Kavanaugh's accuser 'to testify on Thursday'

Ford's accusations and the standoff over the terms of her appearance have left the appeals court judge's confirmation in jeopardy.

Ford alleges that Kavanaugh assaulted her during a house party in high school in the 1980s.

Testimony by Blasey could greatly complicate matters for Kavanaugh, who has vigorously denied Blasey's allegations and just last week seemed destined for confirmation.

Fox News was told that Debra Katz, one of the lawyers representing Ford, requested a hearing on Thursday - a request the Republicans on the committee had initially rejected, offering Wednesday instead.

Democrats, against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement, countered that Ms Ford should be shown respect and given accommodation to tell her story. Meanwhile, Republicans viewed Ford's requests as a way to delay voting on President Donald Trump's nominee.

A senior official at the White House said the letter amounted to "an ask to continue "negotiations" without committing to anything".

"Dr. Ford accepts the committee's request to provide her firsthand knowledge of Brett Kavanaugh's sexual misconduct next week", the letter read. He declined to answer some questions altogether, saying they were too personal, these people said.

Earlier Saturday, Vice-President Mike Pence called Kavanaugh "a man of integrity with impeccable credentials".

It was unclear whether Grassley would permit more negotiations Saturday, with patience among Republicans running thin. Kavanaugh's confirmation to the lifetime position would be the second of the Trump administration and solidify conservative control of the nation's top court. But they want to set up a time later Saturday to keep discussing the terms of her appearance.

He said if Ford and her lawyers failed to reach a decision his Republican-run panel would vote on sending Kavanaugh's nomination for Supreme Court Justice by Monday.

The lawyer acknowledged to CNN that Keyser is a lifelong friend of Ford's.


"She shld decide so we can move on. In the event that we can come to a reasonable resolution as I've been seeking all week, then I will postpone the committee vote to accommodate her testimony".

"I hope u understand", he wrote just before midnight, in a comment directed at Kavanaugh.

"It's not my normal approach to b indecisive", Grassley wrote at 11:42 p.m. Friday. Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the committee, had insisted that she appear to testify on Monday.

He also rejected her proposal that she testify after Mr Kavanaugh.

Grassley's stance reflected a desire by Trump and GOP leaders to usher Kavanaugh onto the high court by the October 1 start of its new session and before the November elections.

The agreement is in the works for California professor Christine Blasey Ford to possibly testify, but details have yet to be finalised, the reports said. I'm providing a notice of a vote to occur Monday in the event that Dr. Ford's attorneys don't respond or Dr. Ford decides not to testify.

The president's tweet brought blistering rejoinders from Democrats and a mix of silence and sighs of regret from his own party.

According to the report, Kavanaugh has been in contact Republican senators on the Judiciary Committee to find out what questions he will face and to urge them to support him publicly.

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

Additionally, as the only other woman supposedly at the gathering, Keyser's statement may hold more weight with key Republican Sen. Ford dropped her initial request for an FBI investigation of her allegations.

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