Senate's Grassley sets Saturday deadline for Kavanaugh accuser

Senate's Grassley sets Saturday deadline for Kavanaugh accuser

Senate's Grassley sets Saturday deadline for Kavanaugh accuser

With Kavanaugh's nomination hanging in the balance, and a poll showing he is the least popular supreme court nominee for more than 30 years, Trump waded into the row by impugning Ford's credibility.

Dr. Ford accepts the Committee's request to provide her first-hand knowledge of Brett Kavanaugh's sexual misconduct next week.

The lawyers said they made "important progress" in a morning call with Senate Judiciary Committee staff members and agreed to the hearing even though the committee refused to subpoena Mark Judge, who Ford said witnessed the attack at a high school party, as well as others who she said were present.

"Members of the committee on both sides want to be fair [to both Kavanaugh and Ford], at least I hope they do", Durbin said Sunday.

Dr Ford, a university professor, had originally been granted a deadline on Friday, which later was extended to Saturday, to agree to testify.

With Christine Ford set to testify this Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, it's time to move on to the next looming question surrounding Brett Kavanaugh's nomination: will her words actually make a difference to any Republican Senators?

"There have been a lot of things said about the alcohol that was consumed by the judge as well as by others in his school".

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Donald Trump delivers remarks on his supreme court nominee. You'll also recall that the letter from her therapist mistakenly claimed (according to the therapist) that they had incorrectly recorded Ford recounting being attacked by four boys.

Ford's request for security comes after her lawyers said she has relocated her family due to death threats. Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the committee, had insisted that she appear to testify on Monday. The details of the hearing still need to be "ironed out", but if Ford had not chose to testify, the committee would have voted on Kavanaugh's nomination on Monday. In a single tweet Friday, Trump broke his silence to cast doubt on Ford's story in ways Republicans had been carefully trying to avoid.

Republicans had hoped to push through a successful confirmation of the president's pick to join the Supreme Court before oral arguments begin on October 1. As The New Yorker puts it, "The real question is: Will the White House and Republican leaders actually allow a potentially sensational set of hearings, with all the political risks that would entail, just weeks before the midterm elections in which they are already struggling mightily to attract women's votes in key suburban districts?"

Ahead of news about a tentative Thursday meeting, a senior White House official had told Fox News that the Ford team's letter represented a request to continue negotiations without any firm commitment. Judge wrote a book in which he described a culture of heavy drinking during his younger years; Ford has said both he and Kavanaugh were "stumbling drunk" when the assault took place.

The staff wrote in one email that Grassley asked them to convey that "the Committee determines which witnesses to call, how many witnesses to call, in what order to call them, and who will question them. But [Ford] should come forward, she should have her say, she will be respectfully treated".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell played verbal hardball of his own, drawing a standing ovation when he assured a gathering of evangelical activists that the conservative Kavanaugh would soon be a justice. Democrats have called for the vote on his confirmation to the nation's highest court to be delayed, pending a full FBI investigation, something that Republicans have dismissed as unnecessary.

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