Kavanaugh's accuser makes more demands for testimony agreement

Brett Kavanaugh during the confirmation hearings.  Reuters

Brett Kavanaugh during the confirmation hearings. Reuters

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reassured Republicans that Judge Brett KavanaughPresident Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick now facing a sexual assault accusation ― will soon take his place on the highest court in the nation.

Christine Blasey Ford is making more demands before she will agree to testify about her claim that she was sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh more than 35 years ago.

After almost a week of unexpected restraint, President Trump finally went after the woman who has accused his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault. [Attorney Debra Katz] has discussed Ford's allegations in numerous media interviews and said on TV Monday morning that Dr. Ford wants to share her account with the Senate Judiciary Committee. Apparently, this additional evidence has had the opposite effect on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The Senate Judiciary Committee vote on Judge Kavanaugh had originally been scheduled for Thursday of this week.

Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley welcomed Prof Ford's offer. It wasn't until the media outed her that she made a decision to come forward. Before the assault allegation, supporting Kavanaugh had offered them a chance to side with Trump, who remains popular in numerous red states, while showing independence from their own party.

She said she is willing to testify at earliest on Thursday.

According to USA media reports, attorney Debra Katz said in an email to the Judiciary Committee that Ford wishes to testify "provided that we can agree on terms that are fair and which ensure her safety". "The president is defending his nomination to the United States Supreme Court as a man of character, integrity, impeccable academic and judicial qualifications", Conway said when asked about the President's measured response to the allegations. The bureau then sent it to the White House to be added Kavanaugh's background check file. That means asking questions of a nominee for the Supreme Court who has been credibly accused of sexual assault.

"But I can only say this: He's such an outstanding man - very hard for me to imagine that anything happened", Trump said. Ford has said Judge witnessed the alleged assault.

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"We reserve the option to have female staff attorneys, who are sensitive to the particulars of Dr. Ford's allegations and are experienced investigators, question both witnesses", the letter said.

Her office released an audio recording to Politico in which she said: "I was appalled by the president's tweet".

She doesn't want Kavanaugh to be in the room when she is.

It could also threaten Mr Kavanaugh's support with several Republicans - including Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Jeff Flake of Arizona - who have not declared their stances on his nomination.

Fellow Republican Susan Collins of ME said she hoped Prof Ford would "reconsider and testify" on Monday. "I think it derailed me substantially for four or five years", she told the Post. He seems open to pushing back Monday's hearing date, as Ford's lawyers say she's busy coping with death threats.

Thursday's development came on the eve of a Republican-set deadline for Prof Ford to decide whether she would give evidence.

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

Democrats face their own complications, as senators from Trump-won states - Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota, Joe Donnelly in IN and Joe Manchin in West Virginia - have yet to decide how they'll vote. Kavanaugh's confirmation to the lifetime position would be the second of the Trump administration and solidify conservative control of the nation's top court.

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