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GRASSLEY SPEAKS: Senate Judiciary Chairman Releases Kavanaugh Statement

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh at his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing in Washington on Sept. 6 2018. MUST CREDIT Bloomberg Andrew Harrer Bloomberg News Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh at his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing earlier this month
Melinda Barton | 18 September, 2018, 03:13

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's accuser deserves to have her story heard, Judiciary Chairman Charles E. Grassley said in a Monday statement.

A spokesman for Grassley told CNN that the chairman and Feinstein routinely hold bipartisan staff calls with nominees when updates are made to their background files.

In a press call Monday afternoon, leaders from several progressive organizations said the allegation against Kavanaugh should force his withdrawal.

But Senator Jeff Flake, a committee member, told The Washington Post and Politico in interviews on Sunday that he is "not comfortable" voting for Mr Kavanaugh until he learns more about the allegation.

Kavanaugh issued a new denial Monday morning in response to a woman's allegation that he assaulted her when they were both in high school. Dr. Ford's attorney could have approached my office, while keeping her client confidential and anonymous, so that these allegations could be thoroughly investigated.

Republicans and Democrats on the Judiciary Committee struggled to reach agreement on how best to proceed, however, despite the fact that both Kavanaugh and Ford offered to testify on the matter.

"We now know there are so many women who had similar experiences at different points of their lives, and the idea that a guy who sexually assaulted you would be on the Supreme Court is so stomach-turning that I think that there will just be an awareness and a reminder of how important it is to stand up, get involved and vote", McKenna said. She contacted her congressmember and The Washington Post through a tip line.

In the interview, Ford says she didn't reveal what had happened until 2012, when she and her husband sought couples therapy.

Lawmakers from both sides of the United States political divide have called for a delay in the vote on the nominee for the powerful Supreme Court.

Kavanaugh has denied the allegations, which became public last week after the letter was letter was disclosed last week by Sen. "I mean, I don't know her".

"This is a completely false allegation", he said in a statement issued through the White House Monday morning.

The GOP-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee appeared nonetheless committed to a vote later this week despite Christine Blasey Ford's account in The Washington Post.

In a statement provided by the White House, Kavanaugh denied the allegation.

"I thought he might inadvertently kill me", said Ford, 51, a clinical psychology professor at Palo Alto University in California.

"As former staffers who were there at the time, we find this testimony preposterous", they wrote, describing how judicial nominations "were full-fledged and often bitter on both sides", so Democratic staff members would hardly be cooperative. She took, and passed, a polygraph.

Months later, after Anita Hill accused the judge of sexual harassment and testified about it on Capitol Hill, the number who said the Senate should vote to confirm had grown, with 58% who said yes, according to a Gallup poll.

People take part in a protest against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, in front of the New York County Supreme Court at Foley Square in New York City, Aug. 26, 2018.

The Senate Leadership Fund, a leading GOP super PAC with links to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told ABC News that the group is "still evaluating" their options in light of the allegation against Kavanaugh.

Without saying whether or not she would support a delay, Republican Susan Collins tweeted on Monday: "Professor Ford and Judge Kavanaugh should both testify under oath before the Judiciary Committee".