On Friday, President Donald Trump and Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s two female accusers, Christine Blasey Ford and Rachel Crooks, will face off in a showdown that will likely shake the country’s political system.
Both women have faced decades of harassment and assault from fellow classmates and faculty.
Both are seeking to have their allegations taken seriously and to be considered for an academic appointment.
But as the Trump administration weighs whether to drop all criminal charges against the men, some members of Congress have raised concerns that the case could become an open-ended controversy, particularly given the ongoing FBI investigation into whether there was any collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials.
While Democrats and civil rights groups have criticized the Trump’s handling of the case, the White House has made clear that the investigation is not over.
“This case is not closed,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Friday.
Trump and Kavanaugh are scheduled to meet in the White Room of the Capitol shortly after the debate. “
We’re going to continue to move forward.”
Trump and Kavanaugh are scheduled to meet in the White Room of the Capitol shortly after the debate.
The White House is also planning a formal ceremony on Monday for Ford to officially formally take her claim of sexual assault to the nation’s highest court.
The debate on the Capitol steps was originally scheduled for Monday evening.
But that date has been moved to Monday, according to The Associated Press.
In a statement, the Democratic senatorial campaign of Sen. Kamala Harris said she had heard from the president’s daughter, Ivanka, that the president is looking forward to hearing the testimony of her father.
“When the president learns about the outcome of Judge Kavanaugh’s hearing, he will be able to share his thoughts on the matter, and we will ensure the American people have access to the most accurate information about the case,” Harris said.
“I am confident that the American public will see through this sham trial and vote accordingly in the coming weeks.”
The White Senate Office of Public Liaison did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
A number of Democrats, including Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., have called for Kavanaugh to be fired.
“Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court was put on hold due to the sexual assault allegations against him,” Booker said in a statement.
“It is unfortunate that the Senate has not done its job and given the public an opportunity to see the evidence before confirming him.
The American people deserve the truth.”
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D of Maryland, who has called for an independent commission to investigate the allegations against Kavanaugh, also called on the president to fire Kavanaugh.
“Mr. Trump’s silence on Judge Kavanaugh raises questions about his own judgment, and this inaction raises questions for the American justice system,” Cummings said in the statement.
Kavanaugh’s attorney, Brett Kavanaugh, said in an email that he is not aware of any indication that the Justice Department is preparing to take any action against Judge Kavanaugh.
Kavanaugh and Ford’s attorney have declined to comment to reporters.
In an interview with ABC News, Ford said she was “very surprised” that the administration is “still defending the president and his nominees.”
“I don’t think he’s trying to be a martyr,” she said.
The Associated Statesman newspaper reported that the hearing is set for Monday at the Capitol in Washington, and that Ford and Kavanaugh have asked for the public to send letters to the president asking him to fire both men.