Who is the woman accusing Kavanaugh of sexual assault?

Brett Kavanaugh

World Service - Newsday, Will Kavanaugh accuser testify?

She's pissed because not enough people are taking Ford's allegations seriously and therefore aren't taking the approval of a possible Supreme Court judge seriously.

The accusation, which Kavanaugh has denied, is consuming Washington, where the nomination's fate is suddenly in limbo. She said she got away when a companion of Kavanaugh's jumped on him. In short order, the committee's chairman, Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA).

His colleague on the committee, Sen.

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) has been one to say that the FBI "does not do investigations like this".

That's not really true, as the example from the Thomas-Hill hearings makes clear. Dianne Feinstein of California, had a letter from Ford outlining the alleged attack.

The potential for backlash is likely why the volatile Trump, who customarily would lash out at Kavanaugh's accuser, was muted on Monday.

Democrats, already fiercely opposed to Kavanaugh, whose confirmation could consolidate the conservative grip on the top US court, had demanded a delay in the committee's vote to let the FBI investigate.

GOP senators Jeff Flake and Bob Corker have publicly stated they have doubts about Kavanaugh, and conservatives have pointed out that both men despise President Trump and could be angling for an opportunity to derail the nominee and hurt Trump. "I am, anyway, and I think most of us are".

"A full investigation by law enforcement officials will ensure that the crucial facts and witnesses in this matter are assessed in a non-partisan manner, and that the committee is fully informed before conducting any hearing or making any decisions", the lawyers wrote. The answer is obvious: yes, particularly if what that man did is a serious crime and he has never owned up to it nor sought to make amends.

"On Sept. 23, the allegation was brought to the attention of the Judiciary Committee", a White House statement at the time read. He told reporters at the White House: "If it takes a little delay, it will take a little delay".

As the Judiciary Committee has recognized and done before, an FBI investigation of the incident should be the first step in addressing her allegations. "Upon completion of the FBI investigation on September 26, the report was submitted to the White House and the committee". It investigated Anita Hill's allegations of sexual harassment against Clarence Thomas.

But Kavanaugh's unwavering denial amid demands that the hearing be delayed have helped consolidate GOP support for the embattled nominee.

The allegation has shaken up the battle over Kavanaugh's confirmation, and Republicans are calling for a public hearing with both accuser and accused testifying.

The goal of a background investigation is to determine whether the nominee could pose a risk to the national security of the United States. Unable to get an interview with Ford, they started interviewing neighbors. The agency conducted background checks six times over the years on Kavanaugh.

Ford's lawyers say she has been subject to death threats as a result of her allegations against Kavanaugh. Her family has relocated, they said.

Feinstein faces a fellow Democrat in November because of California's unusual primary system that sends the two highest vote-getters to the general election regardless of party.

The advantage of an interview by federal authorities as opposed to letters from attorneys or interviews with the media is that a federal investigation would carry the weight of criminal charges in the event of deliberate falsehoods.

If Ford declines to appear at the scheduled Judiciary Committee hearing next Monday, there is no guarantee Republicans will agree to delay the scheduled confirmation vote again.

"How much in society should any of us be held liable today when we've lived a good life, an upstanding life by all accounts, and then something that maybe is an arguable issue, took place in high school?"

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