Kavanaugh And Accuser To Testify Publicly Before Senators Next Week

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Kavanaugh had been on a smooth confirmation track, but the new allegations have roiled that process.

"She should be heard", Conway told reporters, adding that the accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, should also testify under oath on Capitol Hill.

Donald Trump Jr. shared a meme mocking the sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in an Instagram post on Sunday, dismissing the "Dems and their usual nonsense". Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said Monday.

Kavanaugh, 53, whose confirmation had seemed to be on a smooth trajectory, went to the White House on Monday. She says that a small group of students were drinking at a home in suburban Maryland, and that Kavanaugh and a friend, Mark Judge, were heavily intoxicated.

"She should not be ignored or insulted". They've both said they're willing to testify before Congress.

"He said this did not happen and he's naturally very upset about it", Hatch said. "An outstanding judge. Respected by everybody", the president said.

"Unfortunately, committee Republicans have only known this person's identity from news reports for less than 24 hours and known about her allegations for less than a week".

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"No one in their right mind, regardless of their motive, would want to inject themselves into this process and face the kind of annihilation that she will be subjected to by those who want this nominee to go through", the attorney told NBC.

The White House and other Kavanaugh supporters had dismissed the allegation of sexual misconduct when it was initially conveyed in a private letter.

Trump did not comment directly on Ford's claim that a drunken Kavanaugh and one of his friends trapped her in a room and attempted to pull her clothes off at a high school party in 1982.

"It's not fair to either of them", he said. Bernie Sanders, took to Twitter to say the allegations deserve a "full investigation" and the Senate should not vote on "Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court until that takes place". The signatories span decades at the school, both before, during and after Ford attended.

Trump stayed publicly silent on Kavanaugh over the weekend but told reporters Monday afternoon that "a little delay" may be needed on the upcoming Senate Judiciary Committee vote. Jeff Flake of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of SC, said they wanted to hear more from Ford. Susan Collins, a key Republican swing vote who has been at the center of the left's efforts to block the judge's nomination to the Supreme Court.

The announcement comes four days after Republican members, in a committee business meeting, blocked four attempts by Democrats to subpoena the White House for the Kavanaugh documents. Bob Corker of Tennessee, said the vote should be postponed until the committee heard from Ford. Contacted Sunday by CNN, Sen.

But Conway said such testimony "should not unduly delay the vote".

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The Justice Department said in a statement late Monday that the accusation against Kavanaugh "does not involve any potential federal crime".

Most Republicans have carved out their stance that follow-up calls should be made with Kavanaugh and Ford. Dianne Feinstein with her account of the incident, but requested confidentiality.

The next session of the Supreme Court opens on October 1. "In fact, she was quite reluctant to come forward". In a statement to the Post, she said, "These are all the ills that I was trying to avoid". "Because this never happened, I had no idea who was making the accusation until she identified herself yesterday".

Three red-state Democrats, Sens.

If Republicans pause Kavanaugh's nomination now, then decide to go forward with it after the election, they'd be operating as lame ducks, voted out of the majority by the American people.

"I noticed the date of the letter and wondered why the information had not been released long ago", she said.

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