Kavanaugh, accuser say they're ready to testify - but how?

Now, more than 25 years later, it's possible that women will again witness a private woman testify against a Supreme Court nominee, this time with Ford's allegations of teenage sexual assault.

Having said that, the Kavanaugh drama needs to be assessed without regard for the Washington D.C. swamp's tribal cacophony. Frankly, that's what I would have expected them to say. But the optics of the hearing and controversy around his confirmation led women to run, and win, in historic numbers a year later, in 1992.

Unfortunately, committee Republicans have only known this person's identity from news reports for less than 24 hours and known about her allegations for less than a week. 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". "We have to get to the bottom of this".

Kavanaugh and the woman accusing him of physical and sexual assault, Christine Blasey Ford, will testify, a source with knowledge of the schedule tells CNN. Both were then teenagers. Kavanaugh has "categorically" denied the allegations.

Kavanaugh has denied that the incident occurred, calling the allegation "completely false".

Kavanaugh said in his statement he "had no idea who was making this accusation until she identified herself".

The White House said that the FBI has repeatedly investigated Mr Kavanaugh since the 1990s for highly sensitive positions he has held, including in the office of independent counsel Ken Starr, at the White House and his current post on the federal appeals court in Washington.

Ford's former high school is located seven miles away from Kavanaugh's former high school, and each of them are single-sex educational institutions.

"She's willing to testify under oath", the senator said.

"This is not just Kavanaugh that is on trial. This should happen before the Senate moves forward on this nominee", Feinstein said. "It is really not fair to either of them the way it is was handled".

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said he was trying to arrange to hear Ford in "an appropriate, precedented and respectful manner".

In a letter sent later, all 10 Democrats on the Judiciary Committee urged Grassley to postpone Thursday's scheduled vote.

Two Republican candidates in tight Senate races did express impatience Monday.

"We can not brush aside these extraordinarily serious allegations in an unseemly rush to confirm Judge Kavanaugh to a lifetime seat", Leahy said in a separate statement issued later Monday morning. And Democrats refused to attend the meeting where judiciary staffers questioned Kavanaugh on the allegations, claiming the efforts weren't sufficient.

"Allegations surrounding sexual assault must be taken seriously and the Judiciary Committee must look into this further".

Although the White House appeared to stand behind Kavanaugh, senior adviser Kellyanne Conway said on Monday that sworn testimony from both Kavanaugh and Ford on the specific allegation should be considered as part of the record in the judge's hearings. This isn't about Kavanaugh's character or his fitness for the Supreme Court.

"If he doesn't make it, it could be way more helpful as a rallying cry for our base turnout", said one Republican consultant working on the midterms, who asked for anonymity to discuss internal polling. "The Democratic base in already excited". "I wish the Democrats could have done this a lot sooner because they had this information for many months and they shouldn't have waited until literally the last days, they should have done it a lot sooner".

  • Leroy Wright