Graham: 'Not going to ruin' Kavanaugh over Ford's accusation

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The allegations, which were first reported in the USA media, have delayed his confirmation to the Supreme Court.

U.S. President Donald Trump has defended his Supreme Court nominee and questioned why Ford did not report the incident to police.

A woman who made sexual assault allegations against Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee has agreed to give evidence to the Senate.

The letter says Ford "accepts" the committee's request that in the coming week she would "provide her first-hand knowledge of Brett Kavanaugh's sexual misconduct". That means the new Supreme Court term, which begins on October 1, will likely begin one justice short.

Dr Ford's attorney Debra Katz said, in a letter to the committee today, that her client had accepted the request, but wanted to "continue our negotiations" on the details.

Grassley and Senate Republican leaders were gearing up to muscle Kavanaugh's confirmation through without hearing from the accuser, until her lawyers on Thursday began negotiations for the hearing.

"She should decide so we can move on".

"I think her requests have been reasonable", Durbin, a member of the committee, said on ABC's "This Week." What do you expect me to do? "It's not my normal approach to b indecisive", the Iowa senator wrote.

Ford's attorneys say they are still negotiating "a number of important procedural and logistical issues".

"Your cavalier treatment of a sexual assault survivor who has been doing her best to cooperate with the Committee is completely inappropriate", Katz added.

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But holding onto Kavanaugh's nomination and going through an investigation is a political risk for Republicans. The Judiciary Committee was previously scheduled to vote on Kavanaugh last week, but delayed the vote because of Ford's accusations.

"The White House sees this as not an acceptance".

"I will listen if she does". Ford alleges that Kavanaugh trapped her in a bedroom, groped her and tried to pull her clothes off. Kavanaugh has categorically denied the allegation.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said in a statement that he will support Ford's "steadfast bravery against the arbitrary, unfair, irrational constraints set by Chairman Grassley". "I'm shocked and appalled by the Republicans' refusal to wait 24 hours for a hearing and instead rush forward with a vote on Monday". In other words, there's no real agreement yet since we've heard this story before. "So I thought that the president's tweet was completely inappropriate and wrong".

With more than thirty-five years having gone by, one might understandably forgive Ms. Ford if she couldn't remember the identities of the other boys downstairs, particularly if they hadn't kept in touch over the decades.

Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand called Friday's comments a "vile attack". "This is the same man who has been credibly accused of more than a dozen cases of sexual assault or harassment".

It was not immediately clear whether the Republican-run Senate Judiciary Committee would agree to more talks with Ford's team. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, also renewed her call for an FBI investigation and said other witnesses should be able to testify. Her request for security comes after her lawyers said she has relocated her family due to death threats.

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McConnell's goal has been to confirm Kavanaugh by 1 October, the start of the Supreme Court term.

Ford also identified another Georgetown Prep student by his initials "PJ", and later Patrick J. Smyth, a fellow 1983 grad of the North Bethesda, Maryland all-boys school, came forward to respond to Ford's charge.

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