Kavanaugh accuser to testify before Senate on Thursday

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Joshua Roberts Reuters

After days of relative restraint, Trump lashed at Ford on Friday, questioning the credibility of her allegations, and in doing so may already have hurt his nominee's chances with a senator from his own party.

The correspondence reveals the behind-the-scenes work of the Republican-led committee as it attempts to investigate Ford's accusations, even though it could affect the outcome of Kavanaugh's appointment to the nation's highest court.

Mr Kavanaugh, 53, an appellate court judge, has denied Ms Ford's allegation and said he wanted to testify as soon as possible to clear his name.

A second claim of sexual misconduct against US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanuagh has emerged days before a hearing into a woman's claim he sexually assaulted her as a teenager.

Graham said there's no way Kavanaugh could be prosecuted based on the evidence presented so far. Unfortunately for Ford's story, Keyser released a statement saying that she's never met Kavanaugh and, like everyone else listed as party attendees, has no recollection of any such party.

In the emails, which were made public by Judiciary Committee Republicans, Mike Davis, the committee's chief counsel for nominations, wrote today that four requests from Ford's lawyers regarding witnesses and who will question them are "non-negotiable" and will not be met.

Ford's attorney, Debbie Katz, said it wasn't surprising that someone wouldn't remember events at a party from 30 years ago.

On Friday, Grassley turned down Ford's request that only senators, not attorneys, be allowed to ask questions. "What in the hell did she have to gain by doing this?"

"There is no legitimate basis for you to continue blocking the FBI from investigating this important matter", they wrote.

The tentative deal capped a day of frenetic developments, with time running out for Trump to get his hand-picked conservative judge confirmed - thereby tilting the Supreme Court firmly to the right for years to come - before November elections when Republicans risk losing control of Congress.

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"Most Americans, for example, recall vividly where they were and what they were doing the moment they first learned of the 9/11 terrorist attacks."
She said she clearly remembers the judge, then a teenager, pulling up his trousers after a penis was thrust in her face during a drinking game.

'I thought he might inadvertently kill me, ' she told the Washington Post.

The lawyers said they made "important progress" in a morning call with Senate Judiciary Committee staff members and agreed to the hearing even though the committee refused to subpoena Mark Judge, who Ford said witnessed the attack at a high school party, as well as others who she said were present.

Attorneys Debra Katz and Lisa Banks said that many aspects of Grassley's latest offer were "fundamentally inconsistent" with the committee's promise of a "fair, impartial investigation".

Before President Trump's nominee can be approved for the vacant seat on the United States top court, he has to be approved by the 20-person Senate Judiciary Committee and then the whole Senate. In addition, the New Yorker claims, some Republicans in the Senate were also informed about the new accusations.

"Judge Kavanaugh would be forced [to] answer about a Washington Post article detailing allegations, not the words of his accuser. I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!" And others voiced support for Ramirez's integrity, according to The New Yorker.

Smyth, Keyser, and Judge have denied Ford's allegation in letters to the committee under the penalty of felony perjury.

Christine Blasey Ford's legal team announced Sunday that she is "committed to moving forward with an open hearing on Thursady" before the Senate Judiciary Committee, despite several obstacles.

That response seemed a setback to Ford supporters' efforts to corroborate her claim. Republican committee staff and Ford's lawyers had reached a stalemate in negotiations over the details of the testimony.

Kavanaugh's confirmation appears to turn mostly on the support or opposition of three Republican senators: Jeff Flake of Arizona, who is on the Judiciary panel that Republicans control 11-10; Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

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