Published: Sat, September 22, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

US Senate's Grassley sets Saturday deadline for Kavanaugh accuser

US Senate's Grassley sets Saturday deadline for Kavanaugh accuser

A high-stakes brinkmanship over whether Brett Kavanaugh's accuser would testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee came to a momentary standstill as GOP Chairman Chuck Grassley gave Christine Blasey Ford more time to decide on the terms of her appearance.

Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) that Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her when she was 15 and he was 17; on Sunday, Christine Blasey Ford came forward to say she wrote the letter. "Your cavalier treatment of a sexual assault survivor who has been doing her best to cooperate with the Committee is completely inappropriate".

Ford's attorney said Ford would like to testify first, but that might be complicated because Kavanaugh has already agreed to Monday's scheduled hearing. Because of that, it had become unclear whether Republicans would even hold the hearing.

Mr Kavanaugh was seen at the White House on Thursday.

This counteroffer reportedly requires Prof Ford to testify before Judge Kavanaugh, which goes against one of her conditions.

As a result of these kind of threats, her family was forced to relocate out of their home.

Late on Friday, an exasperated Grassley granted Ford's request for an extension to decide whether she will testify.

The President previously had avoided naming Professor Ford or plainly casting doubt on her account. "I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place", Trump tweeted.

"We are happy that Dr Ford's attorneys are now engaging with the Committee", his spokesperson told U.S. media.

So will Grassley ask Trump to bring the Federal Bureau of Investigation back in now?

He added: "I can only say this, he is such an outstanding man, very hard for me to imagine that anything happened".

"Here's what I want to tell you", McConnell said Friday morning, according to The Washington Post. Regardless of what the facts of this case prove to be, we know that the crime of sexual assault is one of the most underreported crimes in our country. Kavanaugh denies the allegation.

-Monday is too soon.

It was only because he was drunk that he did not rape her, her lawyer said.

"Judge Brett Kavanaugh is a fine man, with an impeccable reputation, who is under assault by radical left wing politicians who don't want to know the answers, they just want to destroy and delay", Trump wrote.

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

The GOP is defending House and Senate majorities in the election, and though Trump is not on the ballot November 6, the contest is widely considered a referendum on his stewardship. Before the 2016 presidential election, more than a dozen women accused Trump of making unwanted advances.

Inside the Senate, split 51-49, only six Republicans are women. "The host of that party added his name to this letter to the Judiciary Committee attesting to Kavanaugh's character".

In contrast, four Democrats are women - some with ambitions to challenge Trump in 2020.

The professor said since she made the claims she has "been the target of vicious harassment". Democrats were in charge, and the spectacle is widely regarded as a Senate embarrassment.

She continued: "She wishes to testify, provided that we can agree on terms that are fair and which ensure her safety". Biden, who chaired the Thomas hearing and is considering running for president, said he regrets the way Hill was treated.

On Thursday, Ford lawyers told the Judiciary Committee that her preference is to testify to the panel next Thursday. They've offered to hear her in public or private. The answers people in this case might give to FBI investigators could be suggestive in terms of what they say they remember, what they deny and what level of detail they are willing to volunteer - mindful about the potential penalty for lying.

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