Trump Says Brett Kavanaugh 'Does Not Deserve This'

President Donald Trump on Wednesday 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.

Republicans are hoping to win committee and full Senate approval for Kavanaugh this month, before the new Supreme Court session begins, and have shown no taste for slowing that process.

The cause of McConnell's ire was the late-breaking allegation from Christine Blasey Ford, a research psychologist, that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers, a charge that threatens to upend a confirmation which seemed assured just days ago.

But the president said he wanted the Senate to go ahead with the nominee confirmation process.

"I don't think Federal Bureau of Investigation really should be involved because they don't want to be involved", Trump said.

Earlier on Monday, Republican leaders displayed no willingness to delay a Judiciary panel vote that Grassley had planned for this Thursday to advance the nomination.

But Trump said he supported the additional Judiciary Committee hearing, saying "there shouldn't even be a little doubt", about Kavanaugh's nomination. Kavanaugh has denied the incident, and he and Judge both deny being at the party in question. But I can only say this: He is such an outstanding man.

"If she shows up and makes a credible showing that'll be very interesting".

But, she added, "Really, guess who's perpetuating all of these kinds of actions?"

According to the Washington Post, Ford, who had also contacted the newspaper in July, made a decision to go public after it became clear people were learning her identity. Grassley said he was disturbed to learn of the threats.

The battle for confirmation comes just weeks before congressional elections on 6 November.

Any defections from Republicans' narrow Senate majority could sink the nomination and deal a major setback to Trump.

Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa says an FBI investigation isn't needed.

Nowhere is gender politics thicker in the election season air than in the mannerly U.S. Senate as it considers what President Donald Trump's choice for the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, did or didn't do in high school. Chuck Grassley says the FBI does not need to look into the sexual-assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh because Republicans are conducting their own investigation.

Asked about Ford's request to allow the FBI to investigate Ford's allegations first, Collins said that would "it seems to me, that this reverses the normal order of things". "They did not raise it in the thousand-plus follow-up questions that senators sent to Judge Kavanaugh in writing". In the poll, conducted from September 11-17, 36 percent of US adults surveyed did not want Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, up 6 percentage points from a similar poll a month earlier, while 31 percent favored Kavanaugh's appointment.

Ford, 51, is a professor of psychology and a statistician at Palo Alto University who also teaches at Stanford.

Democrats complain that Ford was not consulted before the hearing was announced.

She said she feared Kavanaugh might inadvertently kill her before she managed to flee.

Both have called on Judge Kavanaugh and Prof Ford to testify under oath. Judge has said through his attorney he remembers no such incident.

In that moment, Hill then broke the fourth wall to offer Kavanaugh's accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, some advice: delay, delay, delay the hearings. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.

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

Of course, Ford knew that her life was about to be bad the minute she stepped forward.

  • Joey Payne