Deadline looms for accuser of Trump's Supreme Court nominee

Accuser of Trump's high court nominee willing to testify email

Deadline looms for accuser of Trump's Supreme Court nominee

Republican leaders trying to keep GOP senators behind Kavanaugh are offering Ford a chance to describe her allegation, either in a hearing room before television cameras or in private.

"I can only say this: He is such an outstanding man". The committee said that's not going to happen.

"As sexual assault violates a woman's most fundamental rights, it must be considered a failure of character at any age", the letter states, CNN reported, adding the supporters "represent all political parties".

Kavanaugh has agreed to testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday, but Blasey has yet to commit to testify. But he said the Judiciary Committee should consider proceeding with a vote if she does not testify under oath.

Why is the Senate setting a deadline?

He says if she intends to testify, she must submit written testimony by Friday morning. But in the days since she publicly accused Kavanaugh of assaulting her at a party 35 years ago, the lawyers said, she has been the target of "vicious harassment and even death threats".

As for a possible Federal Bureau of Investigation intervention, Grassley said in his letter to Ford's lawyers, "We have no power to commandeer an Executive Branch agency into conducting our due diligence".

Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Sen.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

But as Kavanaugh's friends spoke out to support him and his accuser Christine Blasey Ford wavered on whether she would testify against the judge next week, Moore made his sympathies explicit.

Grassley subsequently announced plans to reopen the hearing into Kavanaugh's nomination on Monday, but Ford has asked him to hold off while the FBI investigates her claims.

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Grassley rejected that idea Wednesday.

The hue and cry from Democrats for further investigations and indefinite delays exposes the deep hypocrisy of the Democratic Party on the issue of domestic and sexual assault. "This is another attempt by Republicans to rush this nomination and not fully vet Judge Kavanaugh".

He said Wednesday it would be "very interesting". Kavanaugh has denied Ford's allegation and has said he's willing to appear before the committee.

Ford's attorneys say she wants the FBI to investigate her allegation before she testifies. They say they want to give Ford every chance to tell her story. Republicans have moved to get Kavanaugh confirmed before the November 6 midterm election, where Democrats are expected to flip a number of GOP-held seats in the Senate.

Some Republican strategists are reportedly concerned that Trump's vigorous defence of Kavanaugh will remind voters of the infamous Access Hollywood tape which featured him boasting about groping women and the recent accusations of affairs with porn stars levelled against him.

Kavanaugh spent hours Tuesday in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, part of the White House complex. Many wore buttons with the words "I believe Dr. Christine Blasey Ford".

Clinton says that makes it hard to "avoid the appearance of insult" against Ford. "She deserves to be treated with respect and fairness by the Senate". "If we don't hear from both sides on Monday, let's vote", Sen.

"We have to all take a step back and be respectful of Professor Ford".

Democrats say Grassley is rushing the confirmation, and that he's creating Anita Hill vs. Clarence Thomas Redux.

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