Kavanaugh Accuser Christine Blasey Ford To Testify Thursday

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That's because Republicans are expected to maintain control of the Senate, but if Democrats gain control, they probably won't confirm a second Trump nominee to the Supreme Court.

Mr Trump's change in tone - and apparent shift in tactics - came as Christine Blasey Ford's lawyers negotiated with the Senate Judiciary Committee on the terms for her possible testimony next week in a dramatic showdown over her accusation that threatens Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation.

Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, initially wanted her account to remain secret but she has since come forward after it leaked. I hope you understand. "It's not my normal approach to b indecisive", Grassley wrote.

Kavanaugh, who has called the allegation "completely false", also has agreed to testify at the hearing planned for 10 a.m. (1400 GMT) on Thursday.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley had requested that Ford respond to his invitation to testify before the Senate by Saturday afternoon. "What in the hell did she have to gain by doing this?" Ramirez recalled that Kavanaugh exposed himself at a drunken dormitory party, thrust his penis in her face, and caused her to touch it without her consent as she pushed him away, the magazine reported. As of Sunday afternoon, Ford's attorneys have announced that a deal has been reached for her to testify on Thursday.

The Republican-controlled Senate judiciary panel has struggled on how to proceed with Kavanaugh's nomination. The potentially explosive hearing, against a backdrop of the #MeToo movement fighting sexual harassment and assault, comes just weeks before November 6 congressional elections in which Democrats are trying to take control of Congress from Trump's fellow Republicans. To the contrary, Keyser's attorney admitted to CNN that his client was Ford's life-long friend.

The two sides finalized the date and time of the hearing over email.

"We know that allegations of sexual assault are some of the most under-reported crimes that exist", Collins said. "So I thought that the president's tweet was completely inappropriate and wrong".

Lawyers for Ford have strongly opposed having an outside questioner, arguing that it could give the hearing a prosecutorial tone. Before the 2016 presidential election, more than a dozen women accused Trump of making unwanted advances.

"The most powerful man in the world just used his position and platform to attack a sexual assault survivor", she said on Twitter.

Debra Katz has always been a Washington fixture on sexual harassment cases and the #MeToo movement. "They have also refused to invite other witnesses who are essential for a fair hearing that arrives at the truth about the sexual assault".

Friday was the latest in a string of tumultuous days for Kavanaugh, whose ascension to the Supreme Court seemed a sure bet until Ford emerged last weekend and provided details of the alleged assault.

Pence tells a gathering of evangelical activists in Washington that the appeals court judge's record and career deserve "the respect of every member of the United States Senate". "Which means, if that's the new standard, no man will ever qualify for the Supreme Court again".

Ms Ford's lawyers previously said she had "been the target of vicious harassment" in the wake of her claims and was forced to leave her home.

As revealed by both the Washington Post and the New York Times, Ford originally sent a letter to her Representative, Anna Eshoo.