Senate Republicans to propose Wednesday hearing for Kavanaugh, accuser

Trump Defends Supreme Court Nominee as Accuser Faces Deadline

Trump Defends Supreme Court Nominee as Accuser Faces Deadline

"Since the moment I first heard the allegation", he said in a statement on Thursday, "I have categorically and unequivocally denied it".

In a quick session with reporters at the Values Voter Summit on Friday, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said that if Democrats were to succeed in delaying the vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh until the midterm elections in November, that would help Republicans win elections.

The timetable brought cries of protest from Democrats, who have called on the FBI to investigate the allegations made by Christine Blasey Ford, a professor from California, and to expand the number of witnesses who would be called beyond Ford and Kavanaugh.

The Judiciary Committee reportedly also has volunteered to send investigators to Palo Alto, Calif., where Ford lives, to talk with her there outside the view of TV cameras. In a letter of his own, Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley declined to postpone, arguing that it was the responsibility of the committee, not the FBI, to investigate the allegation, and that hearing her testimony was a crucial step in that process that should not be delayed. In their final offer letter, Republican Judiciary Committee staff called this demand in a particular "an affront to fundamental notions of due process".

"You want a Supreme Court justice to be the arbiter of fairness and good behavior and good morality", he said.

"Let it play out", Trump said.

Cornyn said Thursday that he sees no reason to call additional witnesses, noting that the committee already held a full hearing on President Trump's nominee.

Following the president's controversial comments, the hashtag #WhyIDidntReport began trending on Twitter, with thousands sharing personal stories of sexual harassment and assault. Dozens of women who support Kavanaugh held a Washington news conference Friday.

When this drama started, Ford was presented as just a regular person who just wanted a chance to tell her story. But they've delayed it a week.

Kavanaugh has repeatedly agreed to testify before the Republican-led Senate Judiciary Committee, saying he wants to clear his name.

What was Prof Ford's account?

It would have been a matter for local Montgomery County law enforcement to look into, but Blasey Ford opted against going to the police.

She told the newspaper that she discussed the alleged assault in 2012 when she attended couples therapy with her husband.

She told a senior Democratic lawmaker of her allegation in a confidential letter this summer and only consented to be named after it was leaked. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., in which she raised her allegations against Kavanaugh.

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What does the committee say?

Thus, my guess is that Grassley will give Ford another day and that she will respond on Saturday either with another counter-proposal or an agreement to Grassley's terms.

Katz said the deadline was "arbitrarily imposed".

There are problems with at least three of the requests.

"I'm extending the deadline for response yet again to 10 o'clock this evening".

He called the allegation against Judge Kavanaugh "a drive-by shooting".

Trump spent most of the week unusually restrained and heeding the tone set publicly by counselor Kellyanne Conway.

With Christine Ford's lawyers explaining that she needed more time to consider Grassley's counteroffer because she spent the day speaking with the Federal Bureau of Investigation about death threats she has received, Grassley replied via Twitter.

Fox News said it had obtained emails showing graphic and violent threats to Ashley Kavanaugh, who married the judge in 2004.

Supporters of both Kavanaugh and Ford have been lining up to vouch for their side.

Trump began his Friday morning with a Twitter eruption from Las Vegas, where he had spent the night after a political rally.

One of those in attendance was Maura Fitzgerald, who dated him while he was in college.

"Chrissy is not someone who chooses to be in the spotlight", the letter said.

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