GOP threatens Monday vote on Kavanaugh unless accuser testifies

GOP threatens Monday vote on Kavanaugh unless accuser testifies

Grassley said he'd consented to several other Ford demands, including that she be provided security and that Kavanaugh not be in the hearing room when she testifies.

Her lawyers say the professor's life has been turned upside down.

Kavanaugh has categorically denied the allegations and said he stands ready to testify whenever called.

The Republican majority on the judiciary committee had been arguing with Ford's lawyers about the details of Ford's appearance before the committee, such as the day of the hearing and how many cameras would be allowed into the chamber.

It was only because he was drunk that he did not rape her, her lawyer said.

Mr Kavanaugh's confirmation hangs in the balance. Ford's lawyers, Debra S. Katz and Lisa Banks, have requested a follow up discussion to negotiate that and other terms regarding her testimony.

Republican lawmakers are trying to win Senate confirmation for Kavanaugh ahead of the court's start of a new term on October 1, or if not by then, ahead of the November 6 nationwide congressional elections, to show Republican voters they have made good on campaign promises to place conservative judges like Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court. I want to hear her.

Yet according to Trump, she would have gone to the authorities immediately had the story been true - despite what experts say is the common reaction of women in sexual assault incidents to keep quiet for years out of fear or shame.

His approval by the Judiciary Committee and the Republican-majority Senate appeared to be an nearly certainty until The Washington Post published its interview with Ford, who is now a California psychology professor. However, it later appeared that she might not when her attorneys squabbled with Grassley's committee over details, such as when she would testify, where she would offer her testimony, who would ask her questions, and in what order she would testify. Many Republicans are concerned about the optics of an all-male GOP panel questioning Ford.

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The lawyers asked in their message to "set up a time for later this afternoon to continue our negotiations".

The committee chairman, GOP Sen.

Dr Ford, a clinical psychology professor, accused Judge Kavanaugh of pinning her to a bed at a Maryland party in the early 1980s when she was 15.

He also refused to call additional witnesses.

The allegations come in the shadow of the powerful #Metoo movement against sexual harassment and assault, and echo the 1991 hearings for conservative Clarence Thomas to join the Supreme Court, when his former assistant Anita Hill accused him of repeated sexual harassment.

In a series of tweets that have since been deleted, Whelan said Ford may have confused Kavanaugh for a different classmate, one that he named in the tweets along with the address of the house where he suggested the reported attack had taken place.

Kavanaugh had seemed to gain momentum among Republican senators this week, with growing numbers saying it was approaching time to vote and those who'd voiced concern about Ford's charges stopping short of expressing opposition to Kavanaugh.

According to the report, Ford sent the email about 90 minutes after the Post shared her name with the White House - but before the newspaper posted a story revealing her name on Monday. "We're going to plow right through it and do our job", McConnell said.

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