Ford says she thinks Kavanaugh tried to rape her

28 September, 2018, 01:16 | Author: Essie Rivera
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Republicans plan to vote on Kavanaugh less than 24 hours later on Friday, though that could be postponed.

The US President has also a couple of times asserted the allegations are false.

In his prepared testimony, Kavanaugh again "unequivocally and categorically" denied her allegation, as well as "other false and uncorroborated accusations" by his other accusers. "I have to watch tomorrow".

Both Kavanaugh and Ford are expected to be questioned by senators on the committee and a career prosecutor enlisted by the Republican majority. I am here this morning to answer these allegations and to tell the truth.

The controversy has unfolded just weeks ahead of the November 6 congressional elections in which Democrats are trying to seize control of Congress from Trump's fellow Republicans.

The allegation is contained in a complaint that was sent to Republican Sen.

"Brett groped me and tried to take off my clothes", her statement said.

But at least a hint of doubt has crept in. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., asked Ford for her strongest memory. One of the anonymous claims was recanted ahead of the hearing.

Swetnick also made other accusations in her statement.

Ford's statement said she didn't know Kavanaugh well and that she recalls the house party as "almost surely a spur of the moment gathering".

Ford began her testimony by describing the anxiety accompanying her appearance before the committee. Dianne Feinstein and Rachel Mitchell, the attorney hired by the GOP to question Ford.

Ford has said Judge was in the room when Kavanaugh assaulted her in high school, a charge Judge has denied and said he has no recollection of.

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"I was accused by four or five women who got paid a lot of money to make up stories about me", Trump said. Judge is a boyhood friend of Kavanaugh who has written a book describing the debauchary of his high school years.

On Sunday a second woman, Mr Kavanaugh's Yale classmate Deborah Ramirez, went public with allegations of misconduct against the judge. "She can't remember that", James said.

Nothing on the calendar appears to refer to her.

A psychology professor who is married and has two children, she said Kavanaugh and a friend of his, Mark Judge, were drunk at the party and that she was pushed into a bedroom as she headed to the bathroom.

The revelation was included in a late-night news release by Sen. Kavanaugh has been accused of sexual misconduct by two other women as well.

"With what degree of certainty do you believe Brett Kavanaugh assaulted you?"

Two men have also come forward saying they, not Kavanaugh, had the alleged sexual encounter with Ford. The committee notes do not detail what came of those conversations.

Feinstein made an immediate comparison to Anita Hill's accusations against Clarence Thomas. "I think it's going to be a very important day in the history of our country". Bob Corker of Tennessee, who added that he has a positive view of Kavanaugh but has yet to decide how he'll vote.

"All of the sudden the hearings are over, and the rumors start coming out", he said. Ford already had a credible case before she arrived in Washington.

"We therefore ask that you immediately direct an FBI investigation or withdraw this nomination", they concluded.

"He is asking for a lifetime appointment to the nation's highest court where he will have the opportunity to rule on matters that will impact Americans for decades", the 10 Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee said in a letter to the president. "Do we appreciate how close the powder keg is?"

Associated Press writers Kevin Freking, Mary Clare Jalonick, Padmananda Rama, Matthew Daly, Julie Pace and AP photographers J. Scott Applewhite and Carolyn Kaster contributed to this report.

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