Kavanaugh accuser to testify Thursday in Senate: lawyers

Brett Kavanaugh listens as a protester yells during his confirmation hearing with the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill Sept. 4 2018

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The woman whose sexual assault allegation threatens to bring down President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee has agreed to testify in the Senate, her lawyers said Saturday, setting up a dramatic showdown next week.

The Senate Judiciary Committee confirmed that the next Kavanaugh nomination hearing has been rescheduled to Thursday at 10am (2pm Irish time).

Christine Blasey Ford's attorney, Debra Katz (shown above left; Ford is at far right), just handed her what looks like an insurmountable credibility problem.

Republicans, eager to move rapidly with Kavanaugh's nomination in an attempt to consolidate conservative control of the supreme court, want the hearing to take place on Monday.

"Despite actual threats to her safety and her life, Dr Ford believes it is important for senators to hear directly from her", said a statement from Christine Blasey Ford's lawyers, quoted by USA media.

Simply put, Ms. Keyser does not know Mr. Kavanaugh and she has no recollection of ever being at a party or gathering where he was present, with, or without, Dr. Ford.

As things presently stand in the protracted negotiations between Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ford regarding her testifying before the panel, she could appear Thursday.

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Graham, speaking on "Fox News Sunday", promised a fair hearing in which both Ford and Kavanaugh "will be challenged" but said "unless there's something more" to back up her accusation, then he's "not going to ruin Judge Kavanaugh's life over this". Even Donald Trump said, "I wish the Democrats could have done this a lot sooner". Kavanaugh has repeatedly and categorically denied the accusation.

A White House official said it appeared that Ford's lawyers were trying to prolong negotiations.

The senior senator for Trump's Democratic foes, Chuck Schumer, called the president's logic a "highly offensive misunderstanding of surviving trauma", while Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein said: "We must treat sexual assault survivors with respect, not bully or try to silence them".

Trump and the White House had been careful not to malign Ford after her allegations surfaced, but Trump dropped the restraint in his tweets on Friday. He added, "I'm just being honest".

"Senate Republicans went from looking accommodating and generous to looking like they are getting played unless they see this as stalling and a delay tactic".

Ford alleges that Brett Kavanaugh drunkenly assaulted her at a party when he was 17, she was 15, and they were attending private schools outside Washington in the 1980s.

"Unless there's something more, no I'm not going to ruin Judge Kavanaugh's life over this, But she should come forward, she should have her say, she will be respectfully treated".

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Another poll released this week, this one conducted by NBC and the Wall Street Journal, also found Kavanaugh's numbers sinking. I hope you understand.

Friday's hashtag is the latest echo of the #MeToo movement, which was itself started by a hashtag, encouraging victims of sexual misconduct to speak out following the allegations that have toppled Weinstein and other powerful men.

"If this process to secure her testimony falls apart, the fault is totally and clearly on the Republican leadership", Sen.

"We were told no decision has been made on this important issue, even though various senators have been dismissive of her account and should have to shoulder their responsibility to ask her questions", the attorneys for Ford said.

Ford, who asked that the FBI investigate the allegations, said there was alcohol at the party and that Kavanaugh and Judge were very drunk at the time. 38 percent of Americans were opposed to Kavanaugh's confirmation, with 34 percent in favor.

Committee staff has agreed to several additional requests from Ford and her attorneys.

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