Sex attack accuser may testify against court nominee

Kavanaugh was nominated by Trump in July

The Republicans will honor her request that Kavanaugh not be in the same room while Ford testifies and will provide security for her.

But Katz wrote that "Monday's date is not possible and the committee's insistence that it occur then is arbitrary in any event".

"Dr. Ford has asked me to let you know that she appreciates the various options you have suggested", Katz wrote.

"I'm extending the deadline for response yet again to 10 o'clock this evening".

Republicans felt they were starting to gain momentum in the public relations battle over the handling of a sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Professor Ford has said she didn't tell anyone at the time about the incident. John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Republican in the chamber, told CNN. I think she blew the deadline because it was a way to give the GOP in general, and Grassley in particular, a thumb in the eye.

In a series of tweets, Trump defended the conservative Kavanaugh as under assault by "radical left wing politicians" seeking to "destroy and delay" his confirmation as a Supreme Court justice. Chuck Grassley, an attorney for Christine Blasey Ford asked for another day to decide. "I remain committed to defending my integrity". Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, said.

In comments that tore up days of a relatively cautious approach, Trump rejected the credibility of Ford's claim to have been sexually assaulted by a drunken Kavanaugh when they attended neighboring private schools near Washington in the early 1980s.

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In a letter to Prof Ford's legal team, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said "it is not the FBI's role to investigate a matter such as this".

Speaking at the same event, Sen.

Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the ranking member on the Judiciary Committee had some words for her colleagues Friday night, accusing them of "bullying a survivor of attempted rape in order to confirm a nominee".

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a New York Democrat, said at the event: "Someone who is lying does not ask the FBI to investigate their claims".

Democrats have demanded a delay in the hearing to allow time for the FBI to investigate Ford's claim.

Lippman said the "constant drumbeat of bad news about Kavanaugh" is the main reason why most Americans have deemed the judge unfit for office. Is that the reaction of an innocent person? Kavanaugh has denied the accusation.

In an email sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee's staff near the time of the deadline, attorney Debra Katz criticized the panel's Republicans for giving Blasey only until 10 p.m. EDT Friday to decide whether she would testify on Wednesday without numerous conditions she had requested for the hearing.

But Ford's lawyers and supporters in Congress say that a quick Senate hearing is not enough, insisting that the Federal Bureau of Investigation open an inquiry seeking witnesses.

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On Wednesday, Senator Jeff Flake - who had previously said he would not decide his vote until hearing both testimonies - also called on Prof Ford to accept the Senate's invitation.

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Since then, Congress and the country at large have been embroiled in a debate about how to move forward with Kavanaugh's nomination.

"We can not continue to delay", the top Republican Senator said in a statement.

Accommodating this demand would be an affront to fundamental notions of due process.

According to USA media reports, attorney Debra Katz said in an email to the Senate Judiciary Committee that Ford wishes to testify "provided that we can agree on terms that are fair and which ensure her safety". Kamala Harris of California and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota.

Timing in the case, however, has serious implications for Kavanaugh's confirmation.

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