Sen. Johnson says panel should hear from Kavanaugh accuser

The Republican leader criticized Democrats for sitting on the information during weeks of debate on Kavanaugh's nomination.

"The judge who I know very, very well, is an honest man, said this didn't happen", Hatch said, according to The Hill.

The woman, Christine Blasey Ford, discussed her accusation in an interview with The Washington Post. A committee spokesman had said Sunday that Grassley was trying to arrange those phone calls but only for aides to Grassley and Feinstein before Thursday's scheduled vote.

Wisconsin's USA senators agreed Monday that both Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the woman accusing him of a decades-old sexual assault should testify before a Senate committee. "In the meantime, I hope Ms. Blasey Ford receives the respect and dignity to which she is entitled".

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren tweeted yesterday, "Christine Blasey Ford is fearless, deserves to be heard, and treated with respect as she raises new questions about Brett Kavanaugh".

Until Monday, Trump had remained silent about the allegations against Kavanaugh.

Dr Ford, 51, a clinical psychology professor at Palo Alto University in California, said: "I thought he might inadvertently kill me". Kavanaugh has offered a full denial, saying: "I have never done anything like what the accuser describes - to her or to anyone".

"Nevertheless, we are working diligently to get to the bottom of these claims", Grassley said.

"Unfortunately, committee Democrats have refused to join us in this effort".

Democrats, already fiercely opposed to Kavanaugh, whose confirmation could consolidate the conservative grip on the top US court, had demanded a delay in the committee's vote to let the FBI investigate.

Mr Kavanaugh, 53, says the allegation against him is "completely false".

It is in the best interests of this process to fully air the accusations, with both Ford and Kavanaugh under oath.

Another Democrat on the panel, Sen. Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin III of West Virginia, also called for slowing the process. "The chain of custody of this letter runs through the Democratic side of the judiciary committee", he said.

While Ford initially sought to keep her allegation confidential, she said she opted to go public once the allegation emerged in the public eye and reporters began pursuing her. Hatch also said of Ford that "there's some question whether she's mixed up" in her account of the alleged incident.

"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. Orrin G. Hatch, Utah Republican.

Now, several Senate Democrats and Republicans say Kavanaugh's confirmation proceedings, which are set to take place this week, should be halted until they can question Ford and Kavanaugh. "I voted against Clarence Thomas", he said during the 2017 Glamour Women of the Year Summit. But the president said Kavanaugh's nomination is "on track".

"Trying to rush this through on Thursday is an insult to the women of America and an insult to the majesty of the Supreme Court of the United States", Schumer said. Ford said Kavanaugh put his hand over her mouth when she tried to scream.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh was seen arriving to the West Wing just past 10 a.m. ET on Monday, swiftly ducking into the building after stepping from a black SUV. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), to postpone the vote so that the Federal Bureau of Investigation could investigate. "Unless something else gets dislodged from historical memory" or other women come forward with accusations, "odds are that he will be confirmed". "I never saw Brett act that way", Judge said. Ford is willing to appear before Congress, and Conway urged the Senate Judiciary Committee to hear her testimony under oath. She says there were four boys at the party but only two carried out this alleged assault. Louis-Dreyfus said she graduated from the private school in 1979. That process is "very thorough, I can assure you", she said.

Republicans were under heavy political pressure - including some from members of their own party - to hold a public hearing and they finally caved on the issue Monday evening. During that meeting, Ford asked for complete confidentiality.

USA TODAY does not name accusers of sexual assault, but in this case, Ford came forward publicly to detail her allegations about the Supreme Court nominee in an interview with The Washington Post.

In a statement, Sen.

He added there would be a public hearing next Monday "to give these recent allegations a full airing".

On Sunday afternoon, Sanders and Welch released written statements calling for the panel to delay its vote.

"We are not going to stand by and let Judge Kavanaugh be smeared".

  • Leroy Wright