Trump defends his Supreme Court nominee, wants accuser to testify


"It's really a way of dismissing her and suggesting that her memory isn't clear", Guerry said.

Kavanaugh flatly denied the accusation and was, according to the White House, ready to testify "tomorrow" in his defence.

Democrats are demanding that the FBI be given time to reopen its background investigation into Kavanaugh so it can check the assertions of Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Kavanaugh of assault.

This is in keeping with what Carlson said - that it's on the White House to request the FBI investigation in this case.

But Jones says the FBI is well-equipped to conduct a quick investigation and interview potential witnesses.

Earlier Monday, the Senate Judiciary Committee moved to postpone the confirmation vote for Kavanaugh, which had been scheduled for Thursday.

"More to the point, I never saw Brett act in the manner Dr. Ford describes", his letter said.

Chairman Chuck Grassley is also setting deadlines.

Hill, now a professor at Brandeis University, told ABC News that senators should halt the Kavanaugh hearing to avoid a "sham" proceeding and the FBI should investigate Ford's allegations.

Senate leaders, under pressure from fellow Republicans who wanted a fuller, open examination of the allegations, announced the move late on Monday.

Sen. Mazi Hirono (D-Hawaii) has said that she thinks Ford would feel victimized if she were forced to testify without a full report from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Democrats say they want the FBI to investigate Ford's claims.

California college professor Christine Blasey Ford wants the FBI to investigate her claim Kavanaugh assaulted her when they were teenagers, something Kavanaugh denies.

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Grassley rejected that idea Wednesday.

Some GOP senators including Bob Corker of Tennessee and Lindsey Graham of SC say they see no reason to wait beyond Monday for Ms Ford's testimony, and that they want the Senate to vote next week.

Republican staffers on the Judiciary panel have interviewed Kavanaugh and sought an interview with Ford. Indeed, the trouble with her account so far is that she has provided enough details to be credible but not enough to be convincing.

The woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault says the FBI should investigate the incident before senators hold a hearing on the allegations. "He said very clearly and unequivocally, This did not happen".

"Both of them need to testify under oath next Monday before the Judiciary Committee", Collins said.

Grassley is also willing to send his staff to California to speak to Ford if she prefers, committee spokesman Garrett Ventry said.

"We're not talking about whether the conditions are 'ideal, ' we're talking about whether the conditions are actually tenable - whether or not it's going to be anything more than just a sham proceeding, so that the senators can say, 'We gave her a chance to talk, '" before going on to just confirm him as they intended, Hill said.

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".

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, has been seen as a key GOP swing vote on Kavanaugh, because of her support for abortion rights.

Clinton says that makes it hard to "avoid the appearance of insult" against Ford. "George H.W. Bush requested that the F.B.I. look into her claims, and they did", Mystal wrote. Thomas denied the allegations.

Judge Thomas was narrowly confirmed and he remains a Supreme Court justice.

US President Donald Trump has said it would be "unfortunate" if the woman who has accused his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault did not testify before a US Senate committee, as he stepped up his defense of the conservative federal appeals court judge. Ford's lawyers also asked that an FBI investigation take place before she testifies.

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