New Poll Shows More Voters Opposing Kavanaugh’s Confirmation Than Supporting

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Lawyers for Christine Blasey Ford say that before she testifies on Capitol Hill next week she wants the FBI to investigate her allegation that she was sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Christine Blasey Ford has the option of privately testifying before a Senate panel next week about an allegation of sexual misconduct she has leveled against President Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday.

"Dr Ford's testimony would reflect her personal knowledge and memory of events", Grassley said in a statement.

"Yes, I think ... whenever you have something that is a big question like this, you ask the FBI to investigate what the facts (are)", Nelson said. On Friday, the president questioned why no one contacted the FBI "36 years ago", after Democrats have urged the FBI to open an investigation into Ford.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee who was first informed of Ford's accusation in July when the woman requested anonymity, denounced Republicans' efforts to limit the hearing to two witnesses. She also wants them to subpoena Mark Judge who was allegedly a witness to the incident.

"Right off the bat, what I have said is there should be an investigation", Nelson said.

Republicans on the fence about supporting Kavanaugh say they would be disappointed if Ford does not testify and fully expect the committee to move on in that case.

"I have never done anything like what the accuser describes - to her or to anyone", Kavanaugh said Monday. The campaign was spearheaded by Holton-Arms alum Sarah Burgess, who said "I know that in the coming days, her story will be scrutinized, and she will be accused of lying".

Trump and his accusers
Trump and his accusers

He also said while he was friends with Kavanaugh in high school, he doesn't recall Kavanaugh ever acting that way.

The hearing represents a potential make-or-break moment for the conservative federal appeals court judge's confirmation chances for the lifetime post on the top United States court, as Mr Trump seeks to continue his goal of moving the federal judiciary to the right. Specifically, she said the committee should look at improving the way her own testimony played out before lawmakers.

"If she shows up and makes a credible showing, that will be very interesting and we'll have to make a decision", Trump told reporters as he left the White House for a trip to the Carolinas.

While she's willing to testify, the letter read, she is concerned that senators "appear to have made up their minds that she is "mistaken" and 'mixed up'".

The assault purportedly took place in 1982 when Ms Blasey Ford was 15 and Mr Kavanaugh 17. Now, in an op-ed in the New York Times, Hill warns that the same could happen in the upcoming Brett Kavanaugh hearing - and provides a framework to history from repeating itself.

Meanwhile, around 4 p.m. Tuesday, the originally scheduled vote to confirm Kavanaugh has been officially canceled.

Democrats rejected that plan, saying the seriousness of the charges merited a full FBI investigation. But the Federal Bureau of Investigation apparently is not further investigating.

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