Trump drops civil tone, slams Kavanaugh accuser credibility

Clay Curtis
September 22, 2018

Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, will speak to the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Friday in San Francisco about the death threats against her, a source close to Ford tells CNN. A substantial delay could push confirmation past the November elections, when Democrats have a shot at winning Senate control, plus allow more time for unforeseen problems to crop up.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley late Friday night granted another extension to Christine Blasey Ford to decide on whether she will testify to the committee.

"The 10:00 p.m. deadline is arbitrary". It was not immediately clear how Republicans would respond to Ford's request to testify later in the week.

Mr Kavanaugh was seen at the White House on Thursday.

Leading the way for the GOP is President Donald Trump, the former reality show star who on Friday attacked Ford's credibility and zeroes in on people who "make me look as bad as possible".

When asked what evidence she's referring to, Severino pointed to the lack of any kind of known pattern of similar behavior, plus women who knew Kavanaugh at the time and women who dated him saying the allegations do not match the Brett Kavanaugh they know.

Republican Senator Susan Collins, potentially a key vote on Kavanaugh's nomination, said at an event in Portland, Maine, that she was "appalled" by Trump's tweet.

"We know that allegations of sexual assault are some of the most under-reported crimes that exist".

"I thought that the president's tweet was completely inappropriate and wrong". He would know. As he campaigned for president, 16 women had accused him of sexual assault, including on the set of The Apprentice. Last December, for example, he endorsed Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, who had been abandoned by most Republicans after he was accused of sexual misconduct with underage girls.

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During a speech to conservative activists at the Values Voters Summit in Washington on Friday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell appeared determined to stay the course.

The preference would be for Ford to testify next Thursday, and she doesn't want Kavanaugh in the same room, her attorney told Judiciary Committee staff in a 30-minute call that also touched on security concerns and others issues. "We're going to plow right through it, and do our job".

Trump's Friday tweets contrasted to comments earlier in the week when he said Ford should be heard, even if it meant a delay in the confirmation process.

"I have never done anything like what the accuser describes - to her or to anyone". Kavanaugh then allegedly locked the door, put on loud music to muffle any sounds, and reportedly attempted to remove Ford's clothing.

Kavanaugh has vehemently denied the allegation. "They are totally intent on getting Judge Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court come hell or high water".

According to reports on Thursday, the Republicans are considering hiring a female outside litigator to handle the questioning, which would be televised nationally.

Conway says Ford and Kavanaugh should testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee next week.

The tone and attitude of the callers varies - one call that CNN observed indicated support for Kavanaugh's confirmation to the court.

Katz reiterated that Ford, now a psychology professor in California, has received death threats and for safety reasons has relocated her family.

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