Christine Blasey Ford's high school classmate: Controversy has felt 'personal'

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But Democrats, already staunchly opposed to President Trump's nominee, wrote their own letter to Mr Grassley objecting to the format of having Judge Kavanaugh and Prof Ford as the only witnesses. "I think they're going to do a good job". Kavanaugh has called Ford's allegation "completely false".

"It would seem that the Federal Bureau of Investigation really doesn't do that", Trump said. Ford said Kavanaugh put his hand over her mouth when she tried to scream.

Hatch, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, also again attacked Democrats for waiting until the most "politically damaging" moment to reveal Christine Blasey Ford's allegations, saying it "reeks of opportunism".

However, Senator Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Republican-dominated judiciary committee, said Tuesday that Ford's presence was not confirmed.

"If she shows up, that would be wonderful", he said of Monday's planned hearing. "If she doesn't show up that would be unfortunate", Mr. Trump said.

Trump did not comment directly on Ford's claim that a drunken Kavanaugh and one of his friends trapped her in a room and attempted to pull her clothes off at a high school party in 1982. Also, Hatch said Ford might need to address some apparent discrepancies between her therapist's notes, her attorney's public statements and her letter to Sen. Grassley said in an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt.

Prof Ford's legal team say they have written to Senate Judiciary Committee declining its offer to testify. She is a moderate Republican whose vote could be crucial to Kavanaugh's chances for Senate confirmation.

A substantial delay could push confirmation past the November elections - when Democrats have a shot at winning Senate control - plus allow more time for unforeseen problems to pop up. They say the White House counsel directed the FBI to investigate when Hill accused Thomas of sexual harassment.

The sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh recall Anita Hill's accusations against Clarence Thomas in 1991, but there are important differences as well as cautions for senators considering how to deal with the allegations. Christine Blasey Ford was a year or so behind me, I remember her.

The scandal, erupting just before the Senate Judiciary Committee had been due to vote on Kavanaugh, ignited an uproar fueled by the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment.

President Donald Trump gave Kavanaugh a ringing new endorsement Tuesday, saying he felt "so badly" that Kavanaugh is facing scrutiny over allegations that he assaulted a teenage girl when both were in high school. She said both of the teenage boys were extremely drunk at the time. Feinstein said. "What about individuals who were previously told about this incident?"

Democratic senators had urged Grassley to invite Judge to testify. In the letter he said he did not see any "improper conduct" by Kavanaugh, a classmate at Georgetown Preparatory School, according to CNN, which obtained a copy of the letter. Spurred on by the #MeToo movement, sexual misconduct receives much more attention than it did then, and allegations of wrongdoing have toppled powerful men in politics, media, the arts and other fields.

Tuesday, he had nothing but kind words for Kavanaugh's "impeccable history", and stated that he "felt so badly for him". 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 favoured Kavanaugh's appointment.

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