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Trump says no Federal Bureau of Investigation probe needed on Supreme Court pick

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On Tuesday night, Christine Blasey Ford's lawyers sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee demanding an FBI investigation into her allegations against Kavanaugh before she testifies to the committee, as Republicans have invited her to do next Monday. Ford claimed to The Washington Post that she ultimately got away despite Kavanaugh and another boy turning the music up and covered her mouth so no one could hear her cries. "If they wanted to be, I would certainly do that, but as you know, they say this is not really their thing". They say she can testify in a private session if she wishes. "At the same time, however, her worst fears have materialized". His letter to Ford's lawyers says his committee's hearing on her allegations of sexual abuse will begin Monday morning.

Trump has already rejected the idea of bringing in the Federal Bureau of Investigation to reopen its background check of Kavanaugh.

The comments have called into question the hearing scheduled for next Monday in which she and Kavanaugh were expected to testify.

By the way, Democrats may well partly want to delay this until after the midterms.

Republican staffers on the Judiciary panel have interviewed Kavanaugh and sought an interview with Ford.

Trump questioned why the accusation became public only on Friday, after Kavanaugh had undergone four days of questioning in early September.

Any defections from Republicans' narrow Senate majority could sink the nomination and deal a major setback to Trump.

Only Fischer and Hyde-Smith are on the ballot this year. "And we want to get it over with", Trump said. And if she refuses to show up, the vote should proceed without further delay. "We'll have to make a decision".

Some Republicans pointed to the decades between the alleged attack and now. And yet, she decided she was willing to come forward and tell her story. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said in a statement Wednesday. "Only then should the chairman set a hearing date", Feinstein said. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, Sen. What about experts who can speak to the effects of this kind of trauma on a victim? "It's the men in this country". It's at least as likely that, witnessing the #MeToo movement and feeling as though this whole thing was bigger than just her, Ford changed her mind on speaking out. And according to one of her friends quoted in this Mercury News story, Ford told her about the alleged assault by Kavanaugh in 2017 - long before he was Trump's pick to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court.

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If the Monday hearing happens, Ford's claims and character will be on trial whether or not she's physically there.

Hyde-Smith questioned the timing of the revelation by Sen.

"Immediately after learning of Dr. Ford's identity from news reports Sunday, committee staff started working to gather facts related to her claims". "I did not do this back in high school or at any time", Kavanaugh said in a statement last week.

"This nomination should not be treated differently simply because of an artificial deadline to rush the confirmation process", the letter states.

The controversy hands Senate Democrats considering challenging Trump in 2020 a rich opportunity, and they're taking it.

Balsamo reported from NY.

Ford's attorneys say she wants the FBI to investigate her allegation before she testifies. I think he's a man of great intellect, as I've been telling you, and he had this unblemished record.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren of MA posted a video on her Twitter feed of a speech Kavanaugh gave in 2015 in which he recalls his life with three friends at Georgetown Preparatory School. But I just think he is at a level that we rarely see, not only in government, anywhere in life. "Very hard for me to imagine that anything happened".

October 15, 1991: The Senate confirms Thomas in a 52-48 vote, the narrowest margin in the 20th century.

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