Trump challenges Kavanaugh accuser over account of sex attack

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President Donald Trump has been increasingly vocal in his defense of Kavanaugh since a confidential letter that detailed assault allegations became public, but he has largely stayed away from publicly challenging the accuser's credibility - unlike his eldest son.

The battle for confirmation comes just weeks before congressional elections on 6 November.

Ford, a psychology professor at Palo Alto University in California, has been given a Friday deadline by the Republican-led Judiciary Committee to decide whether to testify at a high-stakes hearing it has scheduled for Monday. Republican swing vote Sen.

Negotiations have been ongoing on whether Ford will testify next week before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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.

"As you are aware, she's been receiving death threats which have been reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and she and her family have been forced out of their home, " Katz wrote to the committee.

Female celebrities have taken the initiative in banding together to support Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct in the early 1980s.

Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley gave her until 10 a.m. (1400 GMT) on Friday to submit prepared testimony if she planned to appear at a hearing planned for Monday.

"Dr. Ford was reluctantly thrust into the public spotlight only two days ago". Assessing them would be not just the committee's 21 senators -only four of whom are women, all Democrats - but also millions of viewing voters.

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The White House distanced itself from a prominent conservative lawyer's controversial theory about the sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh, telling TIME that the White House team did not know about it before it was tweeted last night. That is according to a Senate aide who wasn't authorized to discuss the matter and spoke on condition of anonymity. Kavanaugh has repeatedly denied the allegations. They would argue that they'd offered Ford several options for describing her accusation, but that she'd snubbed them.

Democratic Senator Doug Jones said Mark Judge, Kavanaugh's high school friend, should be subpoenaed if he refuses to testify.

"I will be there", he wrote Grassley in a letter.

On Friday, it remained unclear how the hearing would proceed on Kavanaugh. A flood of anti-Kavanaugh protesters also descended on Capitol Hill Thursday while more Senate offices reported receiving threats related to the nomination. Susan Collins, a key Republican swing vote. Vice President Mike Pence would break a tie.

President Trump has finally done the unthinkable - and yet somehow expected.

"Don't get rattled by all of this we're going to plow right through it and do our job", McConnell said.

It was only because he was drunk that he did not rape her, her lawyer said.

Gillibrand said Senate Republicans' ultimatum of a Monday hearing was "bullying".

"Her strong preference continues to be for the Senate Judiciary Committee to allow for a full investigation prior to her testimony". But that wording fell short of a nonnegotiable demand. Kavanaugh was seen at the White House on Thursday. Trump refrained from tweeting about his nominee. You've watched the fight, you've watched the tactics, but here's what I want to tell you: "In the very near future, judge Kavanaugh will be on the United States Supreme Court".

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