The woman who claims Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexual assaulted her decades ago has agreed to testify before a Senate panel, her lawyers said in an email to staff of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
"I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr Ford was as bad as she says", Trump wrote, "charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents".
Earlier in the night, Grassley said on Twitter that he had granted an extension to Ford after a 10 pm (0200 GMT Saturday) deadline he set to reach a deal with Ford's lawyers had passed. Based on this letter from Katz, it appears no agreement has been met.
Hours later, multiple outlets including Politico and The Daily Beast reported the hearing would take place on Thursday, citing sources familiar with a phone call between the committee and Ford's lawyers.
The person says that lawyers for Christine Blasey Ford and bipartisan representatives of the committee came to the tentative agreement Saturday.
Despite their suggestions that this late-breaking allegation is just a ploy by the Democrats (and, frankly, even if it is), Republicans are in a tight spot. If Dr. Ford is only given lip service, Republicans are going to look shallow and cruel not least because her life has become a living hell since coming forward publicly. "Bullying a survivor of attempted rape in order to confirm a nominee - particularly at a time when she's receiving death threats - is an extreme abuse of power", Feinstein said in a statement. "From the outset Republicans have tried to push through this nomination at all costs".
"I thought it would be really smart to have somebody come in that knows what the hell they're doing, to ask the questions, to be respectful", he said, adding: "I think it'd be smart to have a professional litigator do this".
As the talks continued, Mr Grassley countered that he would end the stand-off by scheduling a Monday vote on whether to recommend Mr Kavanaugh's nomination to the full Senate.
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In requesting another day to decide, Katz called Grassley's original deadline "arbitrary" and said its "sole goal is to bully Dr. Ford and deprive her of the ability to make a considered decision that has life-altering implications for her and her family".
Negotiations could still falter over the details, which include who will question the woman, Christine Blasey Ford.
But Sosa's comments echoed arguments made by some other conservatives in defense of Kavanaugh, suggesting that if Ford's accusations are true, Kavanaugh's alleged behavior is still not disqualifying because it so common. Ford has also not provided a date, time, or specific house, making any criminal investigation unlikely.
"The way some Democrats have conducted themselves during this process is a disgrace and a disservice to the Senate and the American people", Pence said.
But the use of an outside counsel is receiving pushback from Senate Democrats.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, speaking at a gathering of evangelical voters in Washington, assured them Kavanaugh would be confirmed. "Senators do. Republicans need to do their jobs and not hide".
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