Mitch McConnell Says Republicans Will 'Plow Right Through' Nominating Brett Kavanaugh

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Meantime lawyers for Ford are asking the Senate Judiciary Committee to schedule a hearing for her to be heard on Thursday, allowing time for Ford to make the drive from California to Washington D.C. Ford's friend, Kate Devarney, told CNN this week that Ford's fear of flying is directly related to her allegation of assault, and that an airplane is "the ultimate closed space where you can not get away".

The confirmation fight has unfolded ahead of November 6 congressional elections in which Democrats are seeking to take control of Congress from Trump's fellow Republicans.

"We know that allegations of sexual assault are some of the most under-reported crimes that exist".

"Judge Brett Kavanaugh is a fine man, with an impeccable reputation, who is under assault by radical left wing politicians who don't want to know the answers, they just want to destroy and delay", Trump wrote.

"You have stated repeatedly that Dr Ford wants to tell her story".

Ford's lawyers told the committee she refuses to appear at a hearing scheduled for Monday, where the accused nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, wants to give his side of the story.

Before the president's tweets Friday, counselor to the president, Kellyanne Conway told reporters there was "no reason" to attack Ford.

Grassley said he was rebuffing Ford's proposals that she testify after Kavanaugh and that only senators, not outside counsel, be allowed to ask questions. The percentage reporting in 2016 for rape or sexual assault was just 22.9 percent. Apparently, this additional evidence has had the opposite effect on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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Meanwhile, Ford has been supported by numerous alumni of her school, family members and Democratic lawmakers.

However, Ms Katz suggested there appeared to be room for negotiation when she sent a letter to the committee after the phone call, saying: "The only issue I said was a deal breaker was that Dr Ford can not appear at a hearing on Monday".

On Friday, U.S. President Donald Trump questioned the integrity of Ford, posting on Twitter that "if the attack. was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed" with police. Republicans are anxious to move ahead to a vote by the committee, where they hold an 11-10 majority, and then by the full Senate, which they control, 51-49. "I think it derailed me substantially for four or five years", she told the Post. They've delayed it a week already'. On Thursday, he clarified that "hiccup" was referring to the way Democrats had handled Ford's allegation.

On the other hand, if the confirmation vote takes place before the midterms, there are several Democrat senators facing tough reelections who may be forced to support Trump's Supreme Court pick.

Ford's lawyers repeated their call for the matter to be dealt with in a rigorous investigation, not what Democrats describe as a rushed hearing in the Republican-dominated Senate aimed at confirming Kavanaugh as quickly as possible. She said her allegation came in a "different era" and when she was a "child" not a teenager. He reassured the audience that "in the very near future, Judge Kavanaugh will be on the United States Supreme Court", receiving a standing ovation.

"We're going to plow right through it", he said.

Both families - Kavanaugh's and Ford's - have said they're getting death threats. Scared and alone on the street with nothing in her pockets, Fagen said she ran into Kavanaugh, who made sure she got home safely.

What is perplexing about the spectacle that will continue into next week's hearings is that President Trump has a whole list of Federalist Society approved Supreme Court candidates who all see the world through their lens.

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