Trump says Federal Bureau of Investigation should not probe allegations against top court pick

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The sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh may remove pressure that some Democratic senators faced to back his confirmation as a way of reassuring conservative voters in congressional elections just weeks away.

Christine Blasey Ford alleges that Kavanaugh assaulted her when they were teenagers at a high school party, she says Judge was the only other person in the room.

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.

Ford's allegations come almost a year after the #MeToo movement was popularised following the numerous allegations of sexual misconduct by Hollywood Producer Harvey Weinstein, who has since been charged with rape and other sexual crimes.

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Republicans control the Senate by only a narrow margin, meaning any defections could sink the nomination and deal a major setback to Trump, who has been engaged in a so-far successful effort since becoming president past year to move the Supreme Court and broader federal judiciary to the right.

"Not only do women like Dr. Ford, who bravely comes forward, need to be heard, but they need to be believed". Schumer said it would be "simply inadequate" to only have two witnesses testify next Monday.

"I want to thank Dr. Ford".

Mark Judge, Kavanaugh's former classmate who became implicated in the allegation, already signaled that he was unwilling to appear before the Judiciary Committee.

Judge and Kavanaugh both attended Georgetown Preparatory School, a private all-boys Catholic school in North Bethesda, Maryland. The impassioned statement is surely far from her last. Murkowski said Ford's story "must be taken seriously".

Now, Ford and Kavanaugh will both testify in a public hearing on Monday.

"In 2018", she said, "our senators must get it right". Kavanaugh, who has denied the assault allegation, met with officials at the White House on Tuesday for a second straight day.

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Judge on Tuesday afternoon said in a statement he has no memory of the alleged incident and does not wish to speak publicly on the matter. "I never saw Brett act that way".

"I don't know if pinning someone down and putting a hand over their mouth would fall into that category of mistake", Scaramella said.

"As one of the CA Capitol women who helped elevate the issue I can attest to Kevin's lack of action", tweeted Alicia Lewis, a Sacramento lobbyist. "All the time. Especially when they are drunk".

Feehery is unsure whether there will be a backlash against #MeToo but he and others underscore the politics - and arguably, the double standards - at play in this and other high-stakes instances involving sexual harassment, assault, or other indiscretions.

Republican leaders are preparing a controversial push to install Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court after a frenetic night of legal and political maneuvering in Washington that could reverberate for years to come.

Feinstein faces a fellow Democrat in November because of California's unusual primary system that sends the two highest vote-getters to the general election regardless of party.

Even Manley admits that Feinstein "should have broached this with others on the committee earlier". The person described Kavanaugh as "resolute" and eager to defend himself.

How this all will play out in detail remains to be seen. Republicans hope to have Kavanaugh confirmed by October 1, the start of the next Supreme Court term.

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.

Elected to the Senate in 1992, Feinstein was one of the first women to sit on the Judiciary Committee. She once said that members of the Trump administration who lie for the president have "sold their souls". "And so, obviously, if you go to rape, yes, that is a very serious allegation".

Republicans, he says, feel that this is in their grasp and they do not want to do anything to cause things to go off the rails.

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