Published: Mon, September 24, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Brett Kavanaugh accuser to give evidence before Senate

Brett Kavanaugh accuser to give evidence before Senate

The Republican chair of the Senate judiciary committee, Chuck Grassley, reluctantly set the new deadline after the committee failed to reach agreement with lawyers for the Californian professor Christine Blasey Ford, who has said Kavanaugh attacked her when they were both teenagers.

But lawyers for Christine Blasey Ford said in a letter to the committee's Republican majority that they want to continue discussing the terms of her appearance.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Judiciary Committee ranking member Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., wrote a letter to President Trump urging him to direct the FBI to investigate sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

The message from Ford's lawyers did not, however, agree to a specified date and time for Ford to speak to the committee and said that "many aspects" of an earlier proposal by the committee was "fundamentally inconsistent with the Committee's promise of a fair, impartial investigation into her allegations".

Republicans had hoped to push through a successful confirmation of the president's pick to join the Supreme Court before oral arguments begin on October 1.

"Dr. Ford if you changed your mind say so so we can move on".

Ford has said five people were at the gathering, and four of them claim not to remember it: Keyser, Smith, Kavanaugh, and his friend Mark Judge, who Ford has said was in the room when the alleged assault took place.

Earlier Saturday amid the latest deadline standoff Vice President Mike Pence called Kavanaugh "a man of integrity with impeccable credentials".

Trump mused to confidants that the "fake" attacks against his nominee were meant to undermine his presidency, according to a White House official and a Republican close to the White House.

Some terms of Ford's and Kavanaugh's appearances are still being negotiated, but several details have been resolved. Katz requested that the hearing be held next Thursday, and that Kavanaugh testify before Ford, among other requests.

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Patrick J. Smyth, another former classmate who said he was identified as also attending the party, also told the Judiciary Committee this week that he did not recall it.

A Democratic senator on the Judiciary Committee, Mazie Hirono, said she wanted to hear from Kavanaugh about the drinking and partying environment in high school.

In an email sent to the committee at 2:17 p.m. Saturday, attorneys Debra Katz and Lisa Banks asked staff for Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, to set up a phone conversation later Saturday to work out specifics.

Keyser's denial, as a female classmate and Ford's last alleged witness, is the most consequential development that has occurred since Ford publicly stepped forward last Sunday and detailed her allegations to the Washington Post.

The question now is whether anyone at the White House, Kavanaugh or at the Senate Judiciary Committee was involved in the harebrained scheme to accuse a classmate of Kavanaugh's under the bonkers theory Ford got the identity of her attacker "confused". Now an appeals court judge, Kavanaugh denies the allegations.

Feinstein tweeted Saturday that Republicans had been "bullying" Ford in an effort to confirm Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court - echoing fellow Democrats, who also used the word "bullying".

"I want to listen to her, but I'm being honest with you and everybody else".

A Senate Republican aide told CNN Friday that a special counsel would prevent the politicization of Ford's questioning.

Ford has received death threats while Kavanaugh and his wife also have received threats.

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