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White House stands by Kavanaugh as 2 GOP senators join Dems in urging delay until accuser is heard

White House stands by Kavanaugh as 2 GOP senators join Dems in urging delay until accuser is heard

The White House on Sunday stood by Brett M. Kavanaugh after a woman publicly accused him of sexual assault decades ago, an allegation that triggered the most concrete signs yet of Republican resistance to President Trump's Supreme Court nominee.

With the nomination suddenly in doubt, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, was working to arrange follow-up calls with Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who said he assaulted her when the two were in high school.

Sens. Jeff Flake of Arizona and Bob Corker of Tennessee, two Republicans who are retiring at year's end, joined Democrats in urging a delay in the vote until the committee hears from...

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