Trump says no Federal Bureau of Investigation probe needed on Supreme Court pick

SIDES OF THE STORY U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, who had called for Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh to testify under oath about Ford’s allegations against him talks to the press outside her office yesterday

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President Trump said Wednesday that it was hard to believe the sexual assault accusation against Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh was true.

Although Feinstein was told of Ford's claims in July and has vouched for her, she told Fox News on Tuesday that she "can't say everything's truthful". In those 1991 Supreme Court nomination hearings, Anita Hill accused Thomas, her former boss, of sexual harassment. Ford's demand cast doubt on whether a hearing planned by the committee for Monday to hear testimony from Kavanaugh, who has called the allegation "completely false", and Ford will occur.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) on Monday called for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser, professor Christine Blasey Ford, to appear before his committee next week.

"Personally speaking, I have known Brett Kavanaugh since high school and I know him to be a person of great integrity, a great friend, and I have never witnessed any improper conduct by Brett Kavanaugh towards women", he continued.

"Not only do women like Dr. Ford, who bravely comes forward, need to be heard, but they need to be believed".

"The committee should hear her voice", he said. Her lawyers said Tuesday night that Christine Blasey Ford wants the FBI to investigate her claim first before any Senate hearing. "I think that's going to [tick] off an bad lot of people, including women, who are more prone to vote in this day and age than men are". Instead, they said an FBI investigation should be the first step.

Months after anonymously contacting her elected officials, Ford went public on Sunday telling The Washington Post that Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed at a Maryland house party in the early 1980s and tried to take her clothes off. "I hope Republican Voters, and others, are watching and studying, the Democrats Playbook".

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"I really want to see her", Mr Trump said. Soon, she married her husband in a nearby coastal town, and they bought a classic Eichler home in Palo Alto and had two sons. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, two moderates who have yet to announce their positions on Kavanaugh and aren't on the Judiciary Committee.

Patrick J. Smyth sent a letter to Republican judiciary committee chair Charles Grassley and top Democrat Dianne Feinstein in which he denied seeing any "improper conduct" by Kavanaugh, a classmate at Georgetown Preparatory School, according to CNN, which obtained a copy of the letter.

Feinstein and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY were among a number of Democrats who demanded a delay in the Senate Judiciary vote to hear from Ford, including all 10 Democrats on the committee. But winning the short game might mean losing the long game if Republicans hold the Senate and confirm a pro-lifer in his stead who votes to overturn Roe with no similar asterisk.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters before departing the White House in Washington, U.S., September 19, 2018.

"We will not sit by and let Republicans use this hearing to attack, undermine and shame Ford", declared UltraViolet executive director Shaunna Thomas.

"I thought he might inadvertently kill me", the Post quoted Ford as saying.

Meanwhile Mr Trump has said he is not anxious about what his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who is co-operating with the U.S. special counsel's probe into Russian election meddling, will tell prosecutors, as long as he is truthful. "She doesn't know how she got there, when it was and so that would logically be something where she would get questions".

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