Brett Kavanaugh accuser offers to testify to Senate

Grassley Fires Back at Requests From Ford's Lawyers

Numerous women, regardless of their politics, expressed personal empathy for Ford as she steps into a national firestorm. Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct when they were teenagers has come forward to The Washington Post.

"I'm angry at Democrats because of what they do to our country", he said. The Senate Judiciary Committee has yet to see it.

Katz told committee Republicans, per the Times, that the Monday hearing date they've demanded "is not possible and the Committee's insistence that it occur then is arbitrary in any event".

What are Ford's lawyers saying?

Gumeson, a Republican, said that times have changed, and she's glad, but that she didn't believe people should try to apply today's standards retroactively.

Ford's lawyers have said she's received death threats.

The Senate Judiciary Committee, which is overseeing Kavanaugh's nomination, has scheduled a hearing for Monday to examine the sexual abuse accusation.

"The rush to a hearing is unnecessary, and contrary to the Committee discovering the truth", Ms Banks wrote.

So the - you know, this is - it's become incredibly unlikely, though it will continue to be a talking point because Democrats say that the only way to really get a good investigation into something that happened 30 years ago would be to do it through the FBI, not from committee staff who aren't necessarily well-versed in this.

Why did the Senate set a deadline?

Democrats in Washington sought to turn up pressure Thursday on the GOP for an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe of Ford's allegation, recommending that she not testify on Monday under Republicans' current plan to hear only from her and Kavanaugh. And given Republicans' Senate majority - and the unity emerging behind Kavanaugh - that meant he was nearly certainly going to be confirmed to the Court.

The Senate, the committee chairman notes, "and only the Senate", is tasked with vetting a president's Supreme Court nominee.

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"The FBI does not make a credibility assessment of any information it receives with respect to a nominee".

Ford and Kavanaugh were invited to appear Monday about her allegation that he sexually assaulted her when they were teens.

"Dr. Ford was reluctantly thrust into the public spotlight only two days ago".

What is the allegation against the judge?

Ford claims Kavanaugh assaulted her at a party when they were in high school.

The message and positive tone of the attorney's email breathed new life into the possibility that the panel would hold a dramatic hearing at which both Ford and Kavanaugh could give their versions of what happened at a party in the 1980s in a Maryland suburb of Washington. He says he is willing to appear before the committee Monday to deny the allegations lodged against him. "I hope Republican voters, and others, are watching, and studying, the Democrats Playbook". "I can't say that it did or didn't".

He added that "if she does not show up it would be unfortunate".

Republicans have resisted all Democratic efforts to slow and perhaps block Kavanaugh's confirmation. In the poll, conducted from September 11-17, 36% of U.S. adults surveyed did not want Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, up 6% points from a similar poll a month earlier, while 31% favored Kavanaugh's appointment.

Grassley has said that in the interest of making Ford comfortable, he'd be willing to let Ford testify in public or private.

Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill, who faces a tough reelection battle in Missouri, which Trump won in the 2016 presidential election, said on Twitter on Wednesday that she would vote against Kavanaugh's confirmation because of "his positions on several key issues, most importantly the avalanche of dark, anonymous money that is crushing our democracy".

"Judge Kavanaugh has not asked to have the FBI investigate these claims".

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