Brett Kavanaugh Accused Of Sex Misconduct By Second Woman - New Yorker Report

Battle lines drawn for Senate showdown on Trump court nominee

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Judiciary Committee ranking member Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., wrote a letter to President Trump urging him to direct the FBI to investigate sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Kavanaugh's confirmation appears to turn mostly on the support or opposition of three Republican senators: Jeff Flake of Arizona, who is on the Judiciary panel that Republicans control 11-10; Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

On Saturday night, Leland Ingham Keyser, a classmate of Ford's at the all-girls school Holton-Arms and her final named witness, denied any recollection of attending a party with Brett Kavanaugh.

Democratic Senator Dick Durbin of IL, also a Judiciary Committee member, questioned why Ford would have come forward if the allegation wasn't true. Charles E. Schumer and Dianne Feinstein said in a letter Sunday. He has said he wants to testify as soon as possible to clear his name. The details of the hearing still need to be "ironed out", but if Ford had not made a decision to testify, the committee would have voted on Kavanaugh's nomination on Monday.

In other words, Ford expects to be believed without question because 36 years ago she suffered what for any woman would be a devastating experience she "will never forget" - but she demands to be excused for not recalling key facts about the unforgettable.

But now? The idea that one of the "other two boys" turned out to be not only a woman, but someone Ford has known all her life is a bit much to swallow.

Earlier Friday, Grassley rejected concessions Ford wanted if she is tell her story publicly before the committee.

The clinical psychology professor accused Judge Kavanaugh - Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee - of pinning her to a bed at a party in Maryland in the early 1980s when she was 15. She was supposedly not only at the party, but stayed in touch, remaining friends with Ford for all of these years. But this looks like more of a case of using the wrong app and not just using Twitter badly, mostly because Kavanaugh doesn't have a Twitter account. The calendars suggest Kavanaugh was out of town around the time of the incident, The New York Times reported.

But holding onto Kavanaugh's nomination and going through an investigation is a political risk for Republicans. Republican committee staff and Ford's lawyers had reached a stalemate in negotiations over the details of the testimony.

Until Friday, Trump - who himself has faced sexual assault allegations - had largely left it to senators on the Judiciary Committee to handle Blasey's claims.

Patrick J. Smyth provided a similar statement.

The lawyers for Ford wrote that she "accepts the Committee's request to provide her first-hand knowledge of Brett Kavanaugh's sexual misconduct next week".

Some reports say she will testify on Wednesday or Thursday.

Four Democrat Senators were alerted to the allegation by a civil rights attorney.

Kavanaugh, 53, has denied Blasey's allegation and will be given the chance to respond to her testimony. "It should be fully investigated", Senator Mazie Hirono said.

"It really speaks to her credibility at this moment". Grassley had granted Ford five deadline extensions before both parties agreed on a hearing.

A substantial delay could push confirmation past the November elections, when Democrats have a shot at winning Senate control, plus allow more time for unforeseen problems to crop up.

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