Sen. Claire McCaskill: 'I Will Vote No On Judge Kavanaugh'

IN SPOTLIGHT Sen. Chuck Grassley, center has faced some criticism on how he has handled plans for letting a woman testify about her allegations that Judge Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were in high school

President Trump said Wednesday that her performance in that hearing could determine whether he stands by his embattled nominee. "That is why I have invited Dr. Ford to tell her story to the Senate and, if she so chooses, the American people". Kavanaugh has denied Ford's allegation, and Judge says he doesn't remember any such thing.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, center, walks past members of the media as he heads to the Senate floor on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018.

Here's why: Even if Republicans were to agree that the Federal Bureau of Investigation should look into the new charges lodged by Christine Blasey Ford, there are no circumstances under which Trump would ever accept the FBI's findings, should they cast further doubt on Kavanaugh's nomination or even fail to fully exonerate him, as legitimate. "It can be closed, whatever Ms. Ford wants", said Sen.

The Washington Post was first to report on the statement. "She deserves to be treated with respect and fairness by the Senate". "Her email has been hacked, and she has been impersonated online", it added.

"The rush to a hearing is unnecessary, and contrary to the Committee discovering the truth, " Banks wrote.

The president could act on Blasey Ford's request for an FBI investigation.

Why did the Senate set a deadline?

Her lawyers wrote to the Senate Judiciary Committee saying Ford wants to cooperate.

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump, said today he wants "to hear what she has to say", "feels awful for...the unfair process" Kavanaugh has been subjected to.

Regardless of whether Kavanaugh is confirmed, treating Ford poorly would undermine the Senate and the Supreme Court, and further divide an already ailing nation.

Women who signed the letter said they didn't know about or recall the party Ford described, and they said her account of a "stumbling drunk" Kavanaugh didn't jibe with their memories of a boy who drank some beer alongside them but never lost control or crossed a line with girls.

He said he was "disturbed" to hear that she had been facing threats and harassment, but urged her to speak before the committee.


"In the 36 hours since her name became public, Dr. Ford has received a stunning amount of support from her community and from fellow citizens across our country", the letter reads.

On Saturday the president's son posted a crayon-drawn note poking fun at a woman who had accused Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were teens.

The incident allegedly happened at a gathering of teenagers at a house, when Mr Kavanaugh and a friend allegedly "corralled" her into a bedroom.

Judge Kavanaugh continues to deny the claim and has this week been meeting White House officials.

But Skelley said if Trump did campaign for Republicans, it should be in places where he's popular.

Trump, star of that infamous "grab 'em by the p**sy" Access Hollywood tape, assured reporters today he finds it "very hard for me to imagine that anything happened" between Kavanaugh and Ford, as she has claimed.

"To refuse to treat this properly and try to confirm Judge Kavanaugh at any cost tells women that once again they are not important and they are not to be believed", Gillibrand said, adding, "that you are worth less than a man's promotion". "If she shows up that would be wonderful".

Trump indicated that his patience is wearing thin, even telling thehill.com political website that the scandal resembles what he called "the witch hunt" by a special prosecutor into allegations that he colluded with Russian Federation in his surprise 2016 election.

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

For Democrats hoping to hurt Trump before November congressional elections, when they hope to retake at least one house of the Republican-dominated Congress, the row is a godsend.

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