Published: Fri, September 21, 2018
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

Donald Trump questions Kavanaugh's accuser, says opponents want to 'destroy' nominee

Donald Trump questions Kavanaugh's accuser, says opponents want to 'destroy' nominee

She said Ford needs time to make sure her family is secure, prepare her testimony and travel to Washington.

Ford is willing to tell her story - but only if agreement can be reached on "terms that are fair and which ensure her safety", her lawyer said Thursday.

Kavanaugh was spotted at the White House on Thursday, and allies said he is eager to address the accusation.

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. He has denied the allegations. "I remain committed to defending my integrity". He posted floor plans and online photographs of a home in Chevy Chase, Md., as well as photographs of the Kavanaugh classmate he suggested could have been responsible.

Now, Ford says that she may indeed testify, but not on Monday. "I think they could do it swiftly, effectively and report back within days".

Other groups involved in Kavanaugh's confirmation effort have also distanced themselves from Whelan's tweets. Assessing them would be not just the committee's 21 senators -only four of whom are women, all Democrats - but also millions of viewing voters.

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

Republican panel member Lindsey Graham said on Twitter that requiring an FBI investigation of a 36-year-old allegation "is not about finding the truth, but delaying the process till after the midterm elections". He's come out expressing doubt as to the veracity of Ford's claims and is continuing his ongoing defense of Kavanaugh.

White House adviser Kellyanne Conway said: "Asking for that usual sequence to be reversed is very unusual". Is that the reaction of an innocent person?

If Senate Republicans push through the nomination, those surveyed predict significant political repercussions.


Republicans have rejected the comparisons to the Hill proceedings.

As the shots were fired in public, committee staff and Ford's lawyers privately continued their relatively mundane correspondence, lamenting the occasional missed missive. Tammy Baldwin after their involvement became public.

Kavanaugh said in a letter to Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley on Thursday that he "will be there" on Monday. Hirono said the threats, brought on by her outing, constitute being labeled as "intimidation of a witness".

People hold signs of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh at a rally and news conference Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, at a Planned Parenthood office in Portland, Ore.

Ford said Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982 when both were high school students in Maryland, an allegation Kavanaugh called "completely false". Kavanaugh has called Ford's allegation "completely false".

"Don't get rattled by all of this we're going to plow right through it and do our job", McConnell said. CNN said the lawyers told the committee staff that she wanted to be questioned by senators.

President Donald Trump is challenging by name the woman accusing his Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault, saying if the attack she alleges were that "bad" then she would have filed charges.

"We already had a hearing, " Cornyn said.

The woman's attorneys called the date set by Republicans "arbitrary", according to multiple United States news reports.

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