US President Donald Trump on Monday branded sexual assault allegations that threaten to bring down his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh "totally political", hardening his position ahead of an explosive Senate showdown.
Senator Dianne Feinstein, the Judiciary panel's highest-ranking Democrat, said after the latest allegation that the confirmation process should be put on hold until the claims are fully vetted.
Democrats have leapt to Ford's defense, with Washington state Sen.
The controversy over Kavanaugh is unfolding just weeks before November 6 congressional elections in which Democrats are trying to take control of Congress from Trump's fellow Republicans, against a backdrop of the #MeToo movement fighting sexual harassment and assault.
Trump, at the United Nations for his second General Assembly meeting, called the allegations unfair and unsubstantiated, made by accusers who come "out of the woodwork".
"Since the moment I first heard the allegation", he said in a statement on Thursday, "I have categorically and unequivocally denied it". A look at what she is saying and how top lawmakers are responding.
The committee's Republican leadership turned down those demands.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a New York Democrat, said at the event: "Someone who is lying does not ask the FBI to investigate their claims".
President Donald Trump's Republican Party has a challenge to maintain control of Congress in November's mid-term elections | AFP
Photos of women in support of Ford, Ramirez, and anyone else who has suffered a sexual assault - as well as the resulting accusations, misunderstandings, and insults, as epitomized by Donald Trump's tweet last week noting that if Ford's accusation were "as bad as she says", then "charges would have been immediately filed..." - flooded social media, particularly Twitter, where #BelieveSurvivors was trending.
If you stand with survivors, the path forward is clear: Brett Kavanaugh should be impeached ― not promoted.
Trump told reporters Wednesday, "He is such an outstanding man".
Conway noted Monday on CBS "This Morning" that Kavanaugh, in a statement Sunday, called the allegations a "smear campaign." he added, "This is starting to feel like a vast left-wing conspiracy".
That remark was noteworthy because most Republicans have handled the question of Ford's credibility more gingerly.
Third, as long as Ford's counsel want to talk about regular, independent investigations, we should note that there is not a police organization in America that would entertain her allegation, in light of the lapse of time and the long-ago exhaustion of the statute of limitations.
Democrats are casting Republicans as strong-arming a wronged woman, their eyes on a #MeToo movement that has caught fire and exploded the careers of dozens of male titans. Kavanaugh's confirmation would solidify conservative control of the Supreme Court and further Trump's goal of moving the high court and the broader federal judiciary to the right. The Supreme Court nominee has denied both claims. The Senate Judiciary Committee has yet to see it.
"She wishes to testify, provided that we can agree on terms that are fair and which ensure her safety", Katz wrote in the email, which was obtained by The Associated Press after first being reported by The New York Times. "They have until this Friday at 10:00 a.m.to let us know whether they are coming", he said.
Going further, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Democrats' demands for an FBI investigation were a ploy to delay a confirmation vote.
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More than 100 constituency parties have submitted motions calling for the issue to be put to a vote. The people have decided against my wishes and my Union's wishes but they've decided'.