Showdown hearing not yet set: Dems, GOP arguing on witnesses

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An allegation of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh has fueled a growing tribalism among the alumni of elite D.C. prep schools.

The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a public hearing on the allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh for next Monday, a congressional source tells CNN.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said on radio's "Hugh Hewitt Show" said that he'd not yet received confirmation from Ford that she would appear at the hearing, despite several attempts to reach her camp. For one thing, the committee was made up of 14 white men, and there were only two women in the entire Senate at the time.

"It kind of raises the question, do they want to come to the public hearing or not?"

"This is so patently unfair to her, and what really bothers me and gets me so angry is that the White House is victimizing this person", Sen.

Ms Ford detailed her allegation in a letter sent in July to Senator Dianne Feinstein, the committee's top Democrat.

"It raises questions and I think the goal of the disclosure of this is not to attack Judge Kavanaugh, not to attack his credibility".

He praised Kavanaugh, saying he was "at a level that we rarely see", but said he supported a review process in the Senate. Earlier in the press conference, she said of Blasey Ford, "I believe her".

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"Such an approach would provide more continuity, elicit the most information, and allow for an in-depth examination of the allegations", she said.

"I am willing to talk to the Senate Judiciary Committee in any way the Committee deems appropriate to refute this false allegation, from 36 years ago, and defend my integrity", Kavanaugh continued.

Earlier on Monday, Republican leaders displayed no willingness to delay a Judiciary panel vote that Grassley had planned for this Thursday to advance the nomination.

Democrats, who seized on the development as justification to delay the high-stakes nomination, could energize complacent Republican voters if they're viewed as playing politics with the sensitive allegation. Additionally, in the therapy notes, there is no mention of Kavanaugh's name, but Ford and her husband claim that she mentioned him in the session. "It demands a thorough and independent investigation before the Senate can reasonably vote on Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to a lifetime seat on the nation's highest court".

As both sides contemplated the hearing, Republicans were thinking through the optics of a nationally televised showdown between Kavanaugh and his accuser at which all 11 Republican committee members are men. Democrats are demanding a thorough investigation by the FBI, because these allegations are new. But Feinstein's office is slow-walking that process, because she's not actually interested in the truth. Feinstein sat on this letter for two months, failing to bring it to the public or the full committee's attention throughout Kavanaugh's public testimony.

Ms. Ford was invited to participate in a similar call, but her lawyer has not yet responded to the committee's request. It said the Federal Bureau of Investigation had forwarded to the White House a letter, evidently from Ford, describing alleged misconduct in the 1980s by Kavanaugh.

Ford, a professor in clinical psychology at Palo Alto University, reluctantly came forward to tell her story, ultimately changing her life forever. Kavanaugh has denied the accusation.

"This is different circumstances, occurring in a whole different time", says Manley, warning about "blowback" if Republicans try to overreach and impugn Ford's motives for coming forward. Charles Grassley, said in a statement Tuesday. "We wouldn't be having the hearing if Dr. Ford told the Washington Post and other people publicly she wanted to testify".

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