Kavanaugh accuser looks to negotiate conditions to testify later next week

Accuser of Trump's high court nominee willing to testify email

Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh leaves his home September 19, 2018 in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Senate Republicans vowed Thursday to press forward with a vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh if the woman who has accused him of sexual assault declines to testify at a hearing planned for Monday.

Whether Kavanaugh and Ford testify under oath, and to what details, has enormous stakes for President Donald Trump and the November 6 midterm elections - not to mention American men, women, teenagers, parents, schools and anyone who rises to the top of a profession in the #MeToo era.

Christine Blasey Ford, a psychology professor at Palo Alto University in California, has been given a Friday deadline to decide whether to testify at a Judiciary Committee hearing planned for Monday, but Republican lawmakers and Ford remained locked in a high-stakes standoff over whether she will appear.

"Many of us heard about it in school and Christine's recollection should be more than enough for us to truly, deeply know that the accusation is true", she wrote. Democrats have also called for an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe as a prerequisite to Ford's appearance, a request that only the White House can make but is unlikely to do so.

Ford has not been seen publicly for several days. She was terrified, she said, that she would be in trouble if her parents realized she had been at a party where teenagers were drinking, and she anxious they might figure it out even if she did not tell them.

Dianne Feinstein Wednesday evening, the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman said accuser Christine Blasey Ford has had plenty of time to prepare testimony about Kavanaugh's alleged assault. They say she can testify in a private session if she wishes.

The development further roiled a confirmation process that once seemed smooth for Kavanaugh, whose confirmation to the lifetime post could consolidate the conservative grip on the top USA court.

"A hearing on Monday is not possible and the Committee's insistence that it occur then is arbitrary in any event", Katz said in the email.

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He said the normal process for digesting late-breaking information would involve phone calls with "at least" Kavanaugh and Ford. In a statement earlier on Monday, Kavanaugh called the allegation by Ford, who is a college professor, "completely false".

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I made a mistake and now I need to pay". "Michel was involved and the team, which is responsible, and I am responsible". The head coach added: "Of course he's the first that regrets everything, and all that happened yesterday is not good".

Both Ford and Kavanaugh have been invited to testify before the committee.

Although her attorney first said she would appear, Blasey Ford now wants an FBI investigation of the allegations before she testifies.

Ford's other attorney, Lisa Banks, also wrote a letter to the committee saying that her client had been the subject of "vicious harassment", including death threats.

"One is we have a responsibility to hear her out", Grassley said.

But Thursday, Miranda contradicted her earlier claim, telling NPR, "That it happened or not, I have no idea". She says she feared for her life as Kavanaugh tried to rip her clothes off, groped her and pressed his hand against her mouth to keep her from screaming.

Ms. Collins, a key vote on the nomination decision, has voiced her concern about Ms. Ford's allegations.

However, Ford believes, as do Democrats like Hillary Clinton, that an FBI investigation is a necessary precursor to her appearance (even as Fox News reports that won't happen, because this is a "political" matter).

What are Republicans hiding about Kavanaugh?

Mike Davis, the chief counsel for Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, tweeted late Wednesday that he had personally interviewed Kavanaugh as part of the committee's review but was "still waiting" for Ford's lawyers to get back to him.

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