Before accuser testifies, McConnell predicts Kavanaugh will be confirmed

Kavanaugh accuser willing to testify in US Senate — reports

Ford has said she wants the FBI to investigate her claim that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a high school party in the 1980s.

"I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!" he added.

Whelan has been involved in helping to advise Kavanaugh's confirmation effort and is close friends with both Kavanaugh and Leonard Leo, the head of the Federalist Society who has been helping to spearhead the nomination.

Kavanaugh denies ever assaulting Ford, or anyone else.

She spoke with staff for the Judiciary Committee's chair and ranking member and laid out their requests in order for Ford to testify next week, including that Kavanaugh not be in the same room. "He said judges don't wear red robes or blue robes; they wear black robes".

Taylor Foy, spokesman for Grassley, said: "We are happy that Dr. Ford's attorneys are now engaging with the Committee".

Judge Kavanaugh has issued a fresh rebuttal of the allegation.

Ford also wants her safety guaranteed and she wants the committee to subpoena additional witnesses, including Mark Judge, the man she says witnessed her attack. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., a possible 2020 presidential candidate, said Republicans were "bullying" Ford by giving her a Monday deadline to testify.

Sen. McConnell predicted that the Senate will soon confirm President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee on Friday despite the accusations laid against Kavanaugh.


President Donald Trump is challenging by name the woman accusing his Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault, saying if the attack she alleges were that "bad" then she would have filed charges.

Abandoning his previous restraint, President Donald Trump challenged by name the woman accusing his Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault on Friday, declaring that if the alleged attack was so bad she would have reported it to law enforcement.

Committee Republicans have planned for only Kavanaugh and Ford to testify, but Democrats want other witnesses, too.

But Trump also later told reporters that she should be able to state her case. Republicans have said the Federal Bureau of Investigation would be doing nothing more than what committee staffers could achieve by interviewing Kavanaugh and Ford.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a New York Democrat, said at the event: "Someone who is lying does not ask the FBI to investigate their claims".

Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh leaves his home September 19, 2018 in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Kavanaugh was seen at the White House on Thursday.

However, Ms Katz suggested there appeared to be room for negotiation when she sent a letter to the committee after the phone call, saying: "The only issue I said was a deal breaker was that Dr Ford can not appear at a hearing on Monday".

Thursday morning, in an interview with National Public radio, Miranda admitted that although she felt "empowered" to tell her story suggesting firsthand, contemporaneous knowledge of the alleged assault, but as far as whether the alleged assault actually occurred, well, Miranda says, "That it happened or not, I have no idea".

By the time of the White House's response to TIME, Ed Whelan, president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, had already deleted his tweets from the previous evening which put forward a theory that a different Georgetown Prep student had assaulted Christine Blasey Ford and apologized for them, saying it was "an appalling and inexcusable mistake" to post them.

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