President Trump says he feels ‘terribly’ for Brett Kavanaugh

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The letter notes that since Ford's identity was revealed, she has received "vicious harassment and even death threats", has been forced to relocate from her home and has had her email hacked.

In the end, "I doubt very seriously any minds will be changed by this", says Ross Baker, a political scientist and expert on the Senate at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J.

Trump spoke to reporters Monday afternoon in the White House Roosevelt Room where he was peppered with questions just hours after Kavanaugh strongly denied that he sexually assaulted a teenage girl three decades ago when they both were in high school.

"Any issues that have come up have been turned over to the people that do the background investigations and we'll see what they come up with", Leahy said at the time.

Feinstein, a California Democrat, took the worst possible course by waiting until nearly a week after Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing was completed to ominously announce that she had turned over "information from an individual" about Kavanaugh to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and adding that she would be honoring the woman's "strongly requested" confidentiality. I have never done anything like what the accuser describes-to her or to anyone. Ford has said she is willing to testify, but not said whether she will participate in Monday's hearing.

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Mr Trump, who reportedly did not meet Mr Kavanaugh on Tuesday, expressed sympathy for his nominee.

"We still haven't heard from Dr. Ford, so do they want to have the hearing or not?"

Judge Brett Kavanaugh looks on during his confirmation hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee to be Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Sept. 4, 2018 in Washington. Ford said one night during a party that summer, an intoxicated 17-year-old Kavanaugh pinned her down, began groping at her clothes and held her mouth to prevent her from screaming.

Democrats had demanded a delay in the committee's vote in order to let the FBI investigate. "This should happen before the Senate moves forward on this nominee", Feinstein said in a statement released Sunday. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) that the committee should delay its vote pending an investigation, Leahy said, "That would make sense".

"We can not brush aside these extraordinarily serious allegations in an unseemly rush to confirm Judge Kavanaugh to a lifetime seat", Leahy said in a separate statement issued later Monday morning. They include: shame, denial, minimization, fear of the consequences, low self-esteem, feelings of hopelessness and helplessness, lack of information, disbelief.

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