Trump says Federal Bureau of Investigation should not probe allegations against top court pick

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US President Donald Trump stepped up his defence of his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh

She also said Mark Judge witnessed it. "This just came out 48 hours ago".

Editor's Note: On Tuesday night, CNN reported that Kavanaugh's accuser, Christine Ford, wants the Federal Bureau of Investigation to probe allegations before she testifies. "They will look at what she had to say from 36 years ago", he said, "and we will see what happens".

Ford has alleged that Kavanaugh pinned her down on the bed in an upstairs room while they were both attending a party in Chevy Chase, Maryland, in 1982. "We've invited everybody", he said.

Hill, whose credibility and reputation were on trial during the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings for Clarence Thomas, had urged the Senate to establish a protocol to assess sexual misconduct claims that emerge during the confirmation process.

Kavanaugh strongly denies the allegation and has suggested California college professor Christine Blasey Ford's account could be a case of mistaken identity. "I think politically speaking the senators will do a very good job". "The invitation for Monday still stands". "I hope she does".

"I'm not sure which is in play", Hill said.

Garrett Ventry, a spokesman for the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Grassley condemned the threats. Dr. Ford's life has already been badly disrupted by death threats and other intimidation.

Democrats complain that Ms Ford was not consulted before the hearing was announced.

Christine Blasey Ford is due to give evidence a Judiciary Committee hearing next week. Flake said some Republicans wanted to push for a hearing on Thursday, but he insisted on Monday.

"That's pretty telling, she hasn't responded to the committee's normal processes and we don't know if she's coming or not but this is her chance". She told no one about it at the time - understandable but less than ideal.

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"We should proceed as planned", he said. Are you hearing that from other Democrats, that they might boycott? Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said in a statement.

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

Blasey Ford has accused Kavanaugh of a sexual attack when they were both in high school.

Third-year law student Sebastien Voigt, 28, said Ford spoke up even though it put her career, her reputation and her lifestyle in jeopardy.

"I think now during this time period where very powerful men are being exposed for their actions from the past, I think the judiciary committee missed an opportunity to straight off kick him off and find someone else", he said.

The lawyers for Ford predicted the hearing, as now scheduled, "would include interrogation by senators who appear to have made up their minds" that she is "mistaken" and mixed up.

However, Feinstein's request for an investigation ahead of the hearing breaks with procedure.

"Anybody who comes forward at this point to be prepared to testify in the US Senate against someone who's being nominated to one of the most powerful positions in the US government, that takes an extraordinary amount of courage", said Democrat Kamala Harris, a member of the Senate panel weighing Kavanaugh's nomination.

Additionally, Democratic senators are calling for more witnesses and more time for the FBI to investigate the allegations. At the heart of the investigation is what Ford says.

Samantha Semerad Guerry, a classmate of Ford's who signed the letter, said the idea to write it came from their Holton-Arms class of 1984 alumnae email chain.

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