GRASSLEY SPEAKS: Senate Judiciary Chairman Releases Kavanaugh Statement

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh at his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing in Washington on Sept. 6 2018. MUST CREDIT Bloomberg

"Brett Kavanaugh's nomination process has been anything but transparent, and now with this grave charge of sexual assault, this process must be halted immediately", said HRC President Chad Griffin.

Kavanaugh was seen Monday morning arriving at the White House, which has stood by the judge in the face of the accusations.

Mr Grassley had earlier stopped short of calling for a public hearing, or for delaying the committee's vote on Mr Kavanaugh which was originally planned for Thursday of this week.

The Supreme Court often gives the final word on highly contentious laws and its nine judges have an vast impact on U.S. political life. A potential "no" vote from Flake would complicate the judge's prospects.

"This has not changed", said White House spokesman Kerri Kupec on Monday.

Could there be a delay?

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McCaskill has been closely scrutinized by both sides of the aisle for how she'll vote on President Donald Trump's nominee as she runs for re-election in a state Trump won by double digits.

In a press call Monday afternoon, leaders from several progressive organizations said the allegation against Kavanaugh should force his withdrawal.

"Do you recall what it was?" pressed Senator Biden.

McConnell says he has "great confidence" in the Senate Judiciary Committee's GOP chairman, Chuck Grassley, who has said he will seek interviews with both Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford. "For me, we can't vote until we hear more". "I did not do this back in high school or at any time", Kavanaugh said when the allegation first came to light last week.

Bob Corker, a Tennessee Republican, also said the vote should be delayed until Prof Ford was heard, while Lisa Murkowski told CNN a delay was something "they might have to consider".

On Monday morning, Democrats stepped up calls for a delay in the committee vote.

Ford said Kavanaugh and a friend - both "stumbling drunk", she says - corralled her in a bedroom at a Maryland party in the early 1980s when she was around 15 and Kavanaugh was around 17.

Grassley said that so far, the Judiciary committee's top Democrat, Dianne Feinstein of California, has refused to help schedule telephone interviews.

The Democrats have demanded a delay.

Nearly the exact same series of events occurred in 1991, when law professor Anita Hill came forward to testify that then Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas sexually harassed her when she was assisting Thomas at the Department of Education in 1981.

So will the panel hear testimony?

. In the letter, Ford said she had received medical treatment after the assault, adding that "it is upsetting to discuss sexual assault and its repercussions, yet I felt guilty and compelled as a citizens about the idea of not saying anything". She told the Post, "I thought he might inadvertently kill me".

Iowa GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley, the committee chairman, said in a statement following the report that the timing of the allegations shortly before the committee's scheduled vote was "disturbing". Kavanaugh has repeatedly denied the allegations, reiterating again on Monday that he has never done "anything like what the accuser describes - to her or anyone".

If the allegations were true, however, it would also mean that Kavanaugh has been lying for days about what actually happened during the night when he allegedly tried to rape Ford.

Ford initially contacted both Feinstein and The Washington Post in July, but at the time, she was not willing to make her allegation publicly. "She was weighing her desire and her belief that she had a civic duty to provide this information to those making the decision about Brett Kavanaugh with, frankly, her fear about coming forward, and there was going to be great personal risk to her and her family in doing so". When she tried to scream, she said, he put his hand over her mouth.

Kavanaugh, 53, "categorically and unequivocally" denied the allegation when it came out anonymously last week.

In addition to Drudge, Trump-loving conservative pundits Mark Levin and Kurt Schlichter also shared the false claim that Ford's students gave her extremely negative ratings on RateMyProfessors.

What could happen with the vote?

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"They should be examined thoroughly and fairly by the Judiciary Committee without any artificial timeline".

Republicans hold a slim 11-10 advantage on the Judiciary Committee. If the Committee does end up voting in Kavanaugh's favor, the nomination would then go before the full Senate.

Two sources close to the confirmation process, however, told Breitbart News that Republicans will not yield to that pressure. In 1992, the number of women elected to Congress increased dramatically, rising from 34 to 54, according to the Congressional Research Service.

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