Time running out for Kavanaugh accuser to talk, say Republicans

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Christine Blasey Ford's legal team has asked the Senate Judiciary Committee to agree to certain terms before she sits down for a potential interview over her accusation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her, two sources told Fox News on Thursday night.

President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nomination Brett Kavanaugh found himself at the focus of an increasing scandal this week as sexual allegations from his high school days have hit the headlines, adding what some will see as yet just another flaw to the history of the controversial nominee. Now, Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley has responded, telling Ford's attorneys in a letter of his own that he is willing to make the hearing private, but not to delay it past September 24. Kavanaugh then allegedly locked the door, put on loud music to muffle any sounds, and reportedly attempted to remove Ford's clothing.

In their letter to Grassley, the Judiciary Committee chairman, Ford's lawyers have said that she is willing to "cooperate" with the panel.

Alumna Alexis Goldstein says word of the letter spread through social media and personal networks.

Several women came forward and accused Moore of engaging in sexual misconduct with them when they were teenagers ahead of his election before losing to Democrat Doug Jones past year. The Senate GOP proposed that the committee hear from both Judge Kavanaugh and Dr. Ford in the interest of due process and transparency for the public. But, they wrote, her life had been "turned upside down" since she went public with her allegations.

"As you are aware, she has been receiving death threats, which have been reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and she and her family have been forced out of their home", the email said. It said she came forward as an "act of civic duty".

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Kavanaugh said "no" to both questions at his confirmation hearing earlier this month. And that is bad news for Kavanaugh's chances at confirmation. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said requiring an FBI investigation of a 36-year-old allegation "is not about finding the truth, but delaying the process till after the midterm elections".

Specifically, Collins told a ME radio station that she believes in the Senate's responsibility to vet nominees for high offices like the Supreme Court position for which Kavanaugh has been nominated.

"We won't know if we don't try", she said. But Tuesday, she began insisting on an FBI investigation of her allegations and said other witnesses should also participate a hearing. The email did not say any option was preferred. They fear that without a shared set of facts, Republicans would simply move quickly after the testimony to confirm Kavanaugh.

It's unclear whether that would change after Ford's attorneys spoke with the committee. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., said she considered the Republican ultimatum of a Monday hearing to be "bullying".

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has been accused of sexual misconduct by Christine Blasey Ford while the two were in high school.

Ford has contended that at a house party in Washington's Maryland suburbs, a drunken Kavanaugh tried undressing her and stifling her cries on a bed before she fled.

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