Trump feels 'terribly' for Kavanaugh; Dems want FBI probe

She escaped when Kavanaugh's friend jumped on the bed, sending all three tumbling off.

"I feel so badly for him".

Senate leaders announced the move under pressure from fellow Republicans who wanted a fuller, open examination of the allegations from Christine Blasey Ford, a college professor in California. Debra S. Katz, Ford's attorney, said on NBC's "Today" that Ford was ready to testify publicly to the Judiciary panel, but she did not respond Monday evening to efforts to learn whether she would appear.

It's not clear yet if Ford will show up on Monday. She faced intense and probing questioning about her encounters with Thomas, who went on to be confirmed.

"So it kind of raises the question, do they want to - do they want to come to the public hearing or not?"

But Trump said he supported the additional Judiciary Committee hearing, saying "there shouldn't even be a little doubt", about Kavanaugh's nomination.

"In fact, I have no memory of this alleged incident".

Senator Chuck Schumer said Ford "deserves to be treated with respect and fairness by the Senate".

Trump also spoke about trade and military matters in his press conference with the Polish leader.


The Democrats, Trump said, were "lousy" on policy, and in many ways, "lousy" politicians.

"I did not ask to be involved in this matter nor did anyone asked me to be involved", Judge said in a written statement forwarded to the committee by his attorney, Barbara Van Gelder. "He should testify under oath".

Kavanaugh, 53, whose confirmation had seemed to be on a smooth trajectory, went to the White House on Monday.

The court doesn't have a choice but to take certain cases, such as challenges to congressional maps as partisan gerrymanders that are directly appealed to the high court, Kannon Shanmugam, who heads up the Supreme Court practice at Williams & Connolly, said during the Georgetown panel.

The hearing is certain to be conflicting and emotive. Their sworn testimony, certain to be conflicting and emotive, will offer a campaign season test of the political potency of a #MeToo movement that has already toppled prominent men from entertainment, government and journalism. Grassley said in an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt.

"You're raising legitimate questions that are still on our mind", Grassley said, "and so these details are still being worked out".

Sen. Mazi Hirono (D-Hawaii) has said that she thinks Ford would feel victimized if she were forced to testify without a full report from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The chief counsel for a conservative judicial group backing Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination described the sexual assault allegations made by Christine Blasey Ford against the judge as potentially "rough horseplay".

"We did drink beer, but I never saw him out of control drunk", Kane said. Republicans have charged Democrats with attempting to stymie the confirmation until after the November midterm elections, and with weaponizing Ford's allegation to achieve that political end.


Democrats would argue that other witnesses could provide context, verify or refute parts of the stories that either person tells. Feinstein defended herself in a Tuesday interview, and Ford's lawyer has said she acted appropriately. They also want more witnesses, hoping to avoid what they said would turn into a "he-said-she-said" moment.

Fitzgerald and Kane are now speaking out as the bombshell allegations threaten to derail Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination.

But the Department of Justice, referring back to a statement released Monday, says the Federal Bureau of Investigation fulfilled its role by forwarding a letter to the White House Counsel's Office.

Among the GOP defectors was Sen. A vote in committee would be a precursor to action in the full Senate.

On trade - a day after imposing 10 percent tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports, to which China retaliated with $60 billion in additional tariffs on USA goods - Trump said "we've just started".

There was enormous pressure on GOP Sens.

In "Wasted", Judge wrote about a character named "Bart O'Kavanaugh" who drank until he passed out, according to the Post. That begins with protecting Ford from intimidation and threats - and taking her story seriously. Neither Collins nor Murkowski faces re-election this fall.

Ford is now a psychology professor at California's Palo Alto University. Republicans hope to have Kavanaugh confirmed by October 1, the start of the next Supreme Court term.


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