Kavanaugh, Ford Public Hearing Confirmed for Thursday

Geraldine Edwards
September 24, 2018

"I think it really speaks to her credibility at this moment". They could also use staff attorneys to the Republican majority on the committee.

Republicans viewed the weeklong back-and-forth negotiations on Ford's various requests as a way to delay voting on President Donald Trump's nominee.

The New Yorker notes that even the Trump White House "appears to have given up any hope of silencing Ford or dismissing her claims entirely". The person spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe strategy.

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. While Ford claims that Kavanaugh physically and sexually assaulted her at a high school party, Kavanaugh maintains his innocence.

The committee chairman, GOP Sen.

According to the White House, a fourth denial was sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Saturday by Leland Keyser, whose lawyer said in a statement she "does not know Mr. Kavanaugh and she has no recollection of ever being at a party or gathering where he was present with, or without, Dr. Ford". They said they remained disappointed by the "bullying" that "tainted the process".

If a final agreement on the details of a hearing is reached, it would set the stage for a dramatic, swearing confrontation in the coming week.

Patience among Republicans was running thin.

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It said she had considered leaving the U.S. when it became clear Kavanaugh would be Trump's pick for supreme court justice.

A spokesman for GOP Sen.

Grassley made the announcement late on Friday night in the unusual form of a tweet addressed to the nominee. "She rejected the committee's offer to testify Wednesday".

Support for Kavanaugh's nomination in the Senate has fallen largely on party lines, with his confirmation ultimately in the hands of a small number of swing-vote senators.

Ms Ford's lawyers asked for another day. They have become a walking advertisement for Democratic Senate candidates ("Can you believe these clowns?" would be an apt bumper sticker) and an embarrassment to their own operatives who see the Kavanaugh confirmation hanging by a thread.

"She should decide so we can move on".

"I want to listen to her, but I'm being honest with you and everybody else.What am I supposed to do?" "It's not my normal approach to b indecisive", Grassley said. This is something that she has carried with her just as so many victims do.

Brett Kavanaugh denies knowledge of any such assault and wants to give his side of the story.

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The judiciary committee has struggled with how to proceed with Kavanaugh's nomination. "And by the way, women are for that more than anyone would understand".

Grassley had previously told Ford's lawyer, Debra Katz, that Ford had until 10:00pm Friday to decide whether to testify.

"Republican committee staff told Ford's attorneys that they would be unwilling to accept what they characterized as a "demand" that only senators be permitted to ask questions of the witnesses".

For their part, Democrats say Republicans are mounting an unseemly rush to get Kavanaugh into the nine-member Supreme Court while they still control the legislature.

Republicans will be forced to walk a careful line in questioning Ford's account without alienating female voters before the November congressional elections.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is accused of sexual assault.

"She was like, 'I can't deal with this, '" Russell Ford said.

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