McConnell Slams Democrats for Timing of Sexual Assault Allegation Against Kavanaugh

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At the White House, Trump said, "If it takes a little delay, it will take a little delay".

"If it takes a little delay it'll take a little delay", Mr. Trump said - though he added it "shouldn't be much delay". "It will, I'm sure, work out very well".

"She has taken a polygraph".

"Because this never happened, I had no idea who was making this accusation until she identified herself yesterday", Kavanaugh added. "I have never done anything like what the accuser describes - to her or to anyone".

"Nevertheless, we are working diligently to get to the bottom of these claims", Grassley said. "The Minority withheld even the anonymous allegations for six weeks, only to later decide that they were serious enough to investigate on the eve of the committee vote, after the vetting process had been completed", the chairman continued.

Noting that the accusation dates back 36 years to when Kavanaugh was in high school, McConnell said on the Senate floor that Democrats unveiled it "at the last minute in an irregular manner".

But there is also potential for overreach for the #MeToo movement - and Democrats - if they argue that one incident, allegedly carried out by a drunken 17-year-old Kavanaugh, disqualifies an otherwise stellar legal career and seemingly upright character. Kavanaugh has repeatedly denied the allegations against him.

Manchin, meanwhile, said Ford "deserves to be heard", and Kavanaugh "deserves a chance to clear his name" during a hearing. White House counselor Kellyanne Conway appeared to set the tone across multiple morning shows on Monday when she pushed for Ford to be allowed to testify before lawmakers. Now, he holds political leverage that could thwart Trump's push for Kavanaugh to be on the Supreme Court.

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Heller said last week he had "no reservations" about voting to confirm Kavanaugh.

Late July: Ford opted to contact California Democratic Sen. Quoting Justice Thomas from his nomination hearing, Mr. Feehery said this seems like another "high-tech lynching", this time "of a white Irish Catholic guy".

During a 10-minute phone call with Sen. September 16: The Washington Post published an article in which Ford comes forward and details her allegations. "I have, however, referred the matter to federal investigative authorities".

Many GOP activists stood firmly by Kavanaugh amid the firestorm and prepared for a drawn-out battle over his nomination.

Women who organized and signed it say it was a rapid response by a social network that endures decades after they graduated and was easy to mobilize: a chain of friends calling, texting and emailing friends from a Washington-area world where many still live and see each other. Then there's the man in the Oval Office, himself the subject of misconduct accusations by more than a dozen women - all liars, he has said.

"There is no way for the American people to be assured through any Senate Judiciary process that [Kavanaugh] can be trusted in his denials of this extraordinarily credible claim by a woman who had nothing to gain, and everything to lose by bravely coming forward and telling her story", Hogue told reporters, "It is NARAL's position and the position of our members that Brett Kavanaugh should withdraw his nomination immediately". He said that should happen after a thorough FBI investigation.

But Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer of NY said it would be "a deep insult to the women of America" if Grassley did not postpone Thursday's meeting. She said she was around 15 at the time. She said that Kavanaugh put his hand over her mouth when she screamed, and only stopped when another teenager broke up the encounter.

There is no evidence, other than maybe her husband's vague recollection, that she ever told the therapist in 2012 that her attacker was Brett Kavanaugh. Bob Corker of Tennessee, who also is retiring, is not on the panel but said the vote should be postponed until the committee has heard from Ford. Key will be the views of Collins and Sen.

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