US Supreme Court nominee accuser agrees to testify
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Sep 24, 2018,
Sep 24, 2018, 0:08
The lengthy talks were hampered by a disagreement over who will question Ford at the hearing, according to an email exchange obtained by NPR.
While they will listen to Ford's testimony, their minds are likely made up.
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is accused of sexual assault. Other terms of the public hearing will be negotiated Sunday.
Ford has received death threats while Kavanaugh and his wife also have received threats.
Kavanaugh has denied the allegation and pledged to testify at Monday's hearing.
Judge Kavanaugh has repeatedly denied the allegations.
Ford alleges that Kavanaugh attacked her at a high school party in the 1980s when they were teenagers. "And I think we'll get all our answers next week". Trump broke his silence to cast doubt on Ford's story Friday in ways Republicans had been carefully trying to avoid.
Earlier Saturday, a senior official at the White House said Ford's requests amounted to "a clever way to push off the vote Monday without committing to appear Wednesday". Both spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss private conversations.
Republicans viewed the weeklong back-and-forth negotiations on Ford's various requests as a way to delay voting on President Donald Trump's nominee.
Attorneys Debra Katz, Lisa Banks, and Michael Bromwich have announced that they have reached an agreement with the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding their client's willingness to testify about an alleged sexual assault committed by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
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"I have no knowledge of the party in question; nor do I have any knowledge of the allegations of improper conduct she has leveled against Brett Kavanaugh", his lawyer wrote in a letter, which also included a ringing endorsement of Kavanaugh's nomination.
Earlier Saturday amid the latest deadline standoff Vice President Mike Pence called Kavanaugh "a man of integrity with impeccable credentials".
He said the judge's record and career deserve "the respect of every member of the United States Senate".
Kavanaugh's confirmation hangs in the balance.
Some also criticized CNN's decision to include Sosa and other women in the group without mentioning their involved in Republican politics. Judge Kavanaugh is being nominated to the highest court in our land.
Pence made no reference to Christine Blasey Ford, whose accusations about Kavanaugh's behavior 35 years ago have roiled the confirmation. "Just remember, this Senate Judiciary Committee, the composition is 11 Republicans, 10 Democrats. 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".
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He shrugged off responsibility for the extension onto the Senate's Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer.
"We know that allegations of sexual assault are some of the most under-reported crimes that exist", Collins said. An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Thursday found that 38% of respondents opposed Kavanaugh's nomination, marking the first time since the poll began in 2005 that more Americans opposed a Supreme Court nomination than supported it.
As revealed by both the Washington Post and the New York Times, Ford originally sent a letter to her Representative, Anna Eshoo. Chuck Grassley, the committee chairman, initially wanted to set up a conference call with her and the White House has rejected her demand that the FBI launch an investigation.