Kavanaugh accuser hasn't accepted invite to testify; Dems complain about hearing plans

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies during the third day of his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington US on Sept 6 2018

"Neither the Judiciary Committee nor the full Senate should vote on Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court until that takes place".

Kane said she also "couldn't believe" the allegations, adding that she attended the judge's public confirmation hearings and witnessed several other women offering statements supporting Kavanaugh. Katz said, "I would say no one in their right mind regardless of their motive would want to inject themselves into this process and face the kind of annihilation that she will be subjected to by those who want this nominee to go through".

Debra Katz, a lawyer representing Ford, said in television interviews on Monday that the professor would be willing to testify and called the alleged incident "attempted rape".

White House adviser Kellyanne Conway told reporters earlier Monday Ford "should not be insulted and she should not be ignored".

Republicans, some of whom see the allegations as a stalling tactic by Democrats, have been pushing to confirm Kavanaugh before November's mid-term elections when they could lose control of the Senate.

"I have never done anything like what the accuser describes - to her or to anyone", Mr Kavanaugh said in a statement issued by the White House, his first comment since Ms Ford's identity was revealed on Sunday.

Thomas's confirmation hearings were re-opened after a former colleague, Anita Hill, accused him of sexually harassing her while they worked at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Kavanaugh has vigorously denied the allegations, saying they are "completely false". "I think that's going to [tick] off an bad lot of people, including women, who are more prone to vote in this day and age than men are". Ford is a professor, so some of Kavanaugh's online defenders made a decision to dig up student reviews of her classes. And I would surely hope she'd come Monday.

"I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation", he said in a statement distributed by the White House.

Christine Blasey Ford claimed that Kavanaugh and his friend were "stumbling drunk", and cornered her into a bedroom. Her therapist in 2012 wrote that there were four boys present, a discrepancy Ford attributed to a mistake on the therapist's part.

The Trump administration has already undermined American confidence in so many of our institutions, and they seem to be gunning for democracy itself. Spurred on by the #MeToo movement, sexual misconduct receives much more attention than it did then, and allegations of wrongdoing have toppled powerful men in politics, media, the arts and other fields.

All 10 Democratic Party members of the Senate Judiciary Committee are calling for the panel's Republican chairman to postpone Thursday's planned vote on Kavanaugh.

The allegation became public after the contents of a letter Ford sent to California Sen.

"If it takes a little delay it'll take a little delay", Trump said.

Senate Republicans have decided Kavanaugh should defend himself, and he is ready to do so.

"I stand to believe there's no such thing as a "he-said-she-said" case", Linda Fairstein said.

The Republican leader criticized Democrats for sitting on the information during weeks of debate on Kavanaugh's nomination. Thomas was confirmed, but the hearings had huge political ramifications and raised awareness of workplace sexual harassment. After they had gone, Ford left the party but is unable to recall how she got home. "She was always warm, and she's a really, really good girl ... won probably every single award you could probably win at Holton Arms".

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