Calls grow to delay Kavanaugh vote amid sex assault allegations

Kavanaugh accuser said to be willing to testify before US Senate committee

Donald Trump Jr posted an image to his Instagram account mocking Democrats and seeming to suggest the recent emergence of sexual assault allegations against supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh were a partisan-minded sabotage tactic from the left.

"She believes that if were not for the severe intoxication of Brett Kavanaugh, she would have been raped, ' Katz told NBC's 'Today" show Monday a day after Ford went public with her accusations in an interview with the Washington Post.

Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), a red-state Democrat who is facing a tough re-election fight this year, also said the committee should hold off on voting until it can review what he called "serious" allegations leveled against Kavanaugh, an appellate court judge.

According to Bloomberg News, who spoke to a White House official, President Trump's team will continue forward with the nomination, refusing to pull Kavanaugh's name from the nomination, and instead they will try to attack the credibility of the alleged victim.

Brett Kavanaugh's accuser Christine Blasey Ford is being represented by a top #MeToo lawyer whose presence in the Capitol last week was an early indicator of the political storm that was coming.

She went public with her allegations on Sunday, identifying herself to The Washington Post. The 53-year-old judge was there to meet with the White House legal team to prepare for potential interviews or questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee, a source familiar with the matter said. Jeff Flake of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of SC, said they wanted to hear more from Ford.

Katz described Ford's recollection of the incident in stark terms, going as far as saying her client considered it an attempted rape. Of course an Federal Bureau of Investigation background check wouldn't produce an assault that was not reported at the time, and naming off the women Kavanaugh has not disrespected or assaulted throughout his career has nothing to do with what he allegedly did to Ford.

Stalling tactic or not, Senators Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) and Bob Corker (R-Tennessee) have both called for the vote to be postponed until the allegations are investigated fully.

Because Trump's fellow Republicans control a slim 51-49 majority in the Senate, Democrats can not stop Kavanaugh's appointment unless some Republicans make a rare decision to break with their party and vote against Trump.

Mr Kavanaugh's nomination has sharply divided an already closely split Senate, with most Democrats opposing him and most Republicans supporting him.

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Ford said she kept silent about the alleged incident until she was in couples' therapy with her husband in 2012.

Kavanaugh denied the allegations outright.

Martha McKenna, a Democratic strategist from Maryland, said by phone that the Kavanaugh allegations are "just another layer to an already highly motivated electorate".

Hatch's office later tweeted that the senator "does not have enough information about Dr. Ford and her accusations but looks forward to hearing more from her to get to the bottom of things".

He is "a man of character and integrity" who has been widely lauded by other women, she said.

"They should be examined thoroughly and fairly by the Judiciary Committee without any artificial timeline".

With Republicans narrowly controlling the Senate 51-49, the views of Collins and Sen.

Citing unreleased records from Kavanaugh's official work over the years, Democrats have called for a delay in considering his nomination.

As of early Monday afternoon, the Senate Judiciary Committee was scheduled to vote on Kavanaugh's nomination Thursday.

She said Kavanaugh and a friend - both "stumbling drunk", she says - corralled her in a bedroom when she was around 15 and Kavanaugh was around 17.

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