Trump's Supreme Court pick ready to testify over sex assault allegation

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh

Dianne Feinstein since July, but it only recently surfaced. It is true that, for example, she recalls some specific details of the alleged assault itself - Kavanaugh's hand allegedly covering her mouth, the other boy in the room laughing - more clearly than she did other details, such as the address of the party and time and date. Hasn't she already said all she thinks she needs to say?

Ms Feinstein on Sunday called on the FBI to investigate Ms Ford's story "before the Senate moves forward on this nominee".

CNN was not provided a copy of the letter sent to Feinstein, but a source who had the letter read the contents of a redacted version to CNN, in which the accuser who detailed her allegations to Feinstein wrote she had "received medical treatment regarding the assault" and said she expected it to remain confidential as she felt compelled to say something. Critics have already accused the GOP of fast-tracking the process to get Kavanaugh on the court by October 1, the first day of the fall term.

Asked whether the FBI is investigating the Kavanaugh allegation, the FBI said, as it did last week, that there is no FBI investigation.

"I agree with Senator Flake that we should delay this week's vote", Feinstein said.

In considering the veracity of the allegations, we must also apply some scrutiny to Kavanaugh's denial.

Ford initially declined to come forward.

"There's nothing to say", Katz told BuzzFeed News Wednesday.

On NBC's "Today", Katz defended Ford's initial decision to stay anonymous and then to come forward.

"For too long, when woman (sic) have made serious allegations of abuse, they have been ignored", the New York Democrat said. The woman has not gone public but Sen. But as the media pressed the matter further, even showing up at her place of employment, Ford said she knew the can of worms had been opened - and there was no way it would be closed ever again.

In addition, Republicans on the Judiciary Committee have released a letter of support from 65 women who knew the 53-year-old federal appeals court judge during his high school years at Georgetown Prep, an all-boys Jesuit school in Bethesda, Maryland.

As it stands now, this is simply an attempt to smear a man who had an impeccable reputation in high school.

Brett Kavanaugh testifies on the third day of his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing in Washington.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley plans to speak with Mr Kavanaugh and Ms Ford before the committee's scheduled vote, according to a panel spokesman.

The letter apparently has been in the custody of Judiciary Committee member Sen.

"Unfortunately, committee Republicans have only known this person's identity from news reports for less than 24 hours and known about her allegations for less than a week", Grassley said.

Grassley's office said Sunday that the committee is working to set up a time for a staff call with Ford.

In its initial story, The Intercept reported the letter was said to have been written by someone affiliated with Stanford University. "Senator Feinstein, on the other hand, has had this information for many weeks and deprived her colleagues of the information necessary to do their jobs".

Judge is a filmmaker and author who has written for the Daily Caller, the Weekly Standard and The Washington Post.

On Thursday, Grassley told reporters he had not seen the letter.

"Many of us are survivors ourselves".

With Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation still in the balance, Republicans on the hill and in Trump's White House are scurrying to try to discredit Ford's story the best they can. White House Counsel Donald McGahn, a leading architect of the strategy, has been due to leave the White House once Kavanaugh is confirmed, after it was disclosed that he was cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian election meddling.

Judge Andrew Napolitano joined the "Fox & Friends" co-hosts Monday morning to weigh in on how this bombshell allegation affects Kavanaugh's nomination. Not until the eve of his confirmation has Sen. She says both Kavanaugh and Judge were "stumbling drunk", and Judge eventually jumped on top of both of them, allowing her to struggle free and lock herself in the bathroom until the boys left. That's hardly an effort to get into a fair and thorough investigation of what has occurred.