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Trump says Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh is 'under assault'

21 September 2018

Prof Ford has accused Judge Kavanaugh of drunkenly pinning her to a bed and trying to remove her clothing at a house party in a Washington DC suburb when they were both teenagers 36 years ago.

He tweeted that if the attack was "as bad as she says", then either she or her "loving parents" would have "immediately filed [charges] with local Law Enforcement Authorities". "I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place", Trump tweeted.

Whelan has been involved in helping to advise Kavanaugh's confirmation effort and is close friends with both Kavanaugh and Leonard Leo, the head of the Federalist Society who has been helping to spearhead the nomination.

Although inferring otherwise, Whelan said he's not insinuating that the man he publicly named and shared photos of did anything wrong, or that Ford is now "mistakenly remembering" this man as Kavanaugh.

The message came a day ahead of a 10 a.m. Friday deadline set by Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa for Ford to decide whether she would appear before a hearing he set for Monday.

The committee must approve the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh before it passes to the full Senate for a vote.

A number of women who say they have known and worked with Kavanaugh throughout his legal career say he has been respectful and fair in dealing with them. Despite Republican claims that investigations into these matters are the sole responsibility of the Senate, the FBI could open a more extensive investigation. Kavanaugh denies the allegation. In earlier media interviews, Banks had said Ford would be willing to testify.

Republican lawmakers are trying to win Senate confirmation for Kavanaugh ahead of the court's start of a new term on October 1, or if not by then, ahead of the November 6 nationwide congressional elections, to show Republican voters they have made good on campaign promises to place conservative judges like Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court.

"That being said, let her have her say and let's see how it all works out".

The allegations come in the shadow of the powerful #Metoo movement against sexual harassment and assault, and echo the 1991 hearings for conservative Clarence Thomas to join the Supreme Court, when his former assistant Anita Hill accused him of repeated sexual harassment.

Committee Republicans have planned for only Kavanaugh and Ford to testify, but Democrats want other witnesses, too.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is telling evangelical activists the Senate will "plow right through" and move to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

Ford has asked for an FBI investigation, but GOP senators have insisted on a probe limited to the accuser and Kavanaugh testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, although she has placed a third witness at the scene. Back then, the Federal Bureau of Investigation report into Hill's allegations of sexual harassment against now-Justice Clarence Thomas was finished on September 26, 1991 - three days after its inquiry began, according to a Washington Post report at the time.

A senior White House official said Kavanaugh and his wife also have received threats.

What did Dr Ford's lawyer say?

Ford and Kavanaugh have been invited to testify Monday before the Judiciary panel.

President Trump has finally done the unthinkable - and yet somehow expected. Trump continued. "They've delayed it a week and they have to get on with it".

Trump says Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh is 'under assault'