Sens. Johnson, Baldwin want to hear from Kavanaugh, accuser

Posted September 20, 2018

"We need to delay the vote", Leahy said. Flake said he told No. 2 Senate Republican leader John Cornyn of Texas on Sunday that "if we didn't give her a chance to be heard, then I would vote no". He said he would be willing to talk to the committee "in any way" it deems appropriate to "defend my integrity".

Maryland's US senators on Monday called the sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh "credible" and "very serious" and said the Senate must take the time to allow them to be aired before voting.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh said Monday that he would be willing to speak with lawmakers to refute an allegation of physical and sexual assault by a woman who has come forward publicly with the accusation. "These are serious allegations, and these should be addressed", Ford's attorney, Debra Katz, said on the Today show.

Kavanaugh has "categorically and unequivocally" denied the allegation. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said Monday.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein listens to an aide during a markup hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sept. 13, 2018, on Capitol Hill. But Democrats say staff calls are insufficient and want the proceedings postponed so the FBI can investigate.

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Kavanaugh has also denied the allegations, both before and after Ford came forward publicly. Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins became one of the key undecided senators to say she welcomed testimony from both Kavanaugh and Ford. Democrats, who seized on the development as justification to delay the high-stakes nomination, could energize complacent Republican voters if they're viewed as playing politics with the sensitive allegation. Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin III of West Virginia, also called for slowing the process. Democrats called for the judiciary committee to hold off its Thursday vote, The Washington Post reported. Murkowski said Ford's story "must be taken seriously". "Ford by listening to her and hearing her story".

What does Ford say happened? . "He stands ready to testify tomorrow if the Senate is ready to hear him", White House spokesman Raj Shah said in a statement on Monday.

"I'm glad that chairman Grassley is following standard practice and regular order", McConnell said, referring to the chairman's plan to conduct "by the book with bipartisan interviews" of Kavanaugh and his accuser.

Kavanaugh has completely denied the allegations, as has Mark Judge, a friend of his who Ford said witnessed the assault. Kavanaugh should be afforded the same opportunity, she added.

Sharon Crouch Clark didn't know Ford and feels fine about having signed the letter, notwithstanding the allegation. The official said Kavanaugh has been coming to the White House "often" for meetings during the confirmation process. But the president says Kavanaugh's nomination is "on track".

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Ilyse Hogue, the president of NARAL, said that the Judiciary Committee that is overseeing Kavanaugh's nomination is not in a position to obtain a credible denial from the nominee in the face of Ford's allegation. "Revenge is a dish best served cold, as the philosopher once said".

Ford came forward to the Post on Sunday, attaching her name to the anonymous allegation. That's hardly an effort to get into a fair and thorough investigation of what has occurred.

Earlier, Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer of NY said it would be "a deep insult to the women of America" if Grassley did not postpone Thursday's meeting. Only this week did Ford decide she was willing to testify about what happened to her. She said that Kavanaugh put his hand over her mouth when she screamed, and only stopped when another teenager broke up the encounter.

"She believes that but for his inebriation and his inability to take her clothes off, he would have raped her", Katz said.

Katz told CBS that Ford had consumed a beer but was not drunk.

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Monaem Sarker: President Donald Trump's 20 months in office have aged many Americans at least a multiple of that length of time . Woodward said his book does not rely on anonymous sources, telling Savannah Guthrie, "The incidents are not anonymous".