Trump says FBI should not probe allegations against top court pick

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Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley responded on Tuesday night to the letter from Christine Ford announcing that she would not testify to his committee before the FBI investigated her allegation against Brett Kavanaugh.

"So it kind of raises the question, do they want to come to the public hearing or not?"

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said on radio's "Hugh Hewitt Show" said that he'd not yet received confirmation from Ford that she would appear at the hearing, despite several attempts to reach her camp.

The judiciary committee had called a hearing for Monday to look into the allegations.

Feinstein, a California Democrat, took the worst possible course by waiting until nearly a week after Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing was completed to ominously announce that she had turned over "information from an individual" about Kavanaugh to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and adding that she would be honoring the woman's "strongly requested" confidentiality.

Chuck Grassley, the Republican chairman of the Senate judiciary committee. Limiting the hearing to just Kavanaugh and Ford would be "inadequate, unfair, wrong and a desire not to get at the whole truth", Schumer said. "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. I commend her courage.

Meanwhile, "Veep" actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus and 200 other graduates of nearby Holton Arms School, an all-girls high school, have signed an open letter in support of Blasey Ford, a fellow alumna of the school.

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However, as Kavanaugh-who already was deeply unpopular before Ford's allegations were made public-hasn't given any indication that he will stop seeking a lifetime appointment to the nation's highest court, other advocacy groups and Democratic lawmakers are calling for a delay of any confirmation vote until the Federal Bureau of Investigation can fully investigate Ford's claims. "Many of us are survivors ourselves".

Blasey Ford anxious that coming forward with the allegations against Kavanaugh would lead to personal attacks against her, which have already begun.

"Let's create a fund to cover her security expenses, to do just a bit to make it easier for women in her position to come forward despite great risks", Feldman said before deciding to pause the fundraiser until she learns more about Blasey's security needs.

He told committee members he had nothing more to add.

The November 6 congressional elections will determine whether Republicans retain majorities in the Senate and House of Representatives. Dianne Feinstein of California, had a letter from Ford outlining the alleged attack. Flake said he told No. 2 Senate Republican leader John Cornyn of Texas on Sunday that "if we didn't give her a chance to be heard, then I would vote no".

'I do not recall the party described in Dr. Ford's letter, ' added Judge, who wrote a book about his high school days describing heavy partying, drinking, and teenage sex.

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