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Female friends defend Kavanaugh against sexual assault allegation”

Christine Blasey Ford, a clinical psychology professor who says she knew Kavanaugh in school, alleges he pinned her down to a bed and attempted to remove her clothes at a high school party more than three decades ago. Feinstein - the ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee - eventually turned the letter over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Kavanaugh was spotted at the White House on Thursday.

The attorney said her client would prefer to wait for the FBI to investigate the accusation before agreeing to testify.

Their allies and opponents are issuing ferocious statements, further electrifying the election season atmosphere.

The Senate Democrats make no mention of death threats that have been received by Kavanagh and his family, which the U.S. Marshals Service is investigating. Ford has demanded that the hearing be scheduled for Thursday, which the source said is still among the things under negotiation.

Trump also made clear his opinion on Ford's claims Friday, tweeting, "if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities".

"I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time and place!" However, Judge's testimony would allow the Committee to determine if Judge is claiming that he is certain Ford's account of events did not happen. Trump has refused to ask for that.

Trump's abrupt change of course put off at least one person he may need to confirm Kavanaugh in the Senate Republicans narrowly control, 51-49.

"This is a lifetime position", she said. But advocates and lawyers say Trump's tweets ignore the reasons many victims do not report sexual assault right away - or even come forward at all.

Jettisoning the relative restraint he's shown on the subject the past several days, POTUS's tweets follow previous night's Vegas rally interview with Fox News's Sean Hannity in which Trump attacked Ford herself for not coming forward with her allegation 36 years ago.

-Monday is too soon.

"The President can pretend like [Ford's] credibility rests on her reporting, but it doesn't", Bruno says.

-She does not want Kavanaugh in the room when she testifies.

An email her lawyers sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee said Ford "would be prepared to testify next week" if the senators offer her "terms that are fair and which ensure her safety".

-Ford would prefer that senators, and not an outside counsel hired by Republicans, question her.

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.

If Ford agrees to appear, it would set the stage for a potentially explosive hearing just weeks before congressional elections that will decide the balance of power in Congress, against a backdrop of the #MeToo movement fighting sexual harassment and assault.

In contrast, four Democrats are women - some with ambitions to challenge Trump in 2020. These are the conditions she is asking for, according to the Senate aides. Democrats were in charge, and the spectacle is widely regarded as a Senate embarrassment.

They specifically criticized Republicans for rushing the process and accused some GOP senators of making up their minds before hearing Blasey Ford out.

"Chrissy is not someone who chooses to be in the spotlight", the letter said. On Friday, they gave her a counteroffer for a Wednesday hearing.

Miranda said staff from the Senate Judiciary Committee had reached out to her, something she was not expecting.

A number of women who say they have known and worked with Kavanaugh throughout his legal career say he has been respectful and fair in dealing with them. Doing so would nearly certainly evoke the panel's handing of Hill and potentially alienate suburban women voters who could decide the elections and control of the House and Senate.



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