Trump defends Supreme Court nominee, accuser faces deadline

Erika Holt
September 20, 2018

Samantha Guerry, a former classmate of Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault when they were both in high school in suburban Maryland decades ago, said it's "just not possible" that her friend is mistaken on his identity.

"We believe Dr. Blasey Ford and are grateful that she came forward to tell her story", the letter reads.

Wednesday on CNN, she described the Senate's treatment of Ford as "callousness from my colleagues that I am totally appalled by". "I thought he might inadvertently kill me".

Federal Bureau of Investigation officials have said they are not looking into the matter.

If the Judiciary committee's timetable slips further, it would become increasingly hard for Republicans to schedule a vote before the November 6 elections, in which congressional control will be at stake. A woman named Christine Blasey Ford alleges that he sexually assaulted her in high school.

Grassley also said that Ford has to submit any testimony and her biography to the committee by Friday morning if she plans to testify.

Judge, a conservative writer, wrote memoirs titled "Wasted: Tales of a GenX Drunk" and "God and Man at Georgetown Prep".

Democrats, already opposed to Mr Kavanaugh, have sought an FBI investigation into Ms Ford's claims, a request Republicans rebuffed.

"In our view, Ford is providing a credible account about a painful, terrible incident that occurred many years ago and which she hoped she would never have to talk about to anyone again, let alone the whole country", they concluded. "They did not raise it in the thousand-plus follow-up questions that senators sent to Judge Kavanaugh in writing". But apparently, Democratic members' staff refused to participate. Grassley told radio host Hugh Hewitt. "We want to get to the bottom of everything, we want to let everybody to be able to speak up and to speak out".

It was not clear where and when Ford had identified Smyth as being present at the party.

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Flake also made it clear Wednesday that he does not believe that the Federal Bureau of Investigation needs to investigate Ford's claims before she testifies before the committee. "I really would want to see what she has to say", Trump said Wednesday. "I don't want to talk about it now." he replied.

"I want to see what she [Prof Ford] has to say but I want to give it all the time they need", the Republican president said. Grassley said. "We wouldn't be having this hearing if it wasn't for the fact that Dr. Ford told the Washington Post and other people publicly that she wanted to testify".

"I recognize the letter was an anonymous one, but it seems to me the way it was handled is unfair to both the judge and the professor because it cast a cloud of doubt on both of them", Collins said in the interview.

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"On the Republican side, I would watch Sens". Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), are now suggesting that the allegations could sink his nomination. "And then they will vote", Trump added.

Her allegation has jeopardized Kavanaugh's nomination, which previously was on a track towards confirmation.

Standing up for a fair hearing should not just come down to women, said Sen. "And why is that?" The president said he was "totally supporting" Kavanaugh and felt "terribly" for him and his family.

"So you really have to take the pulse of the country, the mood of the country".

"Doing so would not only signal that sexual assault accusations are not important". "I think that when you have someone's hand over your mouth and you think that you might die by accident you know who you're dealing with".

"Look, Democrats play dirty tricks, dirty last second tricks".

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