Kavanaugh accuser Christine Ford opens door to testifying next week

WASHINGTON DC- SEPTEMBER 06 Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the third day of his Supreme Court confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill

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The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a hearing for Ford and Kavanaugh to testify on Monday.

The email from an attorney for Christine Blasey Ford to committee aides also says that holding the session on Monday isn't possible.

Committee Republicans have held firm in recent days that Blasey Ford must testify on Monday, either in public or in private before the committee or committee staffers.

Grassley who called the document a "significant piece of evidence in Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation process", said that despite multiple requests, he still has access only to a redacted copy of the letter included in supplemental background materials provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to a select group of senators.

In it, Katz told committee staff members she would like to set up a call later on Thursday to discuss the conditions under which Ford would be prepared to testify next week. She says they want a "he said, she said" scenario because men are usually believed.

The Senate, the committee chairman notes, "and only the Senate", is tasked with vetting a president's Supreme Court nominee.

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Miranda's new comments are a significant development in what remains a largely "she said, he said" account of events between Ford and Kavanaugh. Her lawyer told CNN she's now receiving death threats over the allegation.

Talks continue between the GOP-run committee and Christine Blasey Ford's lawyer over details of a tentative agreement for a hearing Thursday. Ford's letter to Feinstein had claimed that Kavanaugh had pushed her into a bedroom, attempted to disrobe her, and forcibly covered her mouth when she tried to scream. Charles Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Sen.

She has asked for an FBI investigation of her claim before she testifies, and is also urging the Senate Judiciary Committee to hear from other witnesses.

The version that was made public redacts the identity of the other person Ms. Ford says was in the room during the alleged attack, who has since been publicly identified. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) in July, shortly after Trump chose Kavanaugh as the nominee for Supreme Court justice.

He called the allegation against Judge Kavanaugh "a drive-by shooting".

Now Republicans who pushed for Ford to get a chance to testify have hinted their patience has limits.

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Ford has come under fire from Senate Republicans who have questioned her allegations.

It remains unclear whether Ford will attend or if the hearing will occur without her.

Trump has often expressed support for Kavanaugh, saying Wednesday that "it's very hard for me to imagine" that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted Ford.

Chuck Grassley, the committee's Republican chairman, on Wednesday sent a letter to Ford's lawyers giving her until 10 a.m. on Friday to submit prepared testimony if she meant to show up on Monday.

"Why isn't Judge Kavanaugh asking for an FBI investigation if (he has) nothing to hide?"

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