Grassley sets Friday night deadline for Kavanaugh accuser to agree to testify

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The law professor, grilled by an all-male Judiciary Committee when she accused Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment in 1991, wrote that the committee "still lacks a protocol" for vetting sexual harassment and assault claims that arise during the confirmation process.

Ford, a professor of psychology at Palo Alto University in California, has accused Kavanaugh of drunkenly pinning her to a bed, groping her, and trying to stifle her screams at a high school party in the early 1980s.

She doesn't want Kavanaugh to be in the room when she is. Kirsten Gillibrand (D) of NY at a press conference with Ford supporters from her former high school on Thursday. Or, would Judge acknowledge that his frequent state of being "wasted", at parties like the one where Ford says the assault took place, prevent him from remembering the incident, even if it took place as Ford described. But nothing makes a memory rush back faster than questioning under oath, after the witness has just heard the words "under penalty of perjury".

They argue they've given every opportunity for Ford to get her story directly to the Judiciary Committee without the involvement of the Federal Bureau of Investigation - either to committee staffers or to members.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, had originally set a Friday deadline for Ford to submit testimony and had scheduled a hearing for Monday.

Kavanaugh has vehemently denied the allegation. "He does the right thing", presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway told reporters Friday morning when asked if she'd advised him to not criticize Ford.

The Senate GOP reportedly has a counteroffer for Christine Blasey Ford's attorneys, who now have until the end of the day on Friday to finalize the terms for her testimony, according to a report from Politico.

Just 9 percent of Democrats support Kavanaugh's confirmation, compared with 70 percent of Republicans.

Her office released an audio recording to Politico in which she said: "I was appalled by the president's tweet".

In July, Ford sent a letter to the ranking member of the Judiciary Committee, Sen. These are all moves that outside experts say make her story credible, and yet here is the most powerful politician in the Senate appearing to brush all of that aside because he wants to "do [his] job".

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Senator Dean Heller, a Nevada Republican, sounded bullish about the prospects of confirming the nominee, who would be expected to bring a more conservative tilt to America's highest court.

Her lawyers say she's relocated her family due to death threats.

Ford went public with her accusation over the weekend in a Washington Post interview and said Monday through her lawyer that she was ready to testify.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is sworn in for his confirmation hearings, September 4, 2018, Washington, D.C. "I had no idea that I would now have to go to the specifics and defend it before 50 cable channels and have my face spread all over MSNBC news and Twitter". But Bozell also said that Ford's "interpretation might be a lot different than what happened". He has said he offered a private hearing and other options for her to testify.

Trump's outburst saw a new #MeToo era hashtag storm the internet, with #WhyIDidntReport the top trending conversation starter on US Twitter, as people - mostly women - vented outrage over past transgressions and voiced solidarity with Ford.

"First of all, we know that allegations of sexual assault - I'm not saying that's what happened in this case - but we know allegations of sexual assault are one of the most unreported crimes that exist".

By refusing to call Mark Judge as a witness, and refusing to direct the FBI to investigate, Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the president are in lockstep.

Republicans have largely stuck to the Monday timeline, as well as Grassley's decision to limit the hearing to two witnesses: Kavanaugh and Ford.

For Trump, approval of Kavanaugh would cement conservative control of the Supreme Court and advance a White House effort to tilt the American judiciary more to the right.

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