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Attorney for Kavanaugh Accuser Christine Blasey Ford: ‘Rush to a Hearing Is Unnecessary’

A former classmate of Christine Blasey Ford tells NPR that she does not know if an alleged sexual assault by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh took place as she first suggested on social media. A second woman, Deborah Ramirez, accused him in an article published in the New Yorker magazine on Sunday of sexual misconduct during the 1983-84 academic year when both attended Yale University.

"For people to come out of the woodwork from 36 years ago and 30 years ago and never mention it, all of a sudden it happens - in my opinion, it's totally political".

"This alleged behavior would render Judge Kavanaugh unfit for the Supreme Court, or for any court", said Emily Martin, vice president for education and workplace justice at the National Women's Law Center.

Feinstein considered starting an internal investigation and other ways to prove Ford's allegations without identifying her over the course of the intervening months.

One of the authors behind the latest account into accusations against Kavanaugh, Jane Mayer, told "CBS This Morning" that at a "certain point.there's things people won't say to a reporter that they might feel they need to say to the Federal Bureau of Investigation".

Senator Grassley did not say whether the hearing will be held Monday with only Judge Kavanaugh if Ms. Ford decides not to testify, or whether the panel would vote on Judge Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court without hearing her testimony.

Ford's lawyers have said she's received death threats. Here's all you need to know about her, including her recent allegations against Kavanaugh. She and Kavanaugh are scheduled to testify in the Senate Monday, but she wants to delay the hearing until the FBI can investigate her case.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley on Sunday said in a statement the committee will "attempt to evaluate" the new accusations.

"Judge Kavanaugh is an outstanding person". Thus signalling that Ms. Ford is unwilling to testify under oath in front of the Senate Judiciary committee about the long all alleged incident. Kavanaugh categorically denied her account.

President Donald Trump's Republican Party has a challenge to maintain control of Congress in November's mid-term elections | AFP
President Donald Trump's Republican Party has a challenge to maintain control of Congress in November's mid-term elections | AFP

Female celebrities have taken the initiative in banding together to support Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct in the early 1980s.

In the poll, conducted from September 11-17, 36 percent of USA adults surveyed did not want Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, up 6 percentage points from a similar poll a month earlier, while 31 percent favored Kavanaugh's appointment. Ford is also set to testify to the committee.

Fifty-four percent of likely voters in Texas reported that Kavanaugh should be confirmed, while 39 percent said he should not.

"This is a smear, plain and simple".

'I look forward to testifying on Thursday about the truth, and defending my good name - and the reputation for character and integrity I have spent a lifetime building - against these last-minute allegations, ' he wrote in a statement.

A White House spokeswoman says the administration stands by the nominee, labelling the allegation "the latest in coordinated smear campaign by the Democrats created to tear a good man down".

She alleges Mr Kavanaugh tried to drunkenly remove her clothing, pinned her to a bed and covered her mouth at a high-school party in 1982 when she was 15 and he was 17. Kavanaugh denies the accusation.

The White House released a letter on Thursday evening from Kavanaugh, where he said he would be at the planned hearing on Monday.

"I don't think one man's shoulders should bear decades of the #MeToo movement", Conway said in an interview on CBS News. "What exactly is the standard for ruining one man's life based on decades of allegations that have nothing to do with him?"

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