Kavanaugh Denies Fresh Harassment Allegations From College Classmate

Kavanaugh accuser’s attorneys iron out details. Here’s when Christine Ford will testify

Christine Ford will testify to the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday morning at 10 a.m. her lawyers said Sunday

She described Kavanaugh as "very outcome driven" and having "an ideological agenda", and appeared to suggest that his hostility toward abortion rights somehow gave credence to Ford's accusation. She has accused him of pinning her to a bed, grinding his body against her and muffling her screams at a teenage gathering in the early 1980s.

When, or whether, such testimony will occur remains unclear.

The allegations in the New Yorker came only minutes before Grassley, released the original letter from Christine Blasey Ford detailing her allegations against Kavanaugh. Another classmate heard about the incident but not the names involved.

On Friday morning, Whelan took to Twitter to apologize for "an appalling and inexcusable mistake".

"Now is a courageous time and a fearless time, too, to finally let your voice be heard", the letter reads. Blasey, who was around 15 at the time of the incident, has said publicly that she did not report it to the authorities, and that she does not recall exactly when it took place.

The full story is at The New Yorker. Some Republicans have said independent counsel should do the questioning, while Ford has requested that senators themselves question her. There are four women on the Judiciary Committee, but all are Democrats. Brian Fallon, the executive director group Demand Justice, which was formed in part to oppose Trump's Supreme Court nominee, said Kavanaugh should remove his name from consideration.

Among the issues still being ironed out are how long senators will have to ask questions, the person said. "Come to us or we to u", he tweeted.

Senator Chris Coons (D-Del), called Trump's comments "unacceptable and beneath the Presidency of the United States".

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Although Democratic committee staff members usually would participate in these negotiations, Democrats are refusing to do so because they believe that the investigation into the allegations should be conducted by the FBI.

As Republicans considered their next move in private talks, they also made it clear they viewed Ford's offer as a way to delay voting on President Donald Trump's pick for the court.

A senior White House official deemed it a stalling tactic and an effort to "push off" the confirmation vote. Republicans can't keep saying that the truth will never be known while rejecting all efforts to get closer to it.

"We were sitting in a circle", she said. But Kavanaugh's backers are so eager to seize a Supreme Court majority that they are perfectly ready to make utterly baseless charges against an innocent person who had nothing to do with any of this.

Privately, Republicans are anxious about the fallout from any testimony that comes from Blasey. They also compared the current controversy to the sexual harassment allegations against Clarence Thomas by Anita Hill in 1991.

The staff wrote in one email that Grassley asked them to convey that "the Committee determines which witnesses to call, how many witnesses to call, in what order to call them, and who will question them".

Blasey's team and Democrats, though, have pushed back hard on that idea. The magazine said numerous people they contacted did not respond to interview requests, others declined to comment or said they did not attend or remember the party. Whelan, a friend of Kavanaugh who is in the thick of the strategizing on his behalf, actually named and posted photographs of one of Kavanaugh's Georgetown Preparatory School classmates as the possible perpetrator. The Post adds, "The choice - the dilemma - will be whether to block the rise of a widely respected judge based on something he might (or might not) have done as a juvenile, or to promote to the highest court a man accused of trying to rape an underage girl".

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