California psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford's claims that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her during a party in the 1980s are "extremely credible," and the Senate Judiciary Committee should postpone its confirmation vote until she and Kavanaugh can both testify, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Monday.
"She didn't do it on a whim," the New York Democrat told ABC's "The View" about Ford's accusation. "I don't think she did it for political reasons."
Schumer said he found out about the accusations just last week, when Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., informed the committee. Since then, Ford has told her own story to The Washington Post, claiming that the alleged attack occurred while she and Kavanaugh were at a party in high school.
Washington, D.C. attorney Debra Katz, who is representing Ford, said Monday her client thinks that if Kavanaugh had not been intoxicated, she would have been raped.
Kavanaugh has flatly denied her claims, and both have said they will testify before the Judicial Committee if necessary.
The committee is scheduled to vote on forwarding Kavanaugh's nomination to the full Senate for a confirmation vote, but Schumer said the vote should be postponed until the accusation is investigated. Further, he said the FBI should do a second background check on Kavanaugh, a federal judge, including an interview with Ford.
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