Trump defends Supreme Court pick after sex assault allegation

How 65 women came to Kavanaugh's defense in matter of hours

In light of the recent allegations made against Kavanaugh and what you previously knew of him, do you think he should sit on the Supreme Court?

"I can only say this: He is such an outstanding man".

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump showered sympathy on Kavanaugh.

Grassley said Judge has not been asked to testify.

The Iowa Republican senator plans a hearing on Monday for testimony from Kavanaugh and accuser Christine Blasey Ford, if she appears.

Can the Senate Judiciary Committee enlist the FBI to investigate the claims of sexual assault brought by an accuser against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, nominee to the Supreme Court?

The women write that her decision to share her experience now is "not a partisan act" but an "act of civic duty".

Also on Thursday, Alaska Governor Bill Walker and Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallott announced they oppose Kavanaugh's confirmation, creating pressure on the state's Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski, a moderate who hasn't announced how she will vote.

"If I were her lawyer, I'd be very concerned that it's under these kind of totally disadvantageous conditions", said Sen. But the opportunity to do that would be Monday. "They're rushing into a hearing that is completely unfair". Kavanaugh denies the accusation.

The newest attorney on Ford's team is Ricki Seidman, who was Joe Biden's communication director.

"In fact, I have no memory of this alleged incident", Judge said in his statement to the committee.

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President Trump said it's "terrible" that Senator Feinstein did not raise the allegations sooner, but said he's "totally supporting" his nominee.

Trump says he wants everyone to have the chance to speak out and Kavanaugh is "very anxious" to testify in his defense.

One other witness the Democrats want to hear from is Kavanaugh's high school friend Mark Judge, who Ford said was in the room when she was assaulted. Kavanaugh denies assaulting Ford.

"One of the political costs of failing to confirm Brett Kavanaugh is likely the loss of the United States Senate", warned Faith and Freedom Coalition founder Ralph Reed, who added, "If Republicans were to fail to defend and confirm such an obviously and eminently qualified and decent nominee then it will be very hard to motivate and energize faith-based and conservative voters in November".

Sen. Johnson met with Kavanaugh Aug. 15 to go over his nomination as well as his judicial philosophy.

Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh leaves his home September 19, 2018 in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

The group released a letter Tuesday calling for a "thorough and independent investigation" before the Senate can vote on Kavanaugh's nomination. "We're ready to hear anything she has to say". The letter is signed, "Love, Brett".

"I would want to see what she has to say, but I want to give it all the time they need, they've already given it time".

Hill's allegation Clarence Thomas sexually harassed her - and the committee's handling of his confirmation hearings - haunts Washington as a key event that alienated many women. And given Republicans' Senate majority - and the unity emerging behind Kavanaugh - that meant he was nearly certainly going to be confirmed to the Court. A substantial delay could push confirmation past the November elections, when Democrats have a shot at winning Senate control, plus allow more time for unforeseen problems to pop up.

McConnell accused Democrats of "blatant malpractice" by waiting weeks to disclose the letter Christine Blasey Ford had sent lawmakers describing the alleged incident. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, earlier this summer, alleging that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in the early 1980s. She told The Washington Post that Judge watched and laughed as Kavanaugh tried to remove her clothes and held his hand over her mouth so she couldn't scream.

He added that stories like Ford's "were rampant at that high school - I was not referring to her story specifically". Kavanaugh denies the allegation.

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