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Before accuser testifies, McConnell predicts Kavanaugh will be confirmed

Before accuser testifies, McConnell predicts Kavanaugh will be confirmed”

Trump's tweets are more aggressive than his previous statements about Professor Ford, though he has publicly doubted her claims that Kavanaugh allegedly tried to drunkenly rape her when they were in high school in the 1980s.

"I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!"

Republicans fear if the nomination is delayed any further, it could be endangered by a possible Democratic sweep of the looming congressional midterm elections in seven weeks.

Trump himself has already cast doubt on Blasey Ford's account, saying that Kavanaugh has not been treated fairly.

Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley has scheduled a hearing for Monday morning, and he and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have indicated Monday would be Ford's only chance to make her case. Apparently, this additional evidence has had the opposite effect on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Other requests include Ford and Kavanaugh never being in the same room and Kavanaugh testifying first. "They will be pro-family", said McConnell.

Taylor Foy, spokesman for Grassley, said: "We are happy that Dr. Ford's attorneys are now engaging with the Committee".

"Someone who is lying does not ask the FBI to investigate their claims, " Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Democrat of NY, said Thursday at an event on Capitol Hill.

He has categorically denied her allegations, which suddenly put Kavanaugh's nomination on hold, as lawmakers seek answers.

Chuck Grassley, the committee's Republican chairman, on Wednesday sent a letter to Ford's lawyers giving her until 10am (14:00 GMT) on Friday to submit prepared testimony if she meant to show up on Monday.

Ford went public with her accusation over the weekend in a Washington Post interview and said Monday through her lawyer that she was ready to testify.

"So we'll let it play out", the president said again.

President Donald Trump has challenged the woman who has accused his Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault, demanding she provide evidence.

In July, Ford sent a letter to the ranking member of the Judiciary Committee, Sen.

She made it clear in the Post that she had told no-one of the incident in any detail until 2012 when she attended couples therapy with her husband. Kavanaugh and his wife also had received threats, a senior White House official said. Sherlock Whelan described this man as a "good friend" of Judge's, produced side-by-side photos of Kavanaugh and the man, and said people "have commented on how much they resembled each other in appearance".

"She wishes to testify, provided that we can agree on terms that are fair and which ensure her safety", Deborah Katz, Ford's lawyer says in an email to committee aides first reported in the New York Times and confirmed by NPR.

Ford dismissed Whelan's theory in a statement late Thursday: "I knew them both, and socialized with" them, Ford said, adding that she had once visited the other classmate in the hospital.

Ford and Kavanaugh have been invited to testify Monday before the Judiciary panel.

They argue they've given every opportunity for Ford to get her story directly to the Judiciary Committee without the involvement of the Federal Bureau of Investigation - either to committee staffers or to members.

What is perplexing about the spectacle that will continue into next week's hearings is that President Trump has a whole list of Federalist Society approved Supreme Court candidates who all see the world through their lens.



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