Blunt wants to investigate Kavanaugh allegations

"I thought he might inadvertently kill me", she told the paper.

Brett Kavanaugh's accuser Christine Blasey Ford is being represented by a top #MeToo lawyer whose presence in the Capitol last week was an early indicator of the political storm that was coming.

Now, several Senate Democrats and Republicans say Kavanaugh's confirmation proceedings, which are set to take place this week, should be halted until they can question Ford and Kavanaugh.

Hatch, the Senate president pro tempore and third in the presidential line of succession behind Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Paul Ryan, told CNN that Kavanaugh was "upset" about the allegation and described him as "a very strong, decent man".

Six Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee sued the National Archives to gain access to documents related to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's time in the George W. Bush administration, according to a report on Monday.

Going through the allegation she had made in her letter, Ford told the Post that Kavanaugh and his friend were drunk at the time and that he put his hand over her mouth when she tried to scream.

Asked whether the FBI is investigating the Kavanaugh allegation, the FBI said, as it did last week, that there is no FBI investigation.

The committee is due to vote on Thursday on whether his nomination should go forward to a full vote in the Senate.

A vote in Judiciary Committee is slated for Thursday, but several GOP senators, including Arizona's Jeff Flake, have said that the committee should hear from Ford before they move forward on Kavanaugh's nomination.

Senator Lindsey Graham, a senior Republican committee member, said he "would gladly" hear from Ford if she wanted to appear before the panel, but it would have to be done quickly.

Ford told the Post that she recalled being at a party with Kavanaugh in the summer of 1982, when she was 15 and Kavanaugh was 17. Sheldon Whitehouse called for "a pause, at a minimum", on Kavanaugh's nomination and time for the Federal Bureau of Investigation "to take proper witness statements".

Sixty-five women who knew Kavanagh in high school defended him in a separate letter, circulated by Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans, as someone who "always treated women with decency and respect".

While Democrats demanded a delay in a scheduled Thursday vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee on the nomination to allow the FBI to investigate, Senate Republicans struggled with how to proceed.

But in a statement Monday, the Missouri Republican called for the Senate to slow the process to look into allegations Kavanaugh sexually assaulted a peer as a teenager. Even now, leading Democrats on the judiciary committee are arguing that any hearings featuring Ford should be delayed. Weinstein denies the allegations.

"She believes that if were not for the severe intoxication of Brett Kavanaugh, she would have been raped, ' Katz told NBC's 'Today" show Monday a day after Ford went public with her accusations in an interview with the Washington Post.

"This is a completely false allegation", Kavanaugh said in a statement Monday morning. Christine Blasey Ford, a college professor who teaches clinical psychology at Palo Alto University, has identified herself in an exclusive interview with the Washington Post.

The Republican leader criticized Democrats for sitting on the information during weeks of debate on Kavanaugh's nomination. On Friday, 65 women who knew Kavanaugh in high school joined at least 131 other women who testified to his character over the years. "If the committee is to hear from Ms. Ford, it should be done immediately so the process can continue as scheduled".

Hill endured a brutal assault on her personal reputation in hearings and in conservative media, and the all-male Republicans on the committee ultimately backed Thomas.

  • Joey Payne