Trump Swipes at Kavanaugh Accuser Christine Blasey Ford on Twitter

Trump Swipes at Kavanaugh Accuser Christine Blasey Ford on Twitter

Trump Swipes at Kavanaugh Accuser Christine Blasey Ford on Twitter

The discussion revived the possibility that the panel would hold an electrifying campaign-season hearing at which both Ford and President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee could give their versions of what did or didn't happen at a party in the 1980s.

Also in Colorado, Linda Gumeson, 70, said she couldn't believe allegations that were more than three decades old were being taken seriously today.

"Dr. Ford has asked me to let you know that she appreciates the various options you have suggested", Katz wrote.

Senior Republican Senator John Cornyn of Texas told CNN: "If she doesn't want to participate and tell her story, there's no reason for us to delay". But she doesn't belong to the Judiciary Committee. "There's a lot of insane stuff going on, especially if there's alcohol involved", she said.

How might that have to work?

Taylor Foy, spokesman for Republicans on the panel, said that Grassley "will consult with his colleagues on the committee".

Republicans on Capitol Hill and White House officials immediately sought to distance themselves from Whelan's claims.

The email was a sharp turnabout from statements by Ford and her lawyers in the past few days, in which her insistence on an FBI investigation of her allegations and other demands had cast strong doubts on her willingness to appear.

Interested in Supreme Court?

But Democrats and Ford's attorneys pressed Grassley to first agree to an FBI investigation of the alleged incident and to invite other witnesses to appear at any public hearing.

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Prof Ford says Brett Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed and tried to take off her clothes What are the other developments?

"I think it's not fair to Judge Kavanaugh for her not to come forward and testify", moderate Republican Senator Susan Collins, whose vote could be crucial, said in a radio interview.

The FBI has already conducted a background check on Kavanaugh and added Ford's letter to Kavanaugh's file.

Why did Feinstein wait so long?

Just 9 percent of Democrats support Kavanaugh's confirmation, compared with 70 percent of Republicans. She said Ford needs time to make sure her family is secure, prepare her testimony and travel to Washington.

Asking Kavanaugh to go first is "not doable" according to the source, noting he would need to respond to any new accusation that comes up at the hearing.

Joe Walsh, a former Republican congressman from IL, was less tempered in his criticism.

Senate Republicans have been clamoring to get Ford in front of the committee before lawmakers vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court. The Judiciary Committee reportedly also has volunteered to send investigators to Palo Alto, Calif., where Ford lives, to talk with her there outside the view of TV cameras. Ford has said Judge witnessed the alleged assault. She wants the FBI to investigate to establish a baseline of facts about what she and others say before she'll agree to talk to the Judiciary Committee, especially in a public hearing.

"No one should make light of this situation", wrote Flake, who is retiring from the Senate at the end of his term.

It's against the law to lie to Congress, but lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation is considered really serious. "They've investigated about six times before, and it seems that they don't do that".

Exactly. All this is also taking place amid a thick bramble of political maneuvering. They fear that without a shared set of facts, Republicans would simply move quickly after the testimony to confirm Kavanaugh.

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