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Kellyanne Conway says Kavanaugh accuser Christine Ford should be heard

Kellyanne Conway says Kavanaugh accuser Christine Ford should be heard

The Republican leader of the Senate Judiciary Committee said on Monday he would convene remarkable new public hearings in a week's time after sexual assault allegations emerged against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

USA TODAY does not name accusers of sexual assault, but in this case, Ford came forward publicly to detail her allegations about the Supreme Court nominee in an interview with The Washington Post.

After the meeting, Eshoo said Ford wrote and addressed a letter to Feinstein.

Kavanaugh's statement came shortly after Ford said through her attorney that she would be willing to speak with Congress to tell her side of the story.

Hatch has been one of the fiercest supporters of pushing forward with Kavanaugh's nomination, despite the allegations.

As the fallout continues from the attempted rape allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, some Republican senators - like Arizona Sen. "I have never done anything like what the accuser describes - to her or to anyone", Kavanaugh said in a statement issued by the White House, his first comment since Ford's identity was revealed on Sunday. And he, too, said he is willing to speak to the Senate Judiciary Committee and answer any questions in whatever forum the committee deems appropriate.

Now a judge on the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, widely viewed as the nation's second most powerful court, Kavanaugh seemed to be on a smooth confirmation track until the new allegation emerged.

Kavanaugh spent more than nine hours at the White House Monday, huddling behind closed doors with his confirmation team.

"I believe that Dr. Ford has a right to be heard, and I have confidence in Senator Grassley's work to properly investigate and take the appropriate next steps to ensure the process remains fair and all parties are heard", Ernst said.

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The early 1980s: Christine Ford said that while she and Kavanaugh were high school students at their respective schools in Maryland, they both went to a party.

"I'm pleased that the committee mark up for this week has been canceled and there will be a public hearing and both Judge Kavanaugh and Professor Ford will be testifying under oath, in a public hearing, next Monday".

A committee spokesman said late Sunday that Grassley was trying to arrange separate, follow-up phone calls with Kavanaugh and Ford, but just for aides to Grassley and Sen. Ford provided portions of the therapist's notes to the paper, which described an incident without mentioning Kavanaugh by name. And a Republican not on the committee, Bob Corker of Tennessee, said the vote should be postponed until the committee heard from Ford. She said Sen. Lindsey Graham had told her it could happen as soon as Tuesday and the White House will "respect the process". "Senator Feinstein, on the other hand, has had this information for many weeks and deprived her colleagues of the information necessary to do our jobs".

Two committee Republicans - all 11 on the GOP side are men - Jeff Flake of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of SC, said they wanted to hear more from Ford.

With Republicans narrowly controlling the Senate 51-49, the views of Collins and Sen.

"I think that my constituent all along had a tug of war going on inside of her, understanding what privacy brought to her, but also the risks of moving over into the public square", Eshoo said.

On the evening of September 17, the committee still had a hearing scheduled for September 20 to vote on recommending Kavanaugh for a full Senate vote. Ford has said she made a decision to come forward only when her name began leaking out.

Trump Jr. made the posts amid news reports about a letter sent to Feinstein, D-Calif., alleging that Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl when they were both in high school and Kavanaugh was 17 years old.


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