Kavanaugh Accuser Wants an FBI Probe Before She'll Testify - Now What?

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus signs letter supporting Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford

22 September, 2018

But Ford's lawyers say in a letter to Committee Chairman, Republican Chuck Grassley, that some of the senators on the committee "appear to have made up their minds" and believe Kavanaugh.

The Latest on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the woman who accuses him of sexually assaulting her decades ago (all times local): 10:05 a.m. President Donald Trump says "we'll have to..."

"I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents", Trump said in the tweet, which was his first to mention his Supreme Court nominee's accuser by name.

"I think we have to give her the hearing that she deserves, with actual investigation like there would be for any kind of trial on this kind of issue", Sack said. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, detailing the allegations. Kavanaugh attended Georgetown Prep, a private school that often socialized with Holton-Arms (Supreme Court judge Neil Gorsuch is also an alum). Only if the White House "demands it" will the FBI investigate the claim, Carlson said.

It was thought that Ford had stated through her attorney Debra Katz that she was willing to testify publicly before the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding her allegations, but the conditions have changed.

"I have never done anything like what the accuser describes - to her or to anyone", he said.

The allegation now threatens to inject a potentially heated "he said-she said" battle into the looming midterm congressional elections. And I would surely hope she'd come Monday. "She's not prepared to talk with them at a hearing on Monday", Banks said on CNN on Tuesday night.

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Ford has said Kavanaugh was "stumbling drunk" during a small party in high school at which he pinned her to a bed, groped her over her clothes, and covered her mouth with his hand when she started to scream.

"If she shows up and makes a credible showing, that will be very interesting and we'll have to make a decision", Trump told reporters as he left the White House for a trip to the Carolinas. She married Russell Ford in Half Moon Bay in 2002.

Kavanaugh has said in a statement that he "unequivocally" denies the accusation.

Ford does not want Kavanaugh in the room when she testifies and her team does not want an outside questioner on the Republican side to be brought in, a source in Ford's camp tells NPR's Nina Totenberg.

"Everything could be considered now", Grassley said after Hewitt suggested tapping former Republican senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire to question Ford.

Some Democratic lawmakers have also called for an FBI investigation.

He added: "Hopefully the woman will come forward, state her case". However, she and her lawyers have been insisting on a full FBI investigation into the alleged, almost four-decades-old assault despite the FBI considering the case to be closed.

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