Trump says his past accusers influence his thinking on Kavanaugh

Trump says his past accusers influence his thinking on Kavanaugh

Trump says his past accusers influence his thinking on Kavanaugh

Hill spoke with NPR's All Things Considered for a segment that aired Tuesday about her experience during the confirmation of then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas.

Christine Blasey Ford has said US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her as he and a friend shared "uproarious laughter" in a locked room at a 1980s high school gathering.

The testimony - made under oath at a high-stakes hearing - is damning for Kavanaugh, whose nomination is facing intense scrutiny, as two other women also have come out identifying themselves as victims of sexual misconduct by the federal judge.

"Based on the numerous allegations of sexual assault against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, including these new criminal allegations by Julie Swetnick, the House Judiciary Committee must immediately start an investigation into Judge Kavanaugh to see if he should be impeached", Lieu wrote on Twitter Wednesday.

During the free-wheeling news conference, Trump continued to lash out at Democrats and label the allegations against Kavanaugh politically motivated. Dianne Feinstein of California, asked how she could be sure that Kavanaugh was the attacker, Ford said, "The same way I'm sure I'm talking to you right now". Asked if there were enough votes to confirm Kavanaugh, Grassley replied, "I think so". "It's possible I'll hear that, and I'll say, 'Hey, I'm changing my mind'".

The Senate Judiciary Committee, which has 11 Republicans and 10 Democrats, is scheduled to vote on Kavanaugh's nomination on Friday.

Earlier, during four hours of testimony, Blasey Ford said she was "100 percent" certain that Kavanaugh was her assailant and it was "absolutely not" a case of mistaken identity. "And I would just urge my colleagues to recognize that, in the end, we are 21 very imperfect senators doing our best to provide advice and consent, and, in the end, there is likely to be as much doubt as certainty going out of this room today".

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Mr Kavanaugh has "completely" denied the claim and said he has never sexually assaulted anyone. "I said I would welcome anything", he said at last.

She alleges that in 1982, whilst they were both in high school Kavanaugh pushed her down, placed his hand over her mouth and attempted to remove her clothing. Ford said Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge, who were 17 at the time, were also at the party and appeared to have been drinking heavily beforehand.

Judge Kavanaugh has yet to respond formally to this specific allegation. They later announced that they still meant to vote Friday on Kavanaugh. As the Post points out, the hearing has especially resonated with victims of sexual assault - one of whom, a 76-year-old woman, was inspired to share her story with C-SPAN during one of the hearing's breaks.

This is personal for President Donald Trump.

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota praised Ford's courage.

Two men have also come forward saying they, not Kavanaugh, had the alleged sexual encounter with Ford.

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