Brett Kavanaugh: what is he accused of, and what happens next?

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Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley said Professor Blasey Ford's chance to tell her story would be on Monday, when she could do so publicly or behind closed doors.

Privately, Trump is being cautioned extensively to stay out of the fight over Kavanaugh, according to two White House advisers, and so far has tempered his language. Only if the White House "demands it" will the FBI investigate the claim, Carlson said. He said senators hearing Ford's accusations, if she testifies, "will open it up and they will do a very good job" considering Ford's allegations and Kavanaugh's denial. Now Ms. Ford says she won't testify until the FBI investigates Judge Kavanaugh first.

Why is the Senate setting a deadline?

Lisa Banks says her client, Christine Blasey Ford, is willing to co-operate but wants a "full non-partisan investigation" ahead of her testimony. "Nothing the Federal Bureau of Investigation or any other investigator does would have any bearing on what Dr. Ford tells the committee, so there is no reason for any other delay".

"I think we have to give her the hearing that she deserves, with actual investigation like there would be for any kind of trial on this kind of issue", Sack said. A lot of midterm voters are either locked into partisan positions that are almost unshakable, or are simply reacting to their overall perceptions of the president, whose perceived job performance is the single most important variable.

Back in 1991, however, the FBI did investigate sexual harassment claims against then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas.

The White House under President George W Bush ordered that inquiry.

Judge Thomas was narrowly confirmed and he remains a Supreme Court justice. 'We interviewed Dr. Ford for four hours, here's what she told us.

"I hope that each and every one of us will immediately denounce the horrific treatment of Dr. Blasey Ford".

That's part of the plan by the slowdown crowd, whose objective is not to learn the truth, but to deny Judge Kavanaugh " s confirmation because they don't like his views of the Constitution and the law.

Earlier on Wednesday, CNN reported that a former classmate of Kavanaugh denied attending a high school party where the nominee is accused of assaulting Ford. She also alleges that Kavanaugh put her hand over her mouth when she attempted to scream.

None of this is to say that Senate Republicans had any better choice than the one they pursued. If she shows, or makes arrangements to testify behind closed doors or to committee staffers, fine. Orrin Hatch's defense of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and shattered it Wednesday night. Mark Judge, the other person supposedly in the room during the incident, claims he never saw Kavanaugh behave how Ford describes.

"He has revealed his bias against limits on campaign donations which places him completely out of the mainstream of this nation", McCaskill said. "She has the moral duty to present what she says she knows in an appropriate forum, and under our system, that forum is the Senate Judiciary Committee".

Here's the situation: With six weeks to go before crucial midterm elections, Republicans, who already have a problem appealing to women, are planning a high-profile public hearing that risks reminding women of why that is.