Female friends defend Kavanaugh against sexual assault allegation

Kavanaugh Accuser Rejects 'Arbitrary' Ultimatum Regarding Testimony, Gets More Time

Kavanaugh denies ever assaulting Ford, or anyone else.

With Republicans fearful that Democrats could wrest control of the U.S. House of Representatives and even the Senate from them in November elections, Trump urged his supporters to get out and vote for the party's candidates, saying the economic measures he has put in place could be hanging in the balance.

Trump's abrupt change of course put off at least one person he may need to confirm Kavanaugh in the Senate Republicans narrowly control, 51-49.

Mr Trump said in a tweet that "if the attack on Dr Ford was as bad as she says", she would have pressed charges.

"She wishes to testify, provided that we can agree on terms that are fair and which ensure her safety", Katz wrote in the email, which was obtained by The Associated Press after first being reported by The New York Times. His Republican party accuses the Democrats of using Ford as a last-minute spoiler to try and wreck Kavanaugh's path to the highest court, where he would tilt the bench firmly to the right for possibly years to come. Ford's lawyers had requested that she go second.

In another tweet, Mr Trump, who was in Las Vegas for various events, wrote that Mr Kavanaugh was "under assault by radical left wing politicians who ... want to destroy and delay".

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo tweeted in reply to Trump that sexual assault and domestic violence are two "of the most under-reported crimes in society, this is a fact & in the past the law enforcement community has not done a good job of creating safe spaces for victims".

Susan Collins of ME and Jeff Flake of Arizona - said that unless Ford testified Monday they would move on to Kavanagh's vote.

"He said / she said" has become part of the lexicon of language used to discuss sexual assault cases for a reason.

The committee must approve the nomination before it passes to the full Senate for a vote.


In contrast, four Democrats are women - some with ambitions to challenge Trump in 2020.

"Its sole goal is to bully Dr. Ford and deprive her of the ability to make a considered decision that has life-altering implications", Katz said in the letter as read by CNN.

Republicans for days have been trying, with some success, not to blame the accuser in the high-stakes he-said-she-said roiling the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh. "So I thought that the president's tweet was completely inappropriate and wrong".

"You say, why didn't somebody call the Federal Bureau of Investigation 36 years ago?", Trump asked. They've delayed it a week already'.

"In the very near future, Judge Kavanaugh will be on the United States Supreme Court", McConnell said to applause from religious conservatives at the Value Voters Summit Friday.

On the other hand, if the confirmation vote takes place before the midterms, there are several Democrat senators facing tough reelections who may be forced to support Trump's Supreme Court pick. He has offered to send staffers to California to interview Ford.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell predicted Friday morning, just an hour after Trump tweeted his attack on Ford, that the Kavanaugh confirmation would plow ahead.

Kavanaugh has seen his near coronation in the lifetime judicial appointment transformed into a fight for his basic reputation.

Ford, who until now was unknown to the wider public, finds herself a lightning rod in everything from Washington power politics to the #MeToo movement of women breaking silence on decades of workplace harassment by powerful men.

The lawyer's statement repeats earlier reports of threats to Prof Ford and her family's safety, adding that she is "currently unable to go home".

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