Trump wonders why Kavanaugh accuser didn't 'call the Federal Bureau of Investigation 36 years ago'

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Ford has said Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982 when both were high school students in Maryland.

He tweeted that if the attack was "as bad as she says", then either she or her "loving parents" would have "immediately filed [charges] with local Law Enforcement Authorities". His Republican party accuses the Democrats of using Ford as a last-minute spoiler to try and wreck Kavanaugh's path to the highest court, where he would tilt the bench firmly to the right for possibly years to come. She said Ford needs time to make sure her family is secure, prepare her testimony and travel to Washington. "I go through this with them every single day in D.C".

Kavanaugh's nomination was thrown into turmoil after Christine Blasey Ford accused him of sexual assault when they were both teenagers in the 1980s.

Kavanaugh, who's been eager to testify, said he was ready to appear Monday.

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Even though Brett Kavanaugh is still in the middle of a firestorm thanks to Christine Blasey Ford's sexual assault allegations against him, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is apparently quite confident this will not stop the judge's rise to the Supreme Court.

But perhaps most galling is the way Trump's attack is another example of suggesting that just because women don't report rapes or assaults, they must not be true. Susan Collins of ME and Jeff Flake of Arizona - said that unless Ford testified Monday they would move on to Kavanagh's vote.

Trump told Hannity on Thursday night that the Senate Judiciary Committee should move swiftly to finish vetting Kavanaugh.

Grassley said in a tweet Thursday that committee investigators have been following up on the leads from Ford's allegations and from news stories.

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Her lawyer, Debra Katz, rejected this and in a phone call to the committee on Thursday spelled out her client's conditions for testifying. Kavanaugh has denied the allegations.

A senior White House official said Kavanaugh and his wife also had received threats.

The lawyers said Ford was opposed to being questioned by outside counsel, according to Politico.

Twelve of Ford's family members wrote an open letter, posted on Twitter by her niece, actress and singer Bridgit Mendler, calling Ford "highly ethical" and saying "her honesty is above reproach". In the poll, conducted from September 11-17, 36% of United States adults surveyed did not want Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, up 6% points from a similar poll a month earlier, while 31% favored Kavanaugh's appointment.

Still Flake, who said previously that "We can't vote until we hear more", and was one of the first Republicans to call for the hearing's delay, is also among those imploring Ford to testify Monday.

"But I can only say this: He's such an outstanding man - very hard for me to imagine that anything happened", Trump said.

The confirmation fight comes just weeks before November 6 congressional elections in which Democrats are seeking to win control of Congress from the Republicans. She said she will not go through with a committee interview if asked.

Sen. McConnell charged that Senate Republicans must "wait out the obstruction" from Senate Democrats and that Kavanaugh will soon join President Trump's other nominee, Neil Gorsuch, on the Supreme Court.

But Republicans are hoping to win committee and full Senate approval for Mr Kavanaugh this month, before the new Supreme Court session begins, and have shown no taste for slowing that process.

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