Bush stands by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh amid sexual misconduct allegation

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Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee have urged for hearings to be delayed in light of these allegations, and questioned why Committee Chair Chuck Grassley had chosen Kavanaugh and Ford as the only two witnesses to testify.

The testimonies "would be added to the very considerable mountain of evidence and considerations that folks will have when they weigh whether or not to vote for judge Kavanaugh to be on the Supreme Court".

On Monday, Trump defended his pick, dismissing any notion that Kavanaugh's nomination should be withdrawn.

To that end, what would be the problem with the FBI reopening their background investigation into Judge Kavanaugh? "But as you know they say this is not really their thing", Trump said.

A committee vote is scheduled for Thursday, but several key Democrats have said it should be postponed. "I can tell you the Republican senators want to be a hundred percent happy themselves". A check of our archives reveals that we didn't mention him once despite weeks of blogging news coverage of the SCOTUS search process. Ford has said she is willing to testify, but not said whether she will participate in Monday's hearing.

Kavanaugh has denied the allegation.

Grassley told Hugh Hewitt on his radio show that Ford has not accepted his request to appear before the committee.

Once nominated, high-court nominees customarily make pro forma rounds of Senate offices and then retreat beyond public view, to be drilled by tough-minded interrogators preparing them for searing Judiciary Committee hearings and last-minute vulnerabilities.

On Sunday evening, a pair of outgoing Republican senators said outright that the Senate Judiciary Committee should not vote on Kavanaugh's nomination until they talk to his accuser.

"Judge Kavanaugh is one of the finest people that I've ever known".

The President is annoyed because he feels his nominee's name is being run through the mud by Democrats wielding old allegations, White House officials said.

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As both sides contemplated the hearing, Republicans were thinking through the optics of a nationally televised showdown between Kavanaugh and his accuser at which all 11 Republican committee members are men. It 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, and energized female voters and political candidates.

Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, was visibly enraged by the GOP's approach.

As the Senate committee prepares for a Monday hearing, liberal and conservative groups are intensifying the pressure on a handful of red-state Democrats and moderate Republicans.

"Today - especially now, after last year's revelations about what women were experiencing in the workplace in 2017 - it seems to me that's just another wakeup call", Hill said in her first interview since another Supreme Court nominee was accused of sexual misconduct. Ford is saying that these were note taking mistakes on the part of her therapist.

Ford said she escaped when Kavanaugh's friend jumped on top of them, sending all three tumbling.

Trump wasn't having that explanation, accusing the Democrats of obstruction.

While the system may be in no better shape to soberly evaluate the claims, Hill said, the populace is at least better prepared to hear them. He groped her and tried to pull off her clothes and a one-piece bathing suit - all while holding his hand over her mouth so she couldn't scream.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said an FBI investigation is "essential" to prevent the hearing from becoming merely a "he said, she said affair".

Furthermore, the Associated Press reports that in a statement, the DOJ said late Monday that "it's not the job of the Federal Bureau of Investigation to judge the significance or the credibility of an accusation".

If the Judiciary committee's timetable slips, it would become increasingly hard for Republicans to schedule a vote before midterm elections on November 6 elections, when congressional control will be at stake.

The Washington Post reports that Ford has not spoken with Kavanaugh since the party and she told no one at the time about what had happened.