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Conway- Kavanaugh accuser should not be 'ignored'

2018-09-17 19:49
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said of Judge Brett Kavanaugh's accuser Monday: "She should not be insulted. She should not be ignored. She should testify under oath and she should do it on Capitol Hill." The woman accusing Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her is willing to tell her story in public to a Senate panel considering his nomination to the Supreme Court, her lawyer said Monday. Debra S. Katz, the attorney for the woman, Christine Blasey Ford, said her client considered the incident to be an attempted rape. Kavanaugh had been on a smooth confirmation track, but the new allegations have roiled that process. Conway, who said she had discussed the situation with President Donald Trump, said that both Ford and Kavanaugh should testify, but made clear it was up to the Senate Judiciary Committee. She said Sen. Lindsey Graham had told her it could happen as soon as tomorrow and the White House will "respect the process." Stressing that Kavanaugh had already testified and undergone FBI background checks, Conway said: "I think you have to weigh this testimonial evidence from Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh along with the considerable body of evidence that is already there about the judge's temperament and qualifications and character." Kavanaugh has "categorically and unequivocally" denied the allegations, a statement the White House repeated Monday. Also, on Monday afternoon, Kavanaugh called the accusations "completely false", adding that he will "refute" them before the Senate Judiciary panel.