The Political Junkie: Allegations Against Brett Kavanaugh, Declassified FBI Documents, And More

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A woman who accuses Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh of trying to rape her in 1982 has offered to testify to the Senate if it can "ensure her safety".

Christine Blasey Ford's attorney said in an email to the committee it wouldn't be possible for her to testify at the hearing set for Monday (Sept 24), according to the Times.

Ford had said in a letter through her lawyers on Tuesday evening that she wanted an FBI investigation into the matter before she appeared before the Senate committee tasked with reviewing Kavanuagh's nomination.

In their letter, Ford's attorneys had further stated that Ford wished the FBI to investigate her claims before he came before the committee. Kavanaugh is scheduled to appear again before the Senate Judiciary Committee next Monday following allegations that have endangered his appointment to the Supreme Court.

Republican panel member Lindsey Graham said on Twitter that requiring an FBI investigation of a 36-year-old allegation "is not about finding the truth, but delaying the process till after the midterm elections".

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Here's why. Prior to her latest response, the growing expectation in Washington was that Kavanaugh's confirmation had been righted after being rocked by Ford's allegation last week.

"We are looking to get this done as quickly as possible", Trump said, "I don't think the Federal Bureau of Investigation should be involved because they don't want to be involved".

Debra Katz, the lawyer, wrote that she wished to "discuss the conditions under which [Prof Ford] would be prepared to testify next week".

Chuck Grassley, the committee's Republican chairman, on Wednesday sent a letter to Ford's lawyers giving her until 10 a.m. on Friday to submit prepared testimony if she meant to show up on Monday.

But for Flavio DaCosta, 24, also a third-year law student at RWU, Ford's accusation alone, without proof, isn't enough to disqualify Kavanaugh from serving on the Supreme Court.

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If Ford opts not to testify, Kavanaugh's chances for confirmation in the Republican-led Senate could be boosted, with senators in Trump's party so far remaining largely supportive. "It is imperative the Judiciary committee move forward on the Kavanaugh nomination and a committee vote be taken ASAP". Trump has said that if Dr Ford "shows up and makes a credible showing, that will be very interesting and we'll have to make a decision"; however, Kavanaugh is "such an outstanding man" that it is "very hard" for him to "imagine that anything happened".

Ford has said she wants the FBI to investigate her claim that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a high school party in the 1980s.

Ford said that Kavanaugh and his male friend, who were reportedly drunk, laughed.

Women who attended Christine Blasey Ford's high school have delivered a letter in support of her to senators as she faces scrutiny over her accusation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted when they were teens.

Republican lawmakers are trying to win Senate confirmation for Kavanaugh ahead of the court's start of a new term on October 1 or, if not by then, ahead of the November 6 nationwide congressional elections, to show Republican voters they have made good on campaign promises to place conservative judges like Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court.

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