Showdown between Kavanaugh, accuser scheduled for next week


President Trump has said he found it "hard to imagine that anything happened" between Brett Kavanaugh, his Supreme Court nominee, and a woman who claimed that he sexually assaulted her at a drunken party in 1982. Ford has yet to accept an invitation from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley to an open hearing regarding the situation.

The Senate Judiciary Committee, which oversees Supreme Court nominations, is due to meet next Monday and has invited Ms Ford and Mr Kavanaugh to testify.

The president said the Senate has already given a lot of extra time to the process due to the late-breaking allegation and questioned the motives of Sen.

President Donald Trump also tweeted about the controversy Tuesday night, after mentioning in a press conference on an unrelated topic that Kavanaugh "doesn't deserve this".

"While Dr. Ford's life was being turned upside down, you and your staff scheduled a public hearing for her to testify at the same table as Judge Kavanaugh in front of two dozen U.S. Senators on national television to relive this traumatic and harrowing incident", the letter reads.

"If she shows up, that would be wonderful".

"We will delay the process until it's finished out", Trump said.

Biden, who was serving as the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, presided over the Thomas hearings and came under heavy fire from the left for, as the Huffington Post puts it, "allowing ― and some said abetting ― an all-white and all-male committee to badger Hill with probing and skeptical questions".

Kavanaugh, 53, has vehemently denied the accusation.

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Ford grew up in Montgomery county, Maryland, where she crossed paths with Kavanaugh, and attended high school at Holton-Arms, a private girls school.

The allegation has placed the nomination of Kavanaugh, a conservative federal appeals court judge, in peril.

Democrats came out in support of Ford, saying the matter needs more time for investigation.

"We're not talking about whether the conditions are 'ideal, ' we're talking about whether the conditions are actually tenable - whether or not it's going to be anything more than just a sham proceeding, so that the senators can say, 'We gave her a chance to talk, '" before going on to just confirm him as they intended, Hill said.

For maximum potency of that message, though, Ford has to testify.

"I think she must have had some sort of a frightful situation".

Trump, who has repeatedly brushed off allegations of his own sexual misconduct, has so far stood by the judge and on Tuesday he again called him "outstanding". Her family has relocated, they said.

The attorney also stated that before her client appears at the hearing, she wants an FBI investigation into Mr Kavanaugh.

Trump is praising Kavanaugh as one of the finest people he's known. "But now, at the 11th hour, with committee votes on the schedule, after Democrats have spent weeks and weeks searching for any possible reason that the nomination should be delayed-now they choose to introduce this allegation". Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, for not bringing forward a letter detailing the allegation, which she has had for months, sooner.