GOP pushing forward for Kavanaugh, accuser wants 'fairness'

Christine Blasey Ford May Testify Next Week After All

Trump Says He Wants To Hear From Kavanaugh's Accuser

Senate Republicans have been clamoring to get Ford in front of the Judiciary Committee before lawmakers vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court next week. At first, she said she would not testify until the FBI had investigated, but then said Thursday through her attorney that she would agree to appear, but not when the Senate Judiciary Committee meets Monday. Trump has said that if Dr Ford "shows up and makes a credible showing, that will be very interesting and we'll have to make a decision"; however, Kavanaugh is "such an outstanding man" that it is "very hard" for him to "imagine that anything happened".

In their letter, Ford's attorneys had further stated that Ford wished the FBI to investigate her claims before he came before the committee.

Democrats in Washington sought to turn up pressure Thursday on the GOP for an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe of Ford's allegation, recommending that she not testify on Monday under Republicans' current plan to hear only from her and Kavanaugh.

Pollster Frank Luntz said Wednesday that Democrats brought in Ms. Hill for a series of media appearances because "they realized within 24 hours that this story was turning - that people were starting to wonder, 'Why is she backing off?'"

Gillibrand, who has supported legislation on sexual assault and harassment in the military and in Congress, said she would not recommend that Ford testify without an FBI investigation.

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Republicans fear if the nomination is delayed any further, it could be endangered by a possible Democratic sweep of the looming congressional midterm elections in seven weeks. Republicans have said they will move forward with a vote on Kavanaugh if Ford does not testify.

Thirty three protesters were arrested outside of Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles E. Grassley's office in the Hart Senate Office Building Thursday afternoon.

Republicans have resisted all Democratic efforts to slow and perhaps block Kavanaugh's confirmation.

"It is not the FBI's role to investigate a matter such as this", wrote Grassley, who also sent a letter to committee Democrats formally rejecting their bid for the FBI to investigate. "If it's legitimate, she has a legitimate complaint", Cordes said, her voice softening.

The staffer also said committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein's staff would be invited to participate in the call.

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Several women came forward and accused Moore of engaging in sexual misconduct with them when they were teenagers ahead of his election before losing to Democrat Doug Jones past year.

According to the statement, Ford and her family have received threats and she is "currently unable to go home". Mazie Hirono has been thrust into the spotlight as she has unexpectedly become one of the most outspoken senators in defense of a woman who says she was assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

The disturbing accusations threw a wrench into Kavanaugh's confirmation to replace Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court, which initially appeared to be a slam dunk for Republicans.

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

Blasey, a psychology professor at Palo Alto University, has publicly accused Kavanaugh of drunkenly assaulting her during a party in Maryland when they were both in high school.

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Ford's story was leaked to the press earlier this month before she came forward to The Washington Post.

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