Donald Trump breaks silence to attack Supreme Court nominee's accuser

Elias Hubbard
September 22, 2018

But the committee's chairman, Republican Senator Chuck Grassley, said the panel would hold a vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation on Monday unless a deal was reached with Ford's lawyers today. "Why didn't someone call the Federal Bureau of Investigation 36 years ago?"

The remark drew fury online, including accusations that Trump was "victim shaming" Ford. "I continue to want a hearing as soon as possible so that I can clear my name", he wrote.

The email said Ford's "strong preference" remains that the committee permit a thorough investigation of her claim before she appears. Aides did not respond to requests for more information.

Earlier on Thursday, committee Republicans chose to hire an outside counsel to lead their questioning of Ford, rather than the committee members themselves, according to a Republican Senate official familiar with the decision.

"I hope that our United States Senate will confirm him", Kessinger said. "It's not my normal approach to be indecisive".

"The rush to a hearing is unnecessary, and contrary to the Committee discovering the truth", she adds. Judge has said he has no memory of any such episode taking place, and Republican officials have deemed the proposal to subpoena him "a nonstarter".

Prof Ford and the Senate Judiciary Committee are engaged in a stand-off, and time is running out, the BBC's Gary O'Donoghue reports from Washington.

What are Ford's lawyers saying?

She said Ford needs time to make sure her family is secure, prepare her testimony and travel to Washington.

But Grassley says that although Ford should have the chance to tell her story, he won't wait forever.

Thus, my guess is that Grassley will give Ford another day and that she will respond on Saturday either with another counter-proposal or an agreement to Grassley's terms.

If the hearing proceeds, Republicans will be forced to walk a careful line in questioning Ford's account without alienating women voters ahead of the elections.

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., September 20, 2018.

Trump tweeted that if Ford thought what happened to her years ago was "as bad as she says, " she should have alerted law enforcement.

Judge, for his part, told USA Today he had no recollection of the incident in question taking place and had "no information to offer" the Judiciary Committee on the matter.

"I was appalled by the President's tweet", Collins said Friday, according to audio obtained by CNN of an event where she spoke with local reporters.

But Democrats are furious that Trump has broken his silence about Ford.

Committee Chairman US. Sen. "To me Monday is the preferred date but I don't see a problem with delaying to Wednesday or Thursday". Ford alleges the assault occurred while another individual, whom she has identified as Mark Judge, was in the room and only ended when Judge jumped on them, allowing her an opportunity to escape.

Kavanaugh has denied the allegation and said he would testify to that under oath. A flood of anti-Kavanaugh protesters also descended on Capitol Hill Thursday while more Senate offices reported receiving threats related to the nomination.

No one should question Dr. Balsey Ford's account based on how long ago the attack happened or when she chose to come forward.

She alleged a "stumbling drunk" 17-year-old Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a Maryland house party in 1982 when both were in high school.

"Keep the faith, don't get rattled by it", McConnell said at the Values Voter Summit.

"We want to hear Dr. Ford's testimony and are prepared to accommodate many of your demands, including further delaying a hearing that is now scheduled for Monday", Grassley said in a statement.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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