Delay vote to let Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser testify, Susan Collins says

Delay vote to let Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser testify, Susan Collins says

Republican lawmakers are trying to win Senate confirmation for Kavanaugh ahead of the court's start of a new term on October 1, or if not by then, ahead of the November 6 nationwide congressional elections, to show Republican voters they have made good on campaign promises to place conservative judges like Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court.

Republicans complain of Democrats' 11th-hour leaking of a bombshell development and of delay tactics.

In another tweet, Mr Trump, who was in Las Vegas for various events, wrote that Mr Kavanaugh was "under assault by radical left wing politicians who ... want to destroy and delay".

"That it happened or not, I have no idea", Cristina King Miranda told NPR's Nina Totenberg. The FBI would not have jurisdiction in the case at the time of the alleged assault.

The source notes that it is not standard procedure for another witness to dictate who else should testify and "that's not precedent we are going to follow".

"I think he's the right choice and what the Democrats have pulled, and the dirty tricks, is just appalling", a nine-time attendee of the annual summit, Russ Consentino of Bucks County, told ABC News Friday.

Abandoning his previous restraint, US President Donald Trump challenged the credibility of the woman accusing his Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault on Friday (Saturday NZ Time), declaring that if the alleged attack was so awful she would have reported it to law enforcement.

Ford went public with her accusation over the weekend in a Washington Post interview and said Monday through her lawyer that she was ready to testify.

He wonders, out loud: "Why are we not getting journalists. after all these years, after all Brett Kavanaugh has faced Senate confirmation hearings in the past, [to ask] Why are hearing about this now?"

Professor Christine Blasey Ford is pictured in an undated image shared to ResearchGate, a website that described itself as, "a professional network for scientists and researchers". They put her in this position at the eleventh hour.

But she ruled out any testimony next Monday, calling the date "arbitrary".

That the committee needs a "protocol" to handle a matter such as this is a matter of dispute, including by some committee members.

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GOP women and others who support Trump mostly said they still back Kavanaugh. Dianne Feinstein (D) of California, in which she outlined her story.

Although inferring otherwise, Whelan said he's not insinuating that the man he publicly named and shared photos of did anything wrong, or that Ford is now "mistakenly remembering" this man as Kavanaugh. She later revealed that she thought he might inadvertently kill her during the alleged incident.

Kavanaugh denies knowledge of any such assault and no further direct witnesses have come forward.

The attorney said her client would prefer to wait for the FBI to investigate the accusation before agreeing to testify.

Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee sent a letter to chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) on Friday afternoon criticizing the way in which Republicans have handled Christine Blasey Ford's sexual assault allegations.

He went on to say that the committee "routinely" protects sensitive, personal information - in closed sessions, for instance.

"It's tricky, perilous business", said Democratic strategist Jim Manley, a former Senate aide who handled Senate Judiciary confirmations.

The press conference was held in response to the sexual assault allegations that have rocked the Supreme Court nominee's confirmation process.

"What is happening with the Judiciary Committee, really, I would call it a railroad job", Sen. "I can't say that it did or didn't". The White House. Judge Kavanaugh has not asked to have the FBI investigate these claims. If she could change the committee process, "the first order would be that any sensitive or serious allegations would be referred to the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a matter of course".

The Senate Judiciary Committee delayed a vote on Kavanaugh.

More Americans oppose than support the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, a new USA TODAY/Ipsos Public Affairs Poll finds, an unprecedented level of disapproval for a nominee to the nation's high court.

"The President can pretend like [Ford's] credibility rests on her reporting, but it doesn't", Bruno says. "She wanted to keep the identity confidential".

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