McConnell says Kavanaugh ‘will be’ on court soon

Leroy Wright
September 21, 2018

"He remains committed to providing a fair forum for both Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh", said Taylor Foy, a spokesman for Grassley.

Mr Trump questioned why the Federal Bureau of Investigation was not called at the time of the alleged assault, in 1982, if it was "as bad as she says". Judge also said he never saw Kavanaugh "act in the manner Dr Ford describes". It said the telephone discussion ended with no decision. They also mentioned having only one camera in the room, and said Ford is opposed to being questioned by outside counsel.

More than 1,100 miles east, Carole Vienneau, a 61-year-old Democrat from Nashville, Tennessee, said it was "only fair" the FBI investigate Ford's accusations as she has requested.

President Donald Trump says Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is "under assault by radical left wing politicians".

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.

Senator Dean Heller, a Nevada Republican, sounded bullish about the prospects of confirming the nominee, who would be expected to bring a more conservative tilt to America's highest court.

Ford has alleged that while she and Kavanaugh were at a house party in the early 1980s, when the two were in high school, Kavanaugh drunkenly pinned her to a bed, groped her, and put his hand over her mouth to stifle her screams as he tried to take off her clothes.

"She wishes to testify, provided that we can agree on terms that are fair and which ensure her safety", Katz wrote in the email, which was obtained by The Associated Press after first being reported by The New York Times. The lawyers added that "the Committee's insistence that it occur then is arbitrary in any event".

White House adviser Kellyanne Conway said: "Asking for that usual sequence to be reversed is very unusual". They've offered to fly staff to California for a private interview, in addition to offering a public or private hearing in front of the Committee on Capitol Hill.

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Gillibrand said Senate Republicans' ultimatum of a Monday hearing was "bullying". Some say so. On the other hand, there is a police report relating to one of the domestic violence complaints against Deputy Democratic National Committee Chairman Keith Ellison, in the form of a transcript of a 911 call that included a request for a squad vehicle to come to the victim's residence.

Her lawyer, Debra Katz, rejected this and in a phone call to the committee on Thursday spelled out her client's conditions for testifying.

The confirmation fight has unfolded ahead of November 6 congressional elections in which Democrats are seeking to take control of Congress from Trump's fellow Republicans.

Christine Blasey Ford may testify against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after all.

The Senate panel must approve Kavanaugh's confirmation before a full vote by the Senate, where Republicans hold a 51-49 majority.

U.S. Capitol Police said 56 protesters were arrested in Senate office buildings during demonstrations against Kavanaugh. And the treatment of his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, has sparked an emotional debate across the country on how legislators should handle abuse claims in the #MeToo era. Kavanaugh has repeatedly denied the allegations.

One of the four has yet to be publicly identified.

Twelve of Ford's family members wrote an open letter, posted on Twitter by her niece, actress and singer Bridgit Mendler, calling Ford "highly ethical" and saying "her honesty is above reproach".

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