Trump defends court nominee Kavanaugh, wants to hear from accuser

Chuck Grassley Has Sent Multiple Requests to Brett Kavanaugh's Accuser for Testimony She Isn't Responding

Showdown between Kavanaugh, accuser scheduled for next week

Christine Blasey Ford was hesitant to come forward with allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh because she feared facing public attacks.

He added: "I can only say this, he is such an outstanding man, very hard for me to imagine that anything happened".

Judge said on Tuesday he would not testify about the allegation and defended Kavanaugh.

"I understand that I have been identified by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford as the person she remembers as "PJ" who supposedly was present at the party she described in her statements to the Washington Post", Smyth said in his letter, CNN reported. "I feel so badly for him that he's going through this, to be honest with you", Reuters quoted Trump as saying.

The president is facing questions about Kavanaugh amid scrutiny of a woman's claim that the judge sexually assaulted her at a party when they were both in high school.

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A special hearing on the claim was set for Monday but Ms. Blasey Ford's lawyer said she won't testify until the FBI investigates the sexual assault.

"If she shows up, that would be wonderful".

She said Kavanaugh, "stumbling drunk", threw her down on a bed, grinding his body against hers and trying to pull off her one-piece bathing suit and the clothing she was wearing over it. Ford said when she tried to scream, he put his hand over her mouth.

The president again brushed off the idea of asking the Federal Bureau of Investigation to reopen its background check into Kavanaugh, something he has the power to order, saying "it would seem the Federal Bureau of Investigation doesn't do that" and deferring to senators to handle the process from this point forward.

"Well, I would let the senators take their course", he said. But Hill said it was really a question about the conditions of Ford's testimony are "actually tenable". "It can be closed, whatever Ms. Ford wants", said Sen.

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As Democrats press for more time to investigate, Republicans have been careful to say that Ford should have her chance to speak, and they have stressed that they are willing to move Monday's hearing behind closed doors, if she prefers.

In 2006, President George W. Bush watches the swearing-in ceremony of Brett Kavanaugh as judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia by U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, far right. Ford's lawyers said in a letter sent on Tuesday to Senator Chuck Grassley, the Judiciary Committee's Republican chairman, that she has faced "vicious harassment and even death threats" since coming forward on Sunday. Democrats refused to participate, saying the seriousness of the charges merited a full FBI investigation.

"This is not a man that deserves this", Trump said.

John Feehery, a Republican strategist, says the #MeToo movement is not just about justice - it's also about punishing those who have been in power for a long time.

Kavanaugh has denied the incident and said he is prepared to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee about it. He also, of course, called for the Kavanaugh confirmation vote to be postponed, which will likely push it until after the midterm election in which Democrats are hoping to secure a majority in the Senate.

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Given the politics, given energized women voters, given the new climate about sexual harassment, "it's very important that they give due respect to Dr. Ford".

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