Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick ready to testify over sex assault allegation

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"He has denied this and I feel bad that this happened to him". The Senate Judiciary Committee is due to vote on the Kavanaugh nomination Thursday.

"She believes that but for his inebriation and his inability to take her clothes off, he would have raped her", Katz said. On whether the vote should be delayed, Collins was only willing to tell CNN she would "be talking with my colleagues, but I really don't have anything to add at this point". Critics have accused the GOP of fast-tracking the process to get Kavanaugh on the court by October 1, the first day of the fall term.

Here's what we know about Ford.

Over 200 female alumnae from Ford's own highschool, Holton-Arms, have signed a letter of support attesting to Ford's character and supporting the allegations she has made against Kavanaugh. Days earlier Kavanaugh had seemed on track for quick approval. White House adviser Kellyanne Conway told reporters Monday that the accuser's allegations should be heard by the Senate. But she said she didn't come forward at first because she feared retaliation. Judge Kavanaugh's credibility has already been seriously questioned. He has the power to stall consideration if all Democrats on the panel join him since Republicans only hold an 11-10 majority on the committee.

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer also called for a delay in the confirmation process while Ford's allegations are investigated. Democrats "have managed to cast a cloud of doubt on both the professor and the judge", she told the New York Times.

Democratic Sen. Dick Durban said that the vote "must be postponed" until the FBI investigated the claims. I can tell you the Republican senators want to be 100 percent happy themselves. Both are critics of President Trump and neither are up for reelection in their mostly conservative states.

Hatch also said there's "some question" whether Ford is "mixed up" and confusing Kavanaugh with someone else.

Republican Sens. Susan Collins and Jeff Flake suggested that the Monday hearing will be critical to determining whether they vote on the nomination, suggesting they may vote against Kavanaugh depending on how the high-stakes session goes.

"I'd like to see a complete process", he said.

"Judge Kavanaugh looks forward to a hearing where he can clear his name of this false allegation". Dianne Feinstein, led a number of Democrats calling for a delay in the vote.

In 1991, an estimated 20 million people watched as Hill, then a University of Oklahoma law professor, accused Thomas of making unwanted advances and lewd remarks when she worked for him at the Education Department and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in the 1980s. Thomas went on to be confirmed. So two Republican votes against Kavanaugh's confirmation would derail it.

Kavanaugh could provide the fifth vote to overturn the Roe v. Wade abortion-rights decision.

"It takes courage for any woman to speak up about sexual assault, and we need to respect Prof".

She said Kavanaugh and a friend - both "stumbling drunk", she says - corralled her in a bedroom when she was around 15 and Kavanaugh was around 17. When she tried to scream, she said, he put his hand over her mouth.

Ford said she will participate in any proceedings she is invited to participate in. I believe they think it's important. She said Kavanaugh's friend, Mark Judge, jumped on top of them, sending them tumbling, and she was able to escape, the newspaper reported.

The Weekly Standard quoted Judge on Friday as saying no such incident ever occurred.

Ford detailed her story in a letter sent to Feinstein in July.

In morning television interviews, Mrs Katz said her client was willing to tell her story in public to the judiciary panel, although no politicians or their aides had yet contacted her. He has been a federal appeals court judge since 2006.

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