That's why, when Christine Blasey Ford came forward to accuse Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her more than three decades ago, it struck Cordes as the latest example of the ceaseless - and needless - drama in the capital. But both had previously stated that if Ford's allegations are true they'd be disqualifying - and their votes are enough to sink Kavanaugh's bid for the high court.
Ford has been receiving death threats since she went public with her allegations and has had to move with her family to a secure location. "She wishes to testify, provided that we can agree on terms that are fair and which ensure her safety".
The election, she said, "will decide whether the golden time goes on or whether in fact, we're in very, very different territory that we've never seen before". To make his point, he re-enacted what a conversation might be like between Ford and law enforcement.
Susan Collins of ME says she's "appalled" by President Donald Trump's tweet criticizing his Supreme Court nominee's accuser. Ford wrote that Kavanaugh pushed her into a bedroom along with another male companion. John Cornyn (R) of Texas, is that the process was not followed. "If she had shared it with Grassley, I think the information would have been shared directly with the White House".
"He said / she said" is an unfortunate reality of many sexual assault cases; it is not something to which we should aspire.
A day earlier, alumni from Ford's high school, Holton-Arms, held a press conference with Sens.
"It is not the FBI's role to investigate a matter such as this", wrote Grassley, who also sent a letter to committee Democrats formally rejecting their bid for the FBI to investigate.
More Americans oppose than support the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, a new USA TODAY/Ipsos Public Affairs Poll finds, an unprecedented level of disapproval for a nominee to the nation's high court. The answers people in this case might give to FBI investigators could be suggestive in terms of what they say they remember, what they deny and what level of detail they are willing to volunteer - mindful about the potential penalty for lying.
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The psychology professor at Palo Alto University in California said she was being treated for what she said had been the long-term effects of the incident.
Mr Trump questioned why the Federal Bureau of Investigation was not called at the time of the alleged assault, in 1982, if it was "as bad as she says".
"Where is Karen Monahan's support", he asked, referring to Ellison's former girlfriend who has alleged the abuse that he's denied. Kavanaugh was spotted at the White House on Thursday. Is that the reaction of an innocent person? Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., in which she raised her allegations against Kavanaugh.
Ford and Senate Democrats had demanded the FBI first reopen Kavanaugh's background investigation to include her claims.
Most everyone in Congress agreed at first that both should have a chance to tell their stories under oath to the Senate Judiciary Committee. By 43 percent to 31 percent, they say it will hurt President Donald Trump.
He wonders, out loud: "Why are we not getting journalists. after all these years, after all Brett Kavanaugh has faced Senate confirmation hearings in the past, [to ask] Why are hearing about this now?" "That's what I call hijacking the regular committee process to accommodate political interests".
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh arrives on the first day of his confirmation hearing in front of the Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington, on September 4, 2018.
The Democrats, all of whom served as prosecutors or state attorneys general, noted that President George H.W. Bush asked the FBI to investigate after law professor Anita Hill raised allegations of sexual harassment against Judge Clarence Thomas in 1991. The FBI could investigate Dr. Ford's allegations in a matter of days. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., tweeted, "It's sad but not surprising that she's been met with an utter lack of decency by elected leaders of this country". "But there is something we can prove and that is Judge Kavanaugh's character".