Trump questions credibility of Kavanaugh accuser, lashes out at Democrats

Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh waits to testify during his confirmation hearings earlier this month

Continetti appeared on MSNBC's "Meet the Press Daily", where he discussed the coordinated response to Christine Blasey Ford's sexual assault allegation against Kavanaugh and how her lawyers have moved the goal posts on expectations for next week's hearing.

President Trump on Friday pointedly questioned the credibility of the woman who has accused Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh of sexual assault when they were teenagers, contending she would have reported the attack to law enforcement at the time if it were as bad as she has said.

Kavanaugh, a 53-year-old District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals judge, has repeatedly denied the accusation.

Thirty three protesters were arrested outside of Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles E. Grassley's office in the Hart Senate Office Building Thursday afternoon.

The Judiciary Committee also released the text of the previous offer, originally made with 5 p.m. deadline, that was put to Ford's lawyers after they failed to meet the 10 a.m. deadline for the Monday hearing. It wasn't until the media outed her that she chose to come forward. 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.

Among the terms were that Kavanaugh must be questioned first and that Kavanaugh can not be in the room when Ford testifies, two sources told Politico.

Meanwhile, Ford's lawyers continue to tussle with Republican leadership on the Senate Judiciary Committee about when, if ever, she will appear before the committee to testify.

Kavanaugh was spotted entering the White House on Thursday, likely to prepare for the committee hearing. In 2016, they had stuck with Donald Trump's campaign even as the Republican nominee was buffeted by accusations of sexual assault.

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Ford is willing to tell her story to the Judiciary Committee, whose senators will vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation - but only if agreement can be reached on what her attorney called "terms that are fair and which ensure her safety". Nonetheless, they also are inclined to believe he will, in the end, be confirmed: Just 11 percent predict he won't; 45 percent say he will.

What was Prof Ford's account?

Two others have said they have no recollection of any incident like the one Ford described.

Donald Trump has been accused of "victim-shaming" the professor who accused his new Supreme Court pick of attempted rape.

Katz said her client has received death threats, and that Ford and her family had been forced out of their California home. Christine Ford's allegations Friday, asking why she or her "loving parents" did not "immediately file charges" after the alleged attack. It could also threaten Kavanaugh's support with several Republicans - including Senators Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Jeff Flake of Arizona - who have not declared their stances on his nomination.

Mr Grassley's letter states that Prof Ford has until Friday morning to provide the committee with her prepared testimony and biography if she plans to testify next Monday. It's telling that the president tweeted out that "facts don't matter".

"A person who is terrified during some life-threatening, traumatic event tends to experience a surge of stress hormones that tend to render the experience very memorable, very vivid", Harvard psychology professor Richard McNally says.

But Democrats are furious that Trump has broken his silence about Ford. Kavanaugh's confirmation to the lifetime position would be the second of the Trump administration and solidify conservative control of the nation's top court.

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