Senate panel to vote Monday on Kavanaugh if no deal reached

What Dianne Feinstein really cares about here is #MeToo  Reuters

What Dianne Feinstein really cares about here is #MeToo Reuters

He also wrote that Republican aides tried to arrange interviews with two other "alleged witnesses".

Prof Ford, Judge Kavanaugh and his wife have all been receiving threats, as the case becomes increasingly contentious.

She spoke with staff for the Judiciary Committee's chair and ranking member and laid out their requests in order for Ford to testify next week, including that Kavanaugh not be in the same room. He has staunchly denied her account.

Both have agreed to testify before a Senate committee. The Republican-controlled panel set a hearing for Monday. The White House. Judge Kavanaugh has not asked to have the FBI investigate these claims.

However, Ms Katz suggested there appeared to be room for negotiation when she sent a letter to the committee after the phone call, saying: "The only issue I said was a deal breaker was that Dr Ford can not appear at a hearing on Monday".

Their allies and opponents are issuing ferocious statements, further electrifying the election season atmosphere.

Bozell, who describes herself as an independent, said she found the timing of the allegations suspicious and believed Kavanaugh was an "upstanding man" who was being "smeared" and that his family was being torn apart. But Grassley has taken pains to make it appear that he's putting together a balanced hearing.

The details of the alleged assault during a gathering of teenagers at a house in Montgomery County, Maryland, were carried in the Washington Post last Sunday when Prof Ford chose to go public.

Meanwhile, President Trump chimed in on the Kavanaugh situation on Twitter Friday, writing that if the allegations were "as bad as [Ford] says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents". "I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!" he wrote.

Without an investigation, no one knows what really happened that night, but parts of America may have already have decided.

After a restrained week, Donald Trump has changed course, questioning why she did not report the allegations to the Federal Bureau of Investigation 36 years ago if they were "as bad as she says". Trump has refused to ask for that. But Bozell also said that Ford's "interpretation might be a lot different than what happened".

In fact, according to Department of Justice statistics, as of 2016 only 23 percent of rapes or sexual assaults were reported to the police. "I think it all depends on what she decides to do. We're going to plow right through it and do our job". "If she had shared it with Grassley, I think the information would have been shared directly with the White House". As of Friday, he was scheduled to do so on Monday.

Miranda says she played soccer with Ford - whom she refers to as Chrissy - in high school and that she continues to support her. Miranda added that despite not knowing specifics of what went on at the party three decades ago, she remembers that there was a "buzz" that went around possibly on a weekend about the party where an alleged incident involving students from her school and Kavanaugh's took place. "Key aspects of our nation's health-care and labor laws may be at risk if Mr. Kavanaugh receives a lifetime appointment". The answers people in this case might give to FBI investigators could be suggestive in terms of what they say they remember, what they deny and what level of detail they are willing to volunteer - mindful about the potential penalty for lying.

Ford has told the panel she would prefer the committee not use outside counsel to question her because that would make it seem too much like a trial, the attorney told the panel.

Ford and Kavanaugh allotted the same amount of time to talk.

The GOP is defending House and Senate majorities in the election, and though Trump is not on the ballot November 6, the contest is widely considered a referendum on his stewardship.

GOP leaders fear a repeat of hearings for then-nominee Clarence Thomas, when Republican lawmakers sparked outrage by confirming Thomas despite Anita Hill accusing him of sexual harassment.

The Senate Judiciary Committee delayed a vote on Kavanaugh.

The senior Democrat in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, called Trump's logic "a highly offensive misunderstanding of surviving trauma".

The summit's emcee, Gil Mertz of the Family Research Council, questioned Democrats' intentions by comparing the allegation against Kavanaugh to the accusations of physical abuse against Democratic National Committee Deputy Chair Keith Ellison, who is running for attorney general in Minnesota.

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