Nomination of Trump's Supreme Court pick Kavanaugh thrown into crisis

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

Donald Trump Jr posted an image to his Instagram account mocking Democrats and seeming to suggest the recent emergence of sexual assault allegations against supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh were a partisan-minded sabotage tactic from the left.

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. She claimed Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed, tried to remove her clothing and put his hand over her mouth when she tried to scream.

The White House on Monday issued a fresh denial on the allegations against Kavanaugh.

But Trump said he believed Kavanaugh's nomination remained on track and he has full confidence in his nominee, who he said has "never even had a little blemish on his record". "This should happen before the Senate moves forward on this nominee", said California Senator Dianne Feinstein, who received a letter sent by Ford on July 30.

Both Kavanaugh and Ford have said they are willing to testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding the allegations.

In the interview, Ford says she didn't reveal what had happened until 2012, when she and her husband sought couples therapy. Mark Judge called Ford "absolutely nuts".

Trump picked Kavanaugh to replace the retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, a conservative who sometimes sided with the court's liberal wing.

Democrats, led by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY, called for a delay in the vote, and two committee Republicans - all 11 on the GOP side are men - Sens.

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

On Monday, Katz said her client is willing to testify before the Senate on her allegation that Kavanaugh tried to rape her in high school.

Ford's former high school is located seven miles away from Kavanaugh's former high school, and each of them are single-sex educational institutions. Feinstein said she passed Ford's account on to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. "He is buoyed by the immediate outpouring of support from lifelong friends, including 65 women who knew him in high school and signed a letter on Thursday attesting to his character after initial news reports of the allegation".

Backlash to Hill's treatment by then all-male Senate Judiciary Committee in 1991 is widely accepted to have helped usher in the so-called "Year of the Woman" in 1992, when the number of women in the Senate doubled from two to four.

"It is unfortunate that this allegation is being brought forth so late in the confirmation process, but Dr. Ford's allegation should be investigated", Hoeven said in a statement.

"We need to hear from her", he told news website Politico.

"This is about turnout", Mary Anne Marsh, a Democratic strategist from MA, said in a phone interview with Mic of the allegations' impact on the November vote. GOP Maine Sen. Susan Collins tweeted that she wanted Kavanaugh and Ford to both testify under oath to the committee, but when she was contacted Sunday by CNN she wouldn't say if the vote should be postponed. The committee, chaired by Sen. Lindsey Graham, that allowing this woman to be heard in sworn testimony, allowing Judge Kavanaugh to be heard in sworn testimony about these specific allegations, would be added to the very considerable mountain of evidence and considerations that folks will have when they weigh whether or not to vote for Judge Kavanaugh to be on the Supreme Court.

Democrats immediately called for a delay in a key committee vote set for this week and at least one Republican panel member said he was willing to hear from the woman, but that the confirmation process must not be derailed.

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