Trump says no Federal Bureau of Investigation probe needed on Supreme Court pick

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Ford, a research psychologist at Palo Alto University in California, came forward over the weekend to allege that Kavanaugh pinned her on a bed and tried to take off her clothes during a high school party in Maryland in the 1980s.

The Senate Judiciary Committee, which oversees Supreme Court nominations, is due to meet next Monday and has invited Ms Ford and Mr Kavanaugh to testify. Dianne Feinstein waited almost three months to forward the information she had about the sexual assault accusations against Brett Kavanaugh to federal authorities. He said the committee is investigating Ford's accusation against Kavanaugh, but that "we have no power to commandeer an Executive Branch agency into conducting our due diligence".

"But I can only say this: he's such an outstanding man - very hard for me to imagine that anything happened", Trump said.

In a statement issued on Friday, Hill said: "I have seen firsthand what happens when such a process is weaponised against an accuser, and no one should have to endure that again".

Katz also wrote that since the professor went public with her accusations, she has been a "target of vicious harassment and even death threats".

"As a result of these kind of threats, her family was forced to relocate out of their home".

The FBI said Tuesday that it does not investigate those types of cases.

Whether Kavanaugh and Ford testify under oath, and to what details, has enormous stakes for President Donald Trump and the November 6 midterm elections - not to mention American men, women, teenagers, parents, schools and anyone who rises to the top of a profession in the #MeToo era.

A special hearing on the claim was set for Monday but Ms. Blasey Ford's lawyer said she won't testify until the FBI investigates the sexual assault.

"There must be an agreement on witnesses, and the FBI should be given time to reopen its background check investigation into Judge Kavanaugh", Schumer said.

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Grassley said he will continue working on a way to hear from Ford "in an appropriate , precedented and respectful manner". "She's willing to do whatever it takes to get her story forth , yes, ' Katz told NBC's 'Today Show" on Monday morning.

"I'd really want to see her".

"We're not talking about whether the conditions are 'ideal, ' we're talking about whether the conditions are actually tenable - whether or not it's going to be anything more than just a sham proceeding, so that the senators can say, 'We gave her a chance to talk, '" before going on to just confirm him as they intended, Hill said. "If she shows up and makes a credible showing, that would be very interesting".

On Twitter, King added that she had removed her statement from Facebook because "it served its goal and I am now dealing with a slew of requests for interviews". Grassley said. "We wouldn't be having this hearing if it wasn't for the fact that Dr. Ford told the Washington Post and other people publicly that she wanted to testify".

The woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault says the FBI should investigate the incident before senators hold a hearing on the allegations.

Senator Lindsey Graham has accused Democrats of using their calls for an FBI investigation as a ploy.

But in a letter to the Judiciary panel, Judge said he did not remember the party or the claimed incident.

Zero: That's how many women sit among the panel's Republicans, who will cross-examine Ford.

President Donald Trump echoed McConnell's critique during a joint press conference with President Duda of Poland Tuesday afternoon. The claim being made by Dr. Blasey is much more serious than what Professor Hill accused Clarence Thomas. However, the Department of Justice has said in regard to this topic that "the Federal Bureau of Investigation does not make any judgment about the credibility or significance of any allegation", so it is not clear that the Federal Bureau of Investigation would have the jurisdiction to get involved. Chuck Grassley (R-IA).

Grassley said the committee offered Ford "the opportunity to share her story" in a public or a private hearing, or staff interviews, "whichever makes her most comfortable". Thomas denied Hill's account and was confirmed to the Supreme Court.