GOP, Kavanaugh accuser in standoff over her Senate testimony

Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh waits to testify during his confirmation hearings earlier this month

Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh waits to testify during his confirmation hearings earlier this month

Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif) in July, but Feinstein did not release the information until last Friday, after the committee hearings for Kavanaugh's confirmation had closed.

"I'm extending the deadline for response yet again to 10 o'clock this evening", Grassley said.

Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, has asked Ford's attorneys to respond by 10 a.m. Friday on whether she plans to appear before his panel at a hearing planned for Monday.

The Senate Judiciary Committee would have to change the Monday hearing.

Blasey Ford and her attorneys, backed by Senate Democrats, have called for an FBI investigation of the matter.

"I think it's a very sad situation", he said, asking, "Why didn't somebody call the Federal Bureau of Investigation 36 years ago?"

With the president on message, GOP members felt they were successfully painting Democrats as having politicized the allegations.

"I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents".

Now a 53-year-old California psychology professor, Ford says an inebriated Kavanaugh pinned her on a bed, muffled her cries and tried removing her clothes when both were teenagers in the 1980s.

Senator Chuck Grassley said his panel would vote on Monday on Mr Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination without an agreement.

"I will be there". "I continue to want a hearing as soon as possible, so that I can clear my name".

Haunting every politician is the memory of the 1991 confirmation hearings of Clarence Thomas, in which an all-male Senate panel hammered Anita Hill on her allegations of sexual harassment.

She's also the chief counsel and policy director of the Judicial Crisis Network, a conservative organization that is behind a $1.5 million ad campaign in support of Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court.

Then early Friday, Trump questioned Ford's credibility and challenged her to provide more evidence than the notes from a therapist reviewed by The Post. Since Republicans have ample votes in the chamber to confirm him, Kavanaugh, despite the allegations, appears poised to tip the high court toward conservatives.

However, they said that she is open to negotiating a new date - under strict conditions, given the increasingly nasty atmosphere around the case.

The two aides who take calls who sit in the cozy office estimated that they receive more than a hundred calls a day on the issue of Kavanaugh's nomination.

Sara Fagen, who described herself as a friend and former colleague of Kavanaugh, said she and the other women at the news conference believe the allegation is untrue.

Trump went on to suggest that he already considers Kavanaugh likely to surmount the row and be confirmed to the lifetime appointment. "We want to hear Dr Ford's testimony and are prepared to accommodate many of your demands, including further delaying a hearing that is now scheduled for Monday". If it needs more support, it should have it, she said.

"I was appalled by the president's tweet", she said in comments broadcast by CNN.

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.

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