never even had a little blemish on his record".

What does Ford say happened? . Richard Blumenthal of CT, said staging the hearing without the FBI investigation would make it a "sham". She says Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed, and groped her, and held his hand over her mouth to muffle her screams.

He said he wished Democrats had brought up the accusations against Mr Kavanaugh sooner. Key will be the views of Collins and Sen. He has questioned why women wait so long to come forward if they are telling the truth.

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