Sen. Grassley Sets Deadline for Kavanaugh Accuser to Respond to Testimony Request

Republican Mitch Mc Connell said he was confident Kavanaugh would be confirmed

Republican Mitch Mc Connell said he was confident Kavanaugh would be confirmed

But Katz says that a Monday hearing "is not possible and the committee's insistence that it occur then is arbitrary in any event".

Grassley also said that Ford has to submit any testimony and her biography to the committee by Friday morning if she plans to testify.

Ford's lawyers have said she's received death threats.

Kavanaugh has been prepping all week for the possibility of a public hearing and denies Ford's claim that he "groped" her and "put his hand over her mouth" at a high school party in the early 1980s.

"Her strong preference continues to be for the Senate Judiciary Committee to allow for a full investigation prior to her testimony", the letter said.

"I question whether this will be significant 10 days from now because it does look like she isn't going to testify", Mr. Luntz told Fox's Laura Ingraham. The Democratic party is nearly universally calling for an FBI investigation that it knows full well is not going to happen, and should not happen, and using its absence as a reason for the hearing to be delayed.

"Requiring an FBI investigation of a 36-year-old allegation (without specific references to time or location) before Professor Ford will appear before the Judiciary Committee is not about finding the truth, but delaying the process till after the midterm elections", Sen.

On Wednesday, Sen. Chuck Grassley sent a letter to Sen.

The Democrats, all of whom served as prosecutors or state attorneys general, noted that President George H.W. Bush asked the FBI to investigate after law professor Anita Hill raised allegations of sexual harassment against Judge Clarence Thomas in 1991.

"I can't imagine any reason that it would be mistaken identity", Peters said.

Kavanaugh, the conservative federal appeals court judge nominated by President Donald Trump in July for the lifetime job as a Supreme Court justice, said he will testify on Monday.

It's the first time Republicans on the committee have spoken directly with Ford's attorneys since she went public with the allegation against Kavanaugh on Sunday and the discussion seems to have thawed a stand-off between the two parties as to whether she would testify. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., a possible 2020 presidential candidate, said Republicans were "bullying" Ford by giving her a Monday deadline to testify.

"This is one of Chuck Grassley's lawyers who wants to interrogate Dr. Blasey Ford. We've all made clear this is her chance".

He said he was "disturbed" to hear that she had been facing threats and harassment but urged her to speak before the committee.

Hirono of Hawaii and Gillibrand of NY joined other Democrats and Ford's legal team in calling for an FBI investigation into the matter.

A handful of pivotal senators have yet to disclose how they will ultimately vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation, including Republican Senators Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

"We just have to be so much better than we've been in the past in recognizing what's appropriate and what's not, in terms of the process", Flake said Wednesday in the Costa report. "They have always when they come forward with an accusation of assault or rape", Mr. Garamendi said on CNN.

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