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

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

Attorney Debra Katz said Professor Ford, 51, a psychology professor in California, had received death threats and for safety reasons had relocated her family.

Before engaging Friday morning, he blasted his political nemeses for accepting Ford's story at face value no matter the consequences.

The Democrats, all of whom served as prosecutors or state attorneys general, noted that President George H.W. Bush asked the FBI to investigate after law professor Anita Hill raised allegations of sexual harassment against Judge Clarence Thomas in 1991. "Who is not asking the FBI to investigate these claims?"

Kavanaugh has offered to testify "as soon as possible, so that I can clear my name", he wrote in a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley Thursday. Is that the reaction of an innocent person?

Gillibrand said Senate Republicans' ultimatum of a Monday hearing was "bullying".

Like Bozell, Republicans on Capitol Hill have said that Feinstein should have brought the information to the panel earlier.

"It is not the FBI's role to investigate a matter such as this", wrote Grassley, who also sent a letter to committee Democrats formally rejecting their bid for the FBI to investigate. Democrats, meanwhile, generally called for more investigations. A Republican aide didn't dispute the figure, but said those updates can be relatively minor, such as adding a nominee's tax records or educational information that had been inadvertently excluded.

"TAKE THE VOTE!" Trump tweeted, telling the Republican-controlled Senate to get on with the confirmation. Susan Collins, a key Republican swing vote.

Neither is it traditional for any subpoenas to be issued for the nomination process.

One woman's voice appeared to break as she recalled how Mr Kavanaugh had supported her family and played baseball with her children.

-Reporters kept at a distance, as they are for Kavanaugh and most other high-profile hearings.




Democrats have been delaying a vote on Kavanaugh, first in order to allow Christine Blasey Ford, who recently accused Kavanaugh of sexual assaulting her 36 years ago, to testify, and then to allow an FBI investigation into her claims.

Ford supporters protest outside the office of Senator Chuck Grassley on Thursday, saying he's treating her unfairly. John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Republican in the chamber, told CNN.

"I think he's the right choice and what the Democrats have pulled, and the dirty tricks, is just appalling", a nine-time attendee of the annual summit, Russ Consentino of Bucks County, told ABC News Friday.

Ford has said that Kavanaugh drunkenly pinned her to a bed and tried to take off her clothes at a 1980s house party when they were both teenagers at elite private schools near Washington.

"Since the moment I first heard the allegation", he said in a statement on Thursday, "I have categorically and unequivocally denied it".

More Americans oppose than support the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, a new USA TODAY/Ipsos Public Affairs Poll finds, an unprecedented level of disapproval for a nominee to the nation's high court. "You have to ask yourself why". The FBI has included the allegation in Kavanaugh's background file, and is not opening any additional probe at this time, although the president could theoretically direct the FBI to undertake a further review.

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

"We already had a hearing", Cornyn said. "I look forward to the opportunity to testify before the Committee".

"Judge Kavanaugh will be on the United States Supreme Court", he said to applause.

The Democrats, all of whom served as prosecutors or state attorneys general, noted that President George H.W. Bush asked the FBI to investigate after Hill raised allegations against Thomas.

Now, Ford's willingness to negotiate to appear later next week sets up the most dramatic and politically significant she-said-he-said since Anita Hill testified at the reopened Senate hearings on Justice Clarence Thomas' nomination to the court.

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