Brett Kavanaugh's Accuser: What We Know About Christine Blasey Ford

Dr Ford, 51, a clinical psychology professor at Palo Alto University in California, said: "I thought he might inadvertently kill me. I did not do this back in high school or at any time", he said in a statement released by the White House. But Trump said he did not meet with his nominee and declined to say whether Kavanaugh had offered to withdraw, dismissing the question as "ridiculous". "The Minority withheld even the anonymous allegations for six weeks, only to later decide that they were serious enough to investigate on the eve of the committee vote, after the vetting process had been completed", the chairman continued. She has intricate details and she told her therapist about the alleged episode well before Kavanaugh was a nominee to the Supreme Court. "He stands ready to testify tomorrow if the Senate is ready to hear him", White House spokesman Raj Shah said in a statement Monday.

The current political environment, obviously, after the #MeToo movement, is very different from what Hill encountered in 1991. Republican lawmakers would not welcome it.

Earlier, Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer of NY said it would be "a deep insult to the women of America" if Grassley did not postpone Thursday's meeting.

The Senate Leadership Fund, a leading GOP super PAC with links to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told ABC News that the group is "still evaluating" their options in light of the allegation against Kavanaugh. Democrats have called for the vote to be delayed and two Republicans on the panel - Jeff Flake of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of SC - have said Ford's testimony should be heard.

"Trying to rush this through on Thursday is an insult to the women of America and an insult to the majesty of the Supreme Court of the United States", Schumer said. "They turned up the music very loudly and at some point Mark Judge jumped on the bed, they all toppled off, and she was able to escape", Banks told NPR. Many Democrats have called for a delay in the vote, and a handful of Republicans have opened the door to that possibility. That remark seemed his latest in which he's veered from messaging by congressional leaders.

Trump is praising Kavanaugh as one of the finest people he's known.

He had been on a smooth confirmation track, but the new allegations have roiled that process. Or maybe Ford is lying and he is being unjustly charged and wants to right his name.

"I would also note that she has medical records that corroborate these allegations that far predate Mr. Kavanaugh's nomination", Banks added in her Morning Edition interview, referring to notes from a 2012 couples therapy session, which the Post reviewed. The president himself has faced accusations of affairs and unwanted advances - not to mention his taped comments about groping women that emerged shortly before he was elected in 2016. Sens. Jeff Flake of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of SC, both members of the Judiciary Committee, said they wanted to hear what Ford has to say before making a decision on confirming Kavanaugh. Conway said that decision was up to the Judiciary Committee.

There was enormous pressure on GOP Sens.

Another Republican on the committee, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, said that the Ford story "demands a response" and told CNN that the committee "might have to consider" a postponed vote. They've both said they're willing to testify before Congress.

Just one day after the accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, revealed her identity to The Washington Post, Ms. Conway on Monday said she had it straight from President Trump that Professor Ford should be allowed her say - and with dignity.

The committee was due to hold a vote on Kavanaugh's nomination on Thursday.

Evenly balanced for years, the court is expected to tilt decidedly conservative if Kavanaugh is approved, potentially threatening women's access to abortion, restrictions on presidential powers, and efforts to curb gun ownership.

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