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Brett Kavanaugh: Judge accuser agrees to testify next week

Brett Kavanaugh: Judge accuser agrees to testify next week”

According to emails made public between Blasey's lawyers and the committee's counsel, Ford accepted the Senate Judiciary Committee's request to testify, but details of the agreement are still pending.

"Despite actual threats to her safety and her life, Dr. Ford believes it is important for senators to hear directly from her about the sexual assault committed against her", the lawyers' statement reads. "She will be respectfully treated".

Mr Grassley had set a Friday night deadline for Ms Ford to agree to the committee's latest terms for her appearance.

Ford's credibility problem was highlighted Saturday when The Washington Post reported that she said Leland Keyser, a lifelong friend, was present at the party.

"She has agreed to move forward with a hearing even though the committee has refused to subpoena Mark Judge", it said. Yet they remained "hopeful that we can reach agreement on details".

Lawyer Michael Bromwich has joined Katz's legal team. In tweet Friday, Trump broke his silence to cast doubt on Ford's story in ways Republicans had been carefully trying to avoid. "In the event that we can come to a reasonable resolution as I've been seeking all week, then I will postpone the committee vote to accommodate her testimony". Ford told the Washington Post that Kavanaugh groped her, attempted to remove her bathing suit and held his hand over her mouth when she tried to scream. You'll also recall that the letter from her therapist mistakenly claimed (according to the therapist) that they had incorrectly recorded Ford recounting being attacked by four boys.

Republicans said they would accommodate several of Ford's requests, including ensuring that she had adequate security at the Capitol and that Kavanaugh would not be in the room when she speaks.

"I'm not going to answer that", Kavanaugh said at one point according to a senior White House official, who said that the questions were created to go over the line and that he struck the right tone. Kavanaugh, who has vigorously denied the allegations, has repeatedly expressed his desire to testify.

It emerged Prof Ford had detailed the alleged assault in a confidential letter to the top Democratic senator on the judiciary committee, Dianne Feinstein, in July.

With Kavanaugh's nomination hanging in the balance, and a poll showing he is the least popular supreme court nominee for more than 30 years, Trump waded into the row by impugning Ford's credibility.

The White House response shows a fresh willingness to attack Ford, coming after a series of critical comments from President Donald Trump the day before about her credibility.

Trump's searing reproach defied the Senate Republican strategy, and the advice of White House aides, of not disparaging Ford while firmly defending his nominee and the tight timetable for confirming him.

A conservative strategist and defender of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh apologized Friday for making "an appalling and inexcusable mistake" when he claimed Thursday that Kavanaugh's accuser had misidentified her alleged assailant as Kavanaugh.

Grassley also complained about not having heard from Ford regarding her potential Senate testimony.



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