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The confirmation fight comes just weeks before the November 6 congressional elections in which Democrats are seeking to take control of Congress from Trump's party, which could be a major blow to the president's agenda.

Grassley added, "Accusers deserve to be heard and, after they're heard and we also have a responsibility to hear judge Kavanaugh, and I want to hear from Dr. Ford, and she deserved to be heard, because these are serious accusations".

Democrats have called for a full FBI investigation of the allegations, however, saying the Monday hearing will be too soon.

"Judge Kavanaugh is ready to speak today", Schlapp said on Tuesday.

"It raises questions and I think the objective of the disclosure of this is not to attack Judge Kavanaugh, not to attack his credibility". A friend now tells the Mercury News that that isn't so, that Ford told her a year ago that someone who went on to become a federal judge had attacked her when she was much younger. A version of its ends with the question, referring to Maine Republican Susan Collins, who has said she is undecided about voting for Kavanaugh: "Senator Collins, what more do you need?" And now Democrats have the president's own standard to argue for why Republicans both should extend the Kavanaugh process and eventually vote against Kavanaugh.

"You're never going to know everything about a nominee, but you want to - and you try to, " said Thomas Rath, who was a leading member of the effort to prepare David Souter for his 1990 Supreme Court confirmation hearings and for the successful 90-9 vote on the Senate floor.

With November's midterm elections less than two months away, both sides signaled they would navigate Monday's scheduled Senate Judiciary Committee hearing cautiously.

Ford, who is a professor based in California, told the Washington Post that Kavanaugh pinned her down and attempted to remove her bathing suit, while covering her mouth as she tried to scream.

"The FBI investigation of Judge Kavanaugh is closed", he said.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill Sept. 4 2018 in Washington D.C
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Pressure on Senate Republicans to delay Kavanaugh's confirmation process intensified after Ford came forward on Sunday. Sen.

"I want to hear from Dr Ford", he said. Katz is a committed "Resistance" member opposed to the Trump administration, she told the University of Wisconsin Law School alumni magazine.

Lawmakers have not made any request for Ford to testify publicly before the Judiciary Committee. "First of all, we've got to look at why we're having the hearing".

"Obviously, if Judge Kavanaugh has lied about what happened, that would be disqualifying", she said.

While Ford initially sought to keep her allegation confidential, she said she opted to go public once the allegation emerged in the public eye and reporters began pursuing her. Ford has said she is willing to testify, but not said whether she will participate in Monday's hearing. Her husband told WaPo for its bombshell story on Sunday that she did name Kavanaugh as her assailant in couples therapy sessions in 2012 - but the therapist's notes don't record that.

The President also once again lamented Sen.

Kavanaugh has unequivocally denied the charge that as a 17-year-old high school student he drunkenly tackled and groped 15-year-old Christine Blasey Ford. "She is now being given an opportunity to come before the Senate Judiciary Committee to answer questions, and I really hope that she doesn't pass up that opportunity".

The agency's exhaustive background checks into Kavanaugh, as a Supreme Court nominee, were aimed at checking "whether the nominee could pose a risk to the national security of the United States", the Federal Bureau of Investigation said.

Republic Sen. Susan Collins of ME said that in a telephone conversation with Kavanaugh on Friday he was "absolutely emphatic" that the assault didn't occur.

Trump slaps fresh tariffs on $200B of Chinese goods
The Journal report quoted one senior Chinese advisory official saying China would not negotiate "with a gun pointed to its head". The move, which had been expected since at least the weekend, imposes 10 percent tariffs on the products.



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