Kavanaugh's accuser wants FBI probe before she testifies

The Justice Department previously said her allegation against Kavanaugh "does not involve any potential federal crime" to warrant an FBI investigation.

Former classmate Jenny Yerrick Martin said she knew Ford from seventh to ninth grades when they both attended Holton.

She told The Washington Post that Kavanaugh forced her into a room at a high school party in suburban Maryland in the 1980s and "was trying to attack me and remove my clothing" and that he covered her mouth when she tried to scream for help.

Kavanaugh has denied being at the party and the allegation of sexually and physically assaulting Ford.

The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a hearing for Monday for Kavanaugh and accuser Ford to answer questions from senators about the allegation, though it's unclear if Ford will accept the invitation. Flake said he told No. 2 Senate Republican leader John Cornyn of Texas on Sunday that "if we didn't give her a chance to be heard, then I would vote no".

The woman who accuses US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of attempting to rape her will not testify to the Senate next week, says her lawyer.

"We should honor Dr. Blasey Ford's wishes and delay this hearing", Feinstein said.

"We're going to proceed - there's no question about it", Hatch said.

McConnell says Ford's allegation "stands at odds with every other piece of the overwhelmingly positive testimony we've received" about Kavanaugh.

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Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, who is on the Judiciary Committee, said Republicans are "naturally" concerned about the optics of having only Republican men question Ford "because there's always a lot of prejudice in these matters".

Blasey Ford's attorneys told NPR's Morning Edition and other outlets that Ford is willing to testify.

Republicans, who have rejected calls for an Federal Bureau of Investigation inquiry, indicated that they would consider moving forward with the hearing Monday even if Ford didn't testify. "More to the point, I never saw Brett act in the manner Dr Ford describes", the letter quoted Judge as saying.

Democrats were quick to back her call for a delay.

"Personally speaking, I have known Brett Kavanaugh since high school and I know him to be a person of great integrity, a great friend, and I have never witnessed any improper conduct by Brett Kavanaugh towards women".

Another friend, Julie Devol, said: "I knew him since 1980, this is not his personality". In a photo-op earlier in the Oval Office, Trump also said he supported the planned hearing next week. As the scandal drags on, Donald Trump has once again voiced his support for the Supreme Court Justice nominee, noting Tuesday that he was "not a man who deserves this", and stressing that the allegations "should've been brought up long ago". They also want more witnesses besides Kavanaugh and Ford, hoping to avoid what they said would turn into merely a "he-said-she-said" moment.

The Post reported that Ford is a registered Democrat who has made small contributions to political organizations. Ford has listed a set of requirements for her to testify.

Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, told MSNBC on Tuesday that the White House should request an FBI investigation of the sexual-assault accusation and any refusal to do so by Republicans would amount to rushing to confirm him. Feinstein of California, the top Democrat on the judiciary panel, she thinks the hearing should be delayed. Murkowski said Ford's story "must be taken seriously". "If Ford doesn't want an investigation than she shouldn't have gotten into this game in the first place", he said.

And he will do that in a scheduled hearing Monday, in what Democrats worry will be a replay of another he-said, she-said exercise in 1991 when Anita Hill came forward with sexual harassment allegations against then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas.

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