Kavanaugh accuser being represented by top #MeToo attorney Debra Katz

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

Katz told NBC's Today show she "clearly considers this an attempted rape". But Democrats say that staff calls ― normally routine for most Supreme Court nominees ― aren't the appropriate way to handle the matter.

Sens. Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt -usually on opposite political sides - offered almost identical reactions to the sexual assault allegations against federal Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a sign of the high political stakes for both GOP leaders and red state Democrats as the Senate weighs the judge's nomination to the Supreme Court.

Responding to the latest developments in the Kavanaugh nomination, Foy had said, "It's disturbing that these uncorroborated allegations from more than 35 years ago, during high school, would surface on the eve of a committee vote".

The Senate Judiciary Committee is still scheduled to vote on Kavanaugh's nomination on Thursday, but that may be delayed, as both Ford and Kavanaugh have agreed to testify. Ford kept silent about the attempted assault until 2012, when she revealed the story to a therapist during couples counseling with her husband.

But she said her client was taking no decision on political matters, when asked if Kavanaugh should withdraw.

"For too long, when woman (sic) have made serious allegations of abuse, they have been ignored", the New York Democrat said.

A spokeswoman for the Judicial Crisis Network, which has been working to help confirm Kavanaugh, confirmed the group will be announcing a $1.5 million cable and broadcast TV ad blitz to support Kavanaugh.

Bob Corker also believes Kavanaugh's accuser should be heard out before the Judiciary Committee votes on his nomination, the Tennessee senator's spokesperson, Micah Johnson, said in a statement to CNN.

Debra S. Katz, the attorney for the accuser, said Ford was willing to tell her story publicly to the Judiciary panel but no lawmakers had yet contacted her. Katz denied that Ford, a Democrat, was politically motivated. Ford sent a letter detailing her alleged encounter with Kavanaugh to Sen.

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All four came out against Kavanaugh's confirmation, but they said that at the very least the Senate should wait until the remaining confidential documents regarding Kavanaugh's White House history are released to the public, and for there to be a proper inquiry into the sexual misconduct allegations that Christine Ford brought against him.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said he was open to hearing from Ford, while resisting calls to delay the vote. Judge denied the allegations in an interview with The Weekly Standard, a conservative publication, after The New Yorker detailed them on Friday.

At the White House, Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, told reporters, "She should not be insulted".

Ford, 51, identified herself as the writer of a letter alleging that Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were both prep school students in the Washington, D.C. area in the early 1980s. And the denials, of course, also bear on his character and fitness, ' She said.

She said Mr Kavanaugh and a friend had allegedly "corralled" her into a bedroom at a gathering.

The Republican leader criticized Democrats for sitting on the information during weeks of debate on Kavanaugh's nomination.

"This is a completely false allegation", Kavanaugh said in a statement Monday morning. In the letter, Ford said she had received medical treatment after the assault, adding that "it is upsetting to discuss sexual assault and its repercussions, yet I felt guilty and compelled as a citizens about the idea of not saying anything".

"Unfortunately, committee Republicans have only known this person's identity from news reports for less than 24 hours and known about her allegations for less than a week", Grassley said.

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