Trump upends GOP strategy on assault claim

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A sexual assault allegation has many questioning if Judge Brett Kavanaugh will be confirmed to the Supreme Court, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has no doubt that Kavanaugh will be confirmed "in the very near future".

Amid allegations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh, those surveyed say by 40 percent to 31 percent that the Senate shouldn't vote to approve his nomination, the first time a plurality of Americans have opposed a Supreme Court nominee since polling on the issue began.

Donald Trump ditched his earlier restraint Friday in the scandal threatening his Supreme Court nominee, instead going on the attack against the woman accusing the would-be justice of sexual assault when they were teens.

Kavanaugh has vehemently denied the allegations. On the Senate Judiciary Committee zero Republicans are women.

Earlier today, Grassley said that the Senate Judiciary Committee would vote on Monday if no deal is reached by 10 p.m. on Friday.

Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley welcomed Prof Ford's offer. Numerous women, regardless of their politics, expressed personal empathy for Ford as she steps into a national firestorm. Ford wants an appearance by Mark Judge, a Kavanaugh friend who Ford asserts was at the high school party and in the bedroom where Kavanaugh's assault occurred.

Grassley has said that in the interest of making Ford comfortable, he'd be willing to let Ford testify in public or private.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is sworn in for his confirmation hearings, September 4, 2018, Washington, D.C. He was at the White House on Thursday for the fourth consecutive day, as he prepares for possible testimony.

Susan Collins of ME and Jeff Flake of Arizona - said that unless Ford testified Monday they would move on to Kavanagh's vote.

"Number one, I do not think teenagers report to the police immediately", says Colby Bruno, senior legal counsel at the Victim Rights Law Center, adding that teenage victims often fear facing judgment from their peers or parents if they report an assault.

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"The further away they get from controlling the courts, the more desperate they become", said Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, who said he was speaking at the conference in a personal capacity.

Her office released an audio recording to Politico in which she said: "I was appalled by the president's tweet".

A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll found that Kavanaugh's nomination faces growing opposition from voters, with 38% in opposition, compared to 29% in the same poll last month.

"I thought that the president's tweet was completely inappropriate and wrong". Republican committee staff interviewed Kavanaugh about the allegations on Monday without any Democrats present.

First, will Ford's attorney give a signal tonight before the new deadline or will she ignore it?

But Ford's lawyers and supporters in Congress say that a quick Senate hearing is not enough, insisting that the Federal Bureau of Investigation open an inquiry seeking witnesses.

That means the Senate hearings, and the chance to hear Kavanaugh and Ford speak, could have a huge impact on public opinion.

Judge's lawyer said in a letter to the committee on Tuesday that Judge did not recall the incident and did not wish to testify.

Meanwhile, Ford has been supported by numerous alumni of her school, family members and Democratic lawmakers. In the poll, conducted from September 11-17, 36% of USA adults surveyed did not want Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, up 6% points from a similar poll a month earlier, while 31% favored Kavanaugh's appointment. Ford's lawyers said in a letter to Grassley on Tuesday she had faced "vicious harassment and even death threats" since coming forward on Sunday.

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