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>> Judge Kavanaugh,->> The confirmation of US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, should be put on hold until the FBI can probe allegations of sexual misconduct against him. That's according to democratic Senator, Dianne Feinstein. The call from the top ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, coming after the Washington Post on Sunday named Kavanaugh's accuser.
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51 year old professor Christine Ford accused Kavanaugh of pinning her to a bed, groping her, and trying to remove her cloths at a party in the 1980s, when both were in high school. Ford told the post she initially wanted to remain anonymous, but changed her mind and decided to go public.
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Last week Kavanaugh said he quote, categorically and unequivocally denies the allegations. Reuters has not independently confirmed Ford's claims. And the White House on Sunday did not immediately reply to a request for comment. But at least one Republican member of the judiciary committee has weighed in. Senator Jeff Flake telling the Post that Ford quote must be heard.
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And urging the panel not to vote on Kavanaugh's nomination until it hears from her. The GOP holds a slim 11 to 10 majority on the committee. So Flake's vote could make a difference. However many Republicans have dismissed the allegations as a political ploy.>> And quite honestly, I'm shocked that the matter didn't come up in the nearly 32 hours of testimony that Justice Kavanaugh was before us in the open session, or the nearly hour and a half session that we had in a closed session.
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That information never came up->> Ford initially sent a letter to her US Representative in July, who shared her letter with Feinstein. In light of the new revelations, the Judiciary Committees' Republican chairman Chuck Grassley, is arranging follow-up calls with both Kavanaugh and Ford, ahead of a committee vote on Thursday.