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J. Scott Applewhite  APBrett Kavanaugh is sworn in before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington Sept. 4 2018

J. Scott Applewhite APBrett Kavanaugh is sworn in before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington Sept. 4 2018

The dueling testimony had been expected to take place Monday in a piece of blockbuster Washington theater, putting both Trump's bid to tilt the Supreme Court to the right and political momentum ahead of November midterm congressional elections into play. It will also play out against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement, a cultural development that has shone a spotlight on sexual harassment and toppled powerful men in government, entertainment, the media and other businesses.

Kavanaugh and the woman accusing him of physical and sexual assault, Christine Blasey Ford, will testify, a source with knowledge of the schedule tells CNN. "And if we're going to hold people accountable for things that they did 40 years ago and say whether it's relevant or not relevant". And it. raised questions: "what would be the objective of the hearing if Dr. Ford doesn't want to respond?" he said.

"Such an approach would provide more continuity, elicit the most information, and allow for an in-depth examination of the allegations", she said. Per the Mercury News, she went so far as to tell a different friend this past July that "I've been trying to forget this all my life, and now I'm supposed to remember every little detail".

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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Meanwhile, a Republican US Senate committee chairman has said that Ms Ford has not yet agreed to appear at apublic hearing set for next Monday. A lawyer for Ford has not returned multiple requests for comment.

The judge and his accuser, California research psychologist Christine Blasey Ford, are to be questioned publicly on the alleged episode from their youth - although Dr. Ford has yet to confirm that she will attend. "She said she had been assaulted". Ford is saying that these were note taking mistakes on the part of her therapist.

But with the Kavanaugh confirmation process - already a noisy pageant of political charges, fierce lobby campaigns and passionate protests - roiled by 11th-hour claims that as a 17-year-old high school student he sexually assaulted a young woman, the American capital is convulsed in one of the periodic episodes that seems to capture the zeitgeist of the age.

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"I am willing to talk to the Senate Judiciary Committee in any way the Committee deems appropriate to refute this false allegation, from 36 years ago, and defend my integrity".

Anita Hill, whose 1991 allegations of sexual harassment against a Supreme Court nominee foreshadowed the scene now playing out in D.C., said Tuesday that the Senate is no better prepared to vet claims against a nominee today than it was then. When she testified before the Judiciary Committee, senators on both sides of the all-male panel questioned her credibility.

Grassley did not rule out the suggestion when asked during the radio show. "Never had even a little blemish on his record", Trump said.

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Democrats are demanding that the FBI be given time to reopen its background investigation into Kavanaugh so it can check Ford's assertions.

"The FBI shouldn't be involved because they don't want to be involved", Trump said. "I feel terribly for them".

"This is so patently unfair to her, and what really bothers me and gets me so angry is that the White House is victimizing this person", Sen. "The Senators will do a good job". Dianne Feinstein had the letter, which requested confidentiality, for weeks before she turned it over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and fellow Senate Democrats.

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It is highly unlikely that events from more than three decades in the past, when the evidence is conflicted, could have succeeded in a court of law, but there are now no reliable evidentiary standards for the struggle in which we are engaged. Trump picked Kavanaugh to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, a conservative who sometimes sided with the court's liberal wing.

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