Brett Kavanaugh, accuser Christine Blasey Ford, to appear before judiciary committee

Brett Kavanaugh, accuser Christine Blasey Ford, to appear before judiciary committee

"I'd like everybody to be very happy", he added. A Republican not on the committee, Sen.

Kavanaugh has since issued a statement saying "I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation". Ford's attorney, Debra Katz, said Monday morning on cable television that her client was willing to do so as well.

He has since publicly apologized to Hill, saying previous year that he was "so sorry that she had to go through what she went through".

"We're living in a different time than 27 years ago" during the Thomas hearings, said Patti Solis Doyle, who served as Biden's campaign chief of staff in 2008, when he was the vice presidential nominee.

Leahy dismissed Republican complaints that the information was coming to light near the end of the confirmation process, arguing that they had rushed the process and failed to turn over records of Kavanaugh's government service.

A draft of the letter, written by alumnae of Ford's alma mater, the prestigious all-girls Holton-Arms School in Bethesda, Maryland, reads, "We believe Dr. Blasey Ford and are grateful that she came forward to tell her story".

In the alleged assault, Ford claimed that Kavanaugh held her down on a bed in a locked room while he covered her mouth and tried to force himself on her. Mark Judge, a classmate of Kavanaugh's who Ford says was in the room when the attack happened, strongly denied witnessing at attempted assault.

"Anybody who comes forward at this point to be prepared to testify in the United States Senate against someone who's being nominated to one of the most powerful positions in the United States government, that takes an extraordinary amount of courage", said Harris.

Mr Kavanaugh, 53, has released a statement calling the allegation against him "completely false".

With Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation still in the balance, Republicans on the hill and in Trump's White House are scurrying to try to discredit Ford's story the best they can.

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"We are women who have known Brett Kavanaugh for more than 35 years and knew him while he attended high school between 1979 and 1983", the women wrote in a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee members Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.). "I have never done anything like what the accuser describes - to her or to anyone".

Ford said Kavanaugh and a friend - both "stumbling drunk" - corralled her in a bedroom when she was around 15 and Kavanaugh was around 17.

Graham said that the attempt to stop Kavanaugh in this way is "part of a pattern".

The federal circuit judge declared he had "never done anything like what the accuser describes". Now [Feinstein has] talked to [Blasey Ford] and got her to agree to come forward publicly.

"It was that women were looking to the Senate Judiciary Committee and his leadership to really open the way to have these kinds of hearings", Hill said.

"I thought he might inadvertently kill me", she was quoted as saying in the newspaper.

Seeing an opening, some Democrats are surely wondering if they can delay votes on Kavanaugh's nomination at least until after the midterm elections.

The testimonies "would be added to the very considerable mountain of evidence and considerations that folks will have when they weigh whether or not to vote for judge Kavanaugh to be on the Supreme Court".

All of the Democrats on the judiciary committee sent a letter to Grassley earlier in the day asking to delay the hearing until the FBI conducted a thorough investigation.

"A lot more people believe the right thing is to believe a woman's charges, especially when a woman is willing to go public", says Jim Manley, former spokesman for retired Sen.

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