Kavanaugh allegation poses political risks for Dems and GOP

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One supporter of Kavanaugh pushed back on some reporting that the White House or Republicans would deploy any aggressive attack, calling it "infuriating".

The testimonies "would be added to the very considerable mountain of evidence and considerations that folks will have when they weigh whether or not to vote for Judge Kavanaugh to be on the Supreme Court".

Demand Justice, one of the leading anti-Kavanaugh groups on the left, told ABC News Monday that they are planning a $700,000 television and digital advertising blitz in four states, Alaska, Colorado, Maine and Nevada, that will focus on Dr. Ford's allegations.

Trump called Kavanaugh "an outstanding intellect", and he assailed Democrats for not bringing up the assault question sooner.

He called Kavanaugh "somebody very special", who "never even had a little blemish on his record".

And Trump himself appeared to not balk at the prospect of delayed hearings, telling reporters at the White House on Monday that if "it takes a little delay, it'll take a little delay". "She should testify under oath, and she should do it on Capitol Hill", Conway said.

Kavanaugh is now out saying that the incident is "completely false" and "never happened".

"I thought he might inadvertently kill me", Ford told the Post.

Sources told CNN that Kavanaugh has hired attorney Beth Wilkinson to represent him. His spokesperson Taylor Foy did not immediately return a request for comment Monday on whether Thursday's vote will take place.

"Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) tells me in an [interview] he that doesn't think the Judiciary [Committee] should move ahead with its Thursday vote on Kavanaugh until they hear more from Christine Blasey Ford", Washington Post reporter Sean Sullivan tweeted last night.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) called the sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh "extremely credible" during a Monday appearance on "The View". Kavanaugh has flatly denied the allegation. Jeff Flake of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of SC, said they wanted to hear more from Ford.

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The GOP's announcement of a September 24 hearing follows a daylong scramble in Washington to assess Kavanaugh's prospects after Ford revealed her identity to The Washington Post.

She described a high school party in the early 1980s at which a drunken Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed, attempted to pull off her clothes, and covered her mouth as she tried to scream.

The allegations against Kavanaugh by Ford, a Palo Alto University professor, are occurring in a society that has changed since 1991.

McConnell criticized Democrats for leaking the allegation in the press and not raising it not through proper channels.

Feinstein, a California Democrat, took the worst possible course by waiting until nearly a week after Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing was completed to ominously announce that she had turned over "information from an individual" about Kavanaugh to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and adding that she would be honoring the woman's "strongly requested" confidentiality.

More than 200 women had signed the new letter supporting Ford as of Monday morning. "It was dated July 30 and my office made sure that that letter was hand-delivered the same day", Eshoo said.

While the president stood behind his nominee, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway also took pains to display concern for Kavanaugh's accuser. And I think to do that you have to go through this.

Underscoring the raw political divisions prompted by the Kavanaugh fight, Feinstein said she'd only learned of the hearing on Twitter.

Kavanaugh noted in his denial Monday that the accusation was "from 36 years ago". "Feinstein did everything to protect the privacy of our mutual constituent".

Ford told The Post she chose to come forward after she feared for her privacy and story's accuracy after reporters visited her at home and at work and after one reporter called her colleagues. "She believes that if it were not for the severe intoxication of Brett Kavanaugh, she would have been raped", Debra S. Katz told NBC's "Today" show.

The posts are often using the wording "Her name is Christine Blasey Ford" or "Her name is Dr. Christine Blasey Ford" and then "She says #MeToo".

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