Feinstein's re-election opponent criticizes her over letter

Sexual misconduct allegation against U.S. Supreme Court nominee echoes case raised against Roy Moore

Lawyers for Christine Blasey Ford say that before she testifies on Capitol Hill next week she wants the FBI to investigate her allegation that she was sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Over 200 alumni of the Holton-Arms school have signed a letter in support of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who has come forward to accuse Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault.

"Dr. Blasey Ford's experience is all too consistent with stories we heard and lived while attending Holton", the letter says.

But Trump said ahead of his news conference, "I don't think the Federal Bureau of Investigation should be involved because they don't want to be involved". Official: "FBI Will Not investigate Kavanaugh Unless the White House Demands It", said that he was told by a senior USA official that the FBI will not investigate because what Ford is alleging is not a federal crime. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., said she believes Ford and stressed that she had "nothing to gain" by stepping forward. Mark Judge, the person Ford said witnessed the attempted assault, has said he doesn't remember anything about it and doesn't want to testify before the committee.

President Trump said it's "terrible" that Senator Feinstein did not raise the allegations sooner, but said he's "totally supporting" his nominee.

But Republican Sen. Susan Collins, a key Senate vote on Kavanaugh's nomination, said it would be "puzzling" if Ford did not testify on Monday.

"That's very puzzling to me", she said about the uncertainty of Ford's appearance.

There are no Republican women on the Senate Judiciary Committee, and the idea of an outside questioner being brought in has been floated publicly.

Trump also said that he has not spoken to Kavanaugh since the allegations surfaced.

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"Compare that to the 22 witnesses at the 1991 Anita Hill hearing and it's impossible to take this process seriously", Feinstein said.

"To take a man like this and besmirch - now, with that being said, let her have her say and let's see how it all works out".

Ford told The Washington Post in an interview published Sunday that Kavanaugh drunkenly pinned her to a bed on her back, groped her and put his hand over her mouth to stifle her screams at a house party in the early 1980s.

Questions around Kavanaugh's record, including his views on whether presidents can be criminally indicted while in office, have also swirled around his confirmation hearings.

"Nothing of substance and nothing legitimate can happen by Monday", Lisa Banks, an attorney for Ford, told CNN.

Republicans are suggesting that Ford will have one chance to testify, and one chance only.

Kavanaugh denied the allegation, calling it "completely false".

Grassley has rejected Leahy's request for such an investigation.

Democrats decried Republicans' plans to push ahead with the hearing without seeking a full FBI investigation.

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