Kavanaugh willing to testify; accuser wants time


Following her willingness to testify before the Senate, the woman who accused Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her decades ago said she does not want to be near the SCOTUS nominee during her potential questioning.

With Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination dangling in the balance, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said his panel still planned a Monday morning hearing that Mr Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford were invited to attend. At first, she said she would not testify until the FBI had investigated, but then said Thursday through her attorney that she would agree to appear, but not when the Senate Judiciary Committee meets Monday.

Ford's lawyers have asked the FBI to investigate her charge - that a drunken Kavanaugh groped her and tried to remove her clothes at a party when they were both teenagers more than three decades ago - before she agrees to appear at the hearing, but Republicans have refused to go along. "Who is not asking the FBI to investigate these claims?"

Katz had signaled that Ford would be willing to testify on the same date, but later said that the FBI should complete an investigation into the allegations before Ford is willing to testify. Ford's attorneys raised the possibility of subpoenaing several witnesses including Mark Judge, who she says egged Kavanaugh on during the assault.

Democrats would love to block Kavanaugh, but they're more focused on using Ford to win big at the polls.

The 1991 Clarence Thomas hearings ended with his confirmation for the Supreme Court, but the he-said-she-said over law professor Anita Hill's accusations of raunchy language and gestures in the workplace led to the 1992 Year of the Woman. The only people Ford says were present for the alleged assault are Kavanaugh and schoolmate Mike Judge, both of whom say this incident never happened. "If she doesn't show up, that would be unfortunate", Trump added, calling the situation "very unfair" to his nominee.

Asked if he would ask the FBI to open a deeper investigation, Trump said he was content to "let the senators do it".

J. Scott Applewhite/APSupreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh waits to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee for the third day of his confirmation hearing, on Capitol Hill in Washington, September 6, 2018.

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On Thursday, most Republicans had stuck to the timeline of holding a hearing on Monday, as well as Grassley's decision to limit the hearing to two witnesses: Kavanaugh and Ford. The Senate GOP proposed that the committee hear from both Judge Kavanaugh and Dr. Ford in the interest of due process and transparency for the public. "All claims must be evaluated on the basis of the evidence and on the credibility of the accuser and the accused", it said.

Ed Whelan, a former clerk to the late Justice Antonin Scalia and president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, pointed to floor plans, online photos, and other information to suggest a location for the house party in suburban Maryland that Ford described.

Senator Lindsey Graham said "it is imperative the Judiciary Committee move forward on the Kavanaugh nomination and a committee vote be taken as soon as possible".

"Grassley's process is a sham but I didn't expect them to broadcast it so openly", Jentleson said. Kavanaugh denies that account.

Several women came forward and accused Moore of engaging in sexual misconduct with them when they were teenagers ahead of his election before losing to Democrat Doug Jones past year.

Lisa Banks, one of Ford's lawyers, said in a statement to CNN on Wednesday that Ford and her family had received threats, which forced them to leave their home.

"But the Federal Bureau of Investigation report was not about this incident", Nelson said.