"So it kind of raises the question, do they want to come to the public hearing or not?" She said there are still a lot of questions, and "we need to know what happened". She says that a small group of students were drinking at a home in suburban Maryland, and that Kavanaugh and a friend, Mark Judge, were heavily intoxicated.
The White House official says that the Trump administration will try its best to discredit the allegations, pointing out the fact that they were made so late in the confirmation process and so many years after the alleged crime occurred.
"It's good to hear from both the accuser and the accused here", Conway said, "and allow the Senate to weigh what they learn in those exchanges, along with the mountain of other testimonial evidence and other statements of support and endorsements of Brett Kavanaugh by the women he's known all throughout his life". He's an outstanding intellect, an outstanding judge respected by everybody, never had even a little blemish on his record. He told reporters at the White House: "If it takes a little delay, it will take a little delay". She told the Post that she did not remember where the alleged assault took place, when exactly it happened or how she got home afterwards.
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Committee chairman Senator Chuck Grassley said "anyone who comes forward as Dr. Ford has deserves to be heard, so I will continue working on a way to hear her out in an appropriate, precedented and respectful manner ..."
When asked earlier in the day if committee Democrats would be satisfied with a hearing instead of re-opening an FBI investigation, a spokesperson for Feinstein said the focus was on the FBI and declined to discuss any hypotheticals.
The decision, which will likely push back the confirmation timeline - the committee was expected to vote on Kavanaugh's nomination this coming Thursday - came one day after Ford publicly identified herself in an interview with the Washington Post as the woman who had written a letter to Sen. "I can tell you the Republican senators want to be a hundred percent happy themselves". She did not announce what the accusations against him are or who is making them.More news: Flake says he is 'not comfortable voting yes' on Kavanaugh
Judge Brett Kavanaugh has adamantly denied allegations that he sexually assaulted a girl at a party decades ago when they were both teenagers.More news: PSV's Hirving Lozano: Barcelona a 'dream' to play for in future
It's not yet clear, though, whether the hearing will go forward. Dr. Ford's attorney could have approached my office, while keeping her client confidential and anonymous, so that these allegations could be thoroughly investigated.
Feinstein has been around Washington long enough to know that her opaque statement guaranteed that the contents of the letter, sent by a Stanford law professor on behalf of the accuser, would be pursued and publicized in short order.
But the spectacle surrounding the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the U.S. Supreme Court is a classic case study of how a judicial body that considers itself a cloistered debating society can not escape the political winds that blow outside the building that features, just to the left of the entrance of the marble structure, a statue titled Contemplation of Justice. Grassley was also adamant that the hearing would remain civil and that neither witnesses would be badgered by committee members. The committee has set a hearing to review both people's testimony on Monday. Corker, however, does not sit on the panel. Although Sen. Dianne Feinstein was aware of Ford's story in July, she did not attempt to delay the confirmation process until this month.More news: Emergency crews throw supply lifeline to isolated Wilmington; at least 32 dead