Republicans make counteroffer to Kavanaugh's accuser

Democrat Says 'Boo Hoo' To Rape Threats Against Sen. Collins's Staff

Ford wants Kavanaugh to testify first and then she will tell her story to the committee, a committee staffer said.

Leading the way for the GOP is President Donald Trump, the former reality show star who on Friday attacked Ford's credibility and zeroes in on people who "make me look as bad as possible".

Republicans for days have been trying, with some success, not to blame the accuser in the high-stakes he-said-she-said roiling the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh.

The accusation has jarred the 53-year-old conservative jurist's prospects for winning confirmation, which until Ford's emergence last week had seemed all but certain.

Committee chairman Chuck Grassley had called for written testimony by this Friday from Prof Ford and scheduled a hearing on the matter for Monday.

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

The telephone discussion ended with no decision, according to media reports.

Follow the Bangor Daily News on Facebook for the latest ME news. He denies the allegations. "These people might as well just wear a big #MeToo tattoo on their forehead at this point".

You demanded that the number of rounds and minutes per round of questions be equal for all senators.

-Reporters kept at a distance, as they are for Kavanaugh and most other high-profile hearings.

"We're going to plow right through it", he said.

You demanded that we not hold the hearing on Monday because Dr. Ford needs time to prepare her testimony.

Whelan, an adviser to Kavanaugh's confirmation effort, dumped all this on Twitter Thursday evening. Charles Grassley (R) of Iowa is the chairman of the committee and has said he cannot compel an FBI investigation because only the White House, which oversees the agency, can do that.

Ford has agreed to testify next week, if the Committee agrees to conditions, including that Kavanaugh must not be in the room while she answers questions.


Her lawyers say the professor's life has been turned upside down, having received death threats and been forced out of her home. "She wishes to testify, provided that we can agree on terms that are fair and which ensure her safety".

Ford spoke to no one of her experience until 2012 when she and her husband discussed it in therapy. Judge has told the committee he does not recall the incident and does not want to speak publicly. Christine Ford's allegations Friday, asking why she or her "loving parents" did not "immediately file charges" after the alleged attack.

In contrast, four Democrats are women - some with ambitions to challenge Trump in 2020.

Speaker Kayla Kessinger, a Republican state delegate in West Virginia who is running for re-election primarily on a pro-life platform - in a state that is taking up a ballot initiative to revoke public funding of abortions in November - told ABC News: "I am absolutely, one hundred percent supportive of Brett Kavanaugh".

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

Kavanaugh, who's been eager to testify, said he was ready to appear Monday.

Twelve of Prof Ford's family members have written an open letter, posted on Twitter, in which they call her "highly ethical", adding that "her honesty is above reproach".

Senate Republicans agreed nearly immediately after Ford's name became public that her story should be heard.

White House officials remain confident Kavanaugh will be confirmed.

He added: "Why didn't someone call the Federal Bureau of Investigation 36 years ago?" Judge also said he never saw Kavanaugh "act in the manner Dr Ford describes". "They've delayed it a week already".

Ford told The Washington Post in an interview published Sunday that Kavanaugh drunkenly pinned her to a bed on her back, groped her and put his hand over her mouth to stifle her screams at a house party in the early 1980s.

Grassley has said that in the interest of making Ford comfortable, he'd be willing to let Ford testify in public or private.

"I don't know her values but what she's saying is unproven and I would argue it's unprovable", Bauer said.

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