Bredesen backs Senate vote if Kavanaugh accuser won't appear

Bredesen backs Senate vote if Kavanaugh accuser won't appear

"It would be a disservice to Dr. Ford, Judge Kavanaugh, this Committee, and the American people to delay this hearing any further", he wrote in a letter to committee Democrats. That hearing will begin again on Monday, September 25, at 10 a.m.

"I understand that I have been identified by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford as the person she remembers as "PJ" who supposedly was present at the party she described in her statements to the Washington Post", Smyth said in his letter, CNN reported.

Kavanaugh and Ford are set to go in front of the committee next week.

She said Ford and her family have received threats, which has caused them to leave their home.

"The rush to a hearing is unnecessary, and contrary to the Committee discovering the truth", Banks wrote.

If Ford doesn't show on Monday, she will lose any credibility she might have and the committee and full Senate should follow Sen.

Banks' statement made no reference to testifying Monday.

"Nothing the Federal Bureau of Investigation or any other investigator does would have any bearing on what Dr. Ford tells the committee, so there is no reason for any other delay".

Trump calls Kavanaugh an "outstanding man" and says it's "very hard" for him to imagine anything happened. In an interview Wednesday with The Associated Press, he says the allegations against Kavanaugh, if true, are "close to being disqualifying, if not disqualifying".

Ford has said she wants the FBI to investigate her accusation before she would testify.

Ford has said she wants the FBI to investigate her allegation before she will testify. It's a pattern so common, psychologists say, that it has an acronym: DARVO - or "Deny, Attack, and Reverse Victim and Offender".

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Only 31 percent of US adults polled said they were in favor of Kavanaugh's appointment.

Anita Hill speaks at a discussion about sexual harassment at United Talent Agency in Beverly Hills, Calif., Dec. 8, 2017. But he said the Judiciary Committee should consider proceeding with a vote if she does not testify under oath.

Hill told ABC's Good Morning America show, "The American public really is expecting something more".

"They're not interested in the decorum of the Senate". "Before the allegations, I was not sure". "Maybe they're not concerned, or maybe they don't know how to handle this kind of situation".

Dianne Feinstein of California, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Ford claimed that during a high school party in the 1980s, the future Supreme Court nominee trapped her in a bedroom, pinned her on a bed and tried to undress her.

"Why did they wait until everything was finished and then bring it up?"

The allegation has roiled a confirmation process that once appeared smooth for Kavanaugh, who if confirmed could consolidate the conservative grip on the top US court.

Speaking at a senior living center in Kansas City on Thursday afternoon, McCaskill lamented the impact of the Citizen's United Supreme Court ruling in 2010, which prohibited the government from restricting anonymous independent spending on political campaigns by nonprofit and other groups.

Kavanaugh has agreed to appear on Monday to give his side of the story to the committee.

Moderate GOP Sen. Susan Collins of ME, who's had her share of clashes with Trump, said she hoped Ford would reconsider a decision not to testify and "it's not fair to Judge Kavanaugh" if she refuses.

"Meanwhile Republicans are trying to bully her into a rigged hearing before a neutral investigation and without the only identified eyewitness", No. 2 Senate Democratic leader Dick Durbin of IL tweeted. "I sincerely hope that Dr Ford will accept my invitation to do so, either privately or publicly, on Monday", Grassley said. Kavanaugh has denied Ford's allegation and has said he's willing to appear before the committee. Kavanaugh and Ford were both students at elite private schools near Washington.

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