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Trump says 'hard to imagine' Kavanaugh guilty of allegation

Sep. 19, 2018 7:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday bluntly questioned the allegation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted a fellow high school student over 30 years ago, and Republicans warned the accuser the window was closing to tell her story before a confirmation vote....

Kavanaugh's accuser struggled to come forward, friends say

Sep. 19, 2018 6:56 PM EDT

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — Her studies first brought her West, but for Christine Margaret Blasey Ford, the move to California proved a way to leave behind what had gone wrong in her teenage years in the patrician suburbs of Washington, D.C. Born into a well-off family in Montgomery County, Maryland, Ford has...

Kavanaugh's accuser wants FBI probe before she testifies

Sep. 18, 2018 10:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Christine Blasey Ford wants the FBI to investigate her allegation that she was sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh before she testifies at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing next week, her lawyers said in a letter sent Tuesday to the panel. The lawyers wrote that...

The Latest: DOJ: It's not the FBI's job to judge allegations

Sep. 17, 2018 11:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh (all times local): 8:15 p.m. The Justice Department says the sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh "does not involve any potential federal crime" for the FBI to investigate. The department said...

Woman's accusation roils fight over Kavanaugh nomination

Sep. 17, 2018 7:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A woman's accusation that Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in high school buckles what had been a smooth path to a seat on the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh denies the allegation, but his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, came back with an offer to testify publicly to Congress. Kavanaugh...

Kavanaugh denies allegation of sexual misconduct in school

Sep. 15, 2018 12:25 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has denied an allegation of sexual misconduct from when he was in high school, seeking to defuse a potential threat to his confirmation as a handful of key senators remained silent on whether they would vote for him. In a statement released by the...

Kavanaugh denies allegation of sexual misconduct in school

Sep. 14, 2018 8:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Friday denied an allegation of sexual misconduct from when he was in high school, seeking to defuse a potential threat to his confirmation as a handful of key senators remained silent on whether they would vote for him. In a statement released by...

The Latest: Anita Hill says a complaint process needed

Sep. 14, 2018 8:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh (all times local): 8:10 p.m. Anita Hill says the reluctance of someone to come forward publicly with an allegation against a Supreme Court nominee shows the need for the Senate to put in place a process for complaints to be heard. Hill,...

Republicans dodge, weave around Trump's hurricane tweets

Sep. 13, 2018 4:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With all attention on Hurricane Florence, Republicans are dealing with a separate, familiar kind of storm in the halls of Congress — one of the president's own making. As happens often, congressional Republicans were blindsided Thursday morning by a tweet, as President Donald Trump...

Senate OKs Trump choice for IRS head over Democrats' protest

Sep. 12, 2018 8:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Over the protests of many Democrats, the Senate on Wednesday evening approved President Donald Trump's choice to become the new head of the IRS. Democrats opposed the nomination because of a new Trump administration policy allowing some groups involved in politics to hide their donors'...