Kavanaugh accuser may still testify; indications are Friday morning deadline could slip

Kavanaugh's accuser says she's willing to testify before judiciary committee

US Senate panel asks complainant to confirm by Friday if she will testify against top court nominee

The comments contrasted with the tone Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley has tried to set in letters to committee Democrats as Ford's attorneys have so far declined to have their client testify at a hearing the committee set for Monday, saying that she first wants an FBI investigation into her allegation.

In the email, Ford's lawyer said that she would like to talk with the committee on Thursday about the conditions under which Ford would testify but that it was not possible for Ford to do so on Monday, the day Republicans on the committee have set for a hearing.

And Blasey Ford still has a "strong preference", her lawyer wrote, for a "full investigation" into her allegation against Kavanaugh.

"Senate Republicans are attempting to make Dr. Blasey Ford testify on just a few days' notice - without having the Federal Bureau of Investigation follow up on her allegations and provide a report first", said the letter, which was spearheaded by Sens.

Ford has said she wants the FBI to investigate her claim that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a high school party in the 1980s. She says they want a "he said, she said" scenario because men are usually believed.

"She has agreed to move forward with a hearing even though the Committee has refused to subpoena Mark Judge", it said.

Ford's allegation has jeopardized Kavanaugh's nomination to the lifetime post on the Supreme Court, which previously was on a glide path toward confirmation. Grassley has instead scheduled a hearing for next Monday for both Ford and Kavanaugh to testify about the incident. Blasey Ford has left her home and hired personal security to protect her family.

Meanwhile, President Trump said Wednesday he hopes Ford appears before the committee. "If she doesn't show up, we don't have that information and we have to proceed without it". Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., said she considered the Republican ultimatum of a Monday hearing to be "bullying".

Thank you for the invitation to appear before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary on Monday, September 24. Ford is now considering whether to testify before the Judiciary Committee, an outcome pushed by Republicans while Democrats have called for an FBI investigation.

Kavanaugh has adamantly denied that he attacked Ford or any other woman, including over his long career in Washington as a White House aide and for the last 12 years as an appellate court judge, one level below the Supreme Court.

"Our Plan B is the same as our Plan A: Judge Kavanaugh", Sen.

Prof Ford earlier declined the Senate's offer to testify unless the FBI began investigating the judge. She also says Kavanaugh put his hand over her mouth when she attempted to scream. It appears to be part of a broader Republican strategy to push ahead with Kavanaugh's nomination before the upcoming Supreme Court term.

"Even what she's done so far would impact my thinking, but not almost as much as if she sat there and I had a chance to question her", Bredesen said. Katz reiterated that desire in her letter.

Ford's lawyer wrote to the Senate Judiciary Committee: "Dr. Ford has asked me to let you know that she appreciates the various options you have suggested".

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