Trump defends Supreme Court pick after sex assault allegation

Sexual misconduct allegation against U.S. Supreme Court nominee echoes case raised against Roy Moore

Kavanaugh accuser demands FBI probe before testifying

Lawyers for Christine Blasey Ford say that before she testifies on Capitol Hill next week she wants the FBI to investigate her allegation that she was sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Mark Judge, a high school friend of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday that he has no memory of an alleged 1982 sexual assault by Kavanaugh and does not want to testify.

However, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Chairman of the committee, has said Dr. Ford has not yet responded to the Senate panel's invitation.

"If she does not want to come Monday, publicly or privately, we're going to move on and vote Wednesday", he told Fox News Channel.

President Trump defended Kavanaugh on Tuesday and said the Federal Bureau of Investigation shouldn't investigate.

"There must be an agreement on witnesses, and the FBI should be given time to reopen its background check investigation into Judge Kavanaugh", Schumer said. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, for not bringing up the letter during what he described as a "long, long meeting". Kavanaugh attended Georgetown Prep, a private school that often socialized with Holton-Arms (Supreme Court judge Neil Gorsuch is also an alum).

The sexual assault allegation should be fully investigated, Sack said, but in the meantime, Ford shouldn't be dismissed as less than credible.

Hirono assailed the White House and Senate Republicans for their response to the allegations and said Kavanaugh's accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, is being victimized by the process.

In a series of tweets Friday, Trump cast doubt on Ford's charge, mentioning her by name for the first time: "I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents. I believe her. And now we have to do more than say, 'Well, look at the timing!' and 'Well, it's all politically motivated!'" Hirono said to Politico. "She's not prepared to talk with them at a hearing on Monday", Banks said on CNN on Tuesday night.

"From my experience and knowledge of Christine when I attended middle school with her, I am 100 percent confident that what she is saying is accurate and truthful", Martin said.

"You're raising legitimate questions that are still on our mind", Grassley said, "and so these details are still being worked out".

Her lawyers previously suggested that the committee's senators question their client, not an outside counsel.

Grassley said he has not decided who would testify first but assumes Ford would.

The committee announced yesterday it would postpone its planned vote on Thursday on Mr Kavanaugh's nomination, which requires Senate confirmation, and scheduled the high-stakes hearing with the nominee and his accuser to testify.

Some Democratic lawmakers have also called for an FBI investigation. "I think the Republicans have had the upper hand this week, because it started with this shocker on Sunday in the Washington Post".

He added that Kavanaugh was "anxious" to answer the accusations against him, while acknowledging that the testimony would hold up his confirmation.

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