Trump says he wants to hear from Kavanaugh accuser

Republicans are forging ahead with plans for a nationally televised Senate hearing on a woman's claims that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were high schoolers.

"She is very friendly, outgoing and brilliant, and she is a great mother", said clinical psychologist Erin Heinemeyer, a mentee of Ford's who is also a friend.

The full power of the White House is behind Kavanaugh, Hirono said, which puts Ford at a disadvantage and victimizes her: "Haven't we been here before with the Clarence Thomas hearings?"

Long before she chose to come forward, Ford, now 51, had built a new life for herself in Malibu, Honolulu and the San Francisco Bay area, embracing academia, surfing, cheering on the Stanford football team and taking in outdoor rock concerts.

One of the first criticisms Senate Republicans had of the allegation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh committed sexual assault at age 17 was to ask why Democrats had waited until the last minute to take any action on the letter, despite having it for weeks.

President Donald Trump has upped his defence of Kavanaugh and expressed sympathy toward his nominee, who met with officials at the White House for a second straight day though not with the President. Only after the details of her experience were leaked did Dr. Ford make the reluctant decision to come forward publicly. Her family has relocated, they said.

Ms Ford's lawyers said yesterday she would not appear before the Senate until after the FBI investigates the allegations.

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said he had "a lot of questions" for Kavanaugh. "I think that's going to [tick] off an terrible lot of people, including women, who are more prone to vote in this day and age than men are". Judge, who has written about his teenage alcoholism, said he had no memory of party and had never seen Kavanaugh behave in the manner she described.

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President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that there is no need for Federal Bureau of Investigation involvement in the scandal threatening to derail his pick for a coveted place on the US Supreme Court. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has offered to allow Ford, a professor at Palo Alto University, to speak either in private or in public before the committee, but has made clear her only opportunity will be Monday.

With the risk that further delay could imperil the Kavanaugh nomination, GOP senators fought to make Monday the drop-dead deadline for addressing the Blasey Ford accusation, insisting that it's time to move on with or without her testimony. "At the same time, however, her worst fears have materialized".

Feinstein and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY were among a number of Democrats who demanded a delay in the Senate Judiciary vote to hear from Ford, including all 10 Democrats on the committee. He has the power to stall consideration if all Democrats on the panel join him since Republicans only hold an 11-10 majority on the committee. Republicans are aiming for full Senate confirmation before the Supreme Court term begins October 1. Dianne Feinstein of California, had a letter from Ford outlining the alleged attack.

"We will delay the process until it's finished out", Trump said.

Several former colleagues said that, as a biostatistician and psychologist, Ford was known for her scrupulous and meticulous professional conduct. "I'm not concerned about tanking the nomination", he said.

Warren's willingness to co-opt others' misfortunes for her own benefit knows no limit.

"I thought he might inadvertently kill me", the Post quoted Ford as saying.

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