Trump says no Federal Bureau of Investigation probe needed on Supreme Court pick

At the U.S. Capitol, Grassley said he was trying to get Ford to testify by Monday, publicly or privately.

President Trump says Brett Kavanaugh has an "unblemished" record, but says he wants to hear from Kavanaugh's accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, who says Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her.

"This is not a man that deserves this", Trump said. I feel so badly for him. "I expect all of the enlightened men in our country, cause there must be millions of men out there who are enlightened who also will rise up to say we can not continue the victimization and the smearing of someone like Dr. Ford", Hirono said.

It appears that Democrats could - one again - derail the confirmation of a Supreme Court nominee thanks in part to Republicans, predicts a constitutional attorney. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Kirsten Gillibrand of NY, and Patty Murray of Washington, Hirono harshly criticized the way Republicans are dealing with Ford's accusation.

Sen. Mazie Hirono said her message to men in this country is to "just shut up and step up". Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Sen.

In addition, justices serve a lifetime appointment on the Supreme Court.

But Senate Republicans have signaled that if Ford wants to testify, she'd have to do it next week, not after the lengthy delay an FBI investigation would cause.

President Trump did not refer to Kavanaugh's accuser by name, just calling her "the woman".

Democrats, already opposed to Kavanaugh, have sought an FBI investigation, a request Republicans rebuffed. "The F.B.I. conducts background checks on judicial nominees. I think he's very much on track".

On Tuesday evening, Ford's attorney Lisa Banks told CNN that Ford will talk with the committee - but that she's not prepared for a hearing as soon as Monday.

Mr Trump answered questions about Mr Kavanaugh, whose nomination is now in jeopardy in the Senate, as he left the White House to visit hurricane-stricken areas in North and SC.

"Well, I would let the senators take their course", he said.

Republicans control the Senate by only a narrow margin, meaning any defections could sink the nomination and deal a major setback to Trump, who has been engaged in a so-far successful effort since becoming president previous year to move the Supreme Court and broader federal judiciary to the right.

'I graduated from Holton Arms and knew both Brett Kavanaugh and Mark Judge.

Those demands are "not about finding the truth, but delaying the process until after the midterm elections", Graham, a Judiciary panel member, said in a statement. Hill suggested the probe should be "guided by experts who have devoted their careers to understanding sexual violence".

Republicans are hoping to win committee and full Senate approval for Kavanaugh this month, before the new Supreme Court session begins, and have shown no taste for slowing that process. No more circus. To clarify my post: I do not have first hand knowledge of the incident that Dr. Christine Blasey Ford mentions, and I stand by my support for Christine.

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