Graham says Kavanaugh accusations aimed at delay

R.I. law students, professor weigh in on Kavanaughs rocky path

Last Friday, Senator Charles Grassley-chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee-publicly presented an ultimatum to Ford demanding a quick response to the committee's invitation to testify regarding her claim.

"Otherwise, there are these very serious allegations hanging over the head of a nominee who has emphatically denied them and that's just not a good way for us to end", Collins said. They say they want to give Ford, now a professor at Palo Alto University, every chance to tell her story.

Mr. Kavanaugh, also due to testify at the Judiciary Committee hearing, has denied the accusations by Ford and Ramirez. Ford says she feared Kavanaugh might inadvertently kill her before she managed to get away.

"She's not asking for extraordinary measures, she's asking for basic fairness", Gillibrand said. She called on the FBI to investigate the assault allegation "and all the threats she's undergoing". "This is a smear, plain and simple", he said in a statement issued by the White House Sunday night.

Going further, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Democrats' demands for an FBI investigation were a ploy to delay a confirmation vote.

"As you are aware, she has been receiving death threats, which have been reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and she and her family have been forced out of their home", the email said.

Prof Ford earlier declined the Senate's offer to testify unless the FBI began investigating the judge.

After carefully reviewing her memories of the event, Ramirez told the New Yorker that she remembers Kavanaugh "exposing himself" to her at a "drunken dormitory party", during which time he "thrust his penis in her face and caused her to touch it without her consent".

Presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway told CBS on Monday that the accusations against Kavanaugh sound like "a vast left-wing conspiracy", using rhetoric that echoed Hillary Clinton's 1998 description of allegations that her husband, President Bill Clinton, had had affairs.

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They said in the statement that Ramirez never described the incident until after Kavanaugh was nominated to the Supreme Court.

Trump also criticised Democrats who held the letter containing Ford's allegations and did not make its contents public before Kavanaugh's hearings began. "Judge Kavanaugh is an outstanding person and I am with him all the way".

The biggest concerns raised by Ford's lawyer on the call were her safety and the Monday hearing date, according to one source with knowledge of the call.

With Kavanaugh's confirmation prospects already hanging the balance, the news of a second set of allegations is likely to alarm Republicans who are hoping to push Kavanaugh's nomination through the Senate, where they hold a slim 51-49 majority. Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said his panel still planned a Monday morning hearing that Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford were invited to attend.

The classmate independently recalled numerous same details Ramirez told The New Yorker about the incident. Rather than making any attempt to handle this charge made by Dr. Ford, and afford her the right to be heard, Feinstein chose to sit on the letter until after Judge Kavanaugh's hearings.

Still, the White House and Republicans have cast doubt on Ford's allegations. He was at the White House on Thursday for the fourth consecutive day, as he prepares for possible testimony.

"She continues to believe that a full non-partisan investigation of this matter is needed and she is willing to cooperate with the Committee", Banks said.

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. Kavanaugh answered no to both questions. In the poll, conducted from September 11-17, 36 percent of USA adults surveyed did not want Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, up 6 percentage points from a similar poll a month earlier, while 31 percent favored Kavanaugh's appointment.

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