McConnell Slams Democrats for Timing of Sexual Assault Allegation Against Kavanaugh

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Kellyanne Conway's comment came as the lawyer for the accuser, college professor Christine Blasey Ford, said Ford is willing to testify publicly about the decades-old incident which she already described to The Washington Post.

Ford went public with her allegation in an article published by The Washington Post on Sunday.

Grassley said it was "deeply disturbing" that the allegations against Kavanaugh were leaked in a way that broke her confidentiality, but added "we are working diligently to get to the bottom of these claims".

"The Judiciary Committee should treat this with the seriousness it deserves, in a way that is fair to both the individual making the accusation and the judge himself", Cornyn said in a statement.

Ford received her PhD from the University of Southern California, master's degrees from Stanford University and Pepperdine University, and her bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Thirdly, her lack of memory of time and place is consistent with the possibility that her memory was manipulated during the very therapy sessions where there is the only record of her telling the story thirty years after it happened. Russell Ford is a mechanical engineer and has worked for pharmaceutical and medical research companies.

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Meanwhile, hundreds of alumnae of the secular private girls school that Kavanaugh's accuser attended have signed a letter supporting her. In both cases, the allegations became public only after the nominees went through their initial confirmation hearings.

Ford first wrote a letter to Sen. "Many of us are survivors ourselves".

The other male accused in Ford's allegation told the New Yorker, "I have no recollection of that". People were knocking on her door for information. She says that a small group of students were drinking at a home in suburban Maryland, and that Kavanaugh and a friend, Mark Judge, were heavily intoxicated. She says they covered her mouth, turned up music to muffle her screams, and says she feared they'd inadvertently kill her.

President Donald Trump's eldest son is appearing to mock a woman's sexual assault allegations against his father's nominee for the Supreme Court. But Republican leaders showed no interest in a public spectacle that would thrust Kavanaugh and Ford before television cameras with each offering dramatic - and no doubt conflicting - versions of what they say did or didn't happen in the early 1980s. "He was trying to attack me and remove my clothing".

"In light of recent allegations, it is more important than ever for the Senate to have a full picture of Judge Kavanaugh's views, credibility, and character", Leahy said. Ford told the Post four boys at the party, but only two were in the room.

"This is a completely false allegation". He added he had "never done anything like what the accuser describes".

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Kavanaugh later issued a fresh denial of the allegations, which have roiled his confirmation process, saying he is willing to talk to the committee in any way it "deems appropriate".

If true, the allegation is disqualifying for Kavanaugh not just because of the assault, but also because it means he would have lied about it several times, including under oath.

Banks said Ford struggled "mightily" with the decision to alert lawmakers to the alleged incident. "She believes that if it were not for the severe intoxication of Kavanaugh, she would have been raped". "And there was going to be great personal risk to her and her family in doing so". Yet, he understands why she didn't, given the senator's "cautious" nature and the fact that the writer wanted strict anonymity.

Ford is a registered Democrat who has made small political contributions to Democratic organizations.

Katz also said Monday that her client was "willing to take whatever it takes to get her story forth", and would testify before the committee under oath. "She will agree to participate in any proceedings that she's asked to participate in".

In July 1991, more than half of Americans - 52% - said they would like to see the Senate vote in favor of Clarence Thomas serving on the Supreme Court, with 17% who said they would not want them to vote in favor, according to a Gallup/CNN poll. Thomas went on to be confirmed.

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Yet a few Republicans have suggested there may have to be a delay, at least in the Judiciary vote on the nominee - which was scheduled for this Thursday - in order to hear from Ford.