Kavanaugh accuser Christine Ford opens door to testifying next week

Kavanaugh accuser Christine Ford opens door to testifying next week

Kavanaugh's confirmation would solidify conservative control of the Supreme Court and further Trump's goal of moving the high court and the broader federal judiciary to the right. But Ford said through her lawyers that she did not want to testify before the FBI investigates her allegation.

Senate Republicans have been clamoring to get Ford in front of the committee before lawmakers vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court.

A little more than a week later, a California professor named Christine Blasey Ford contended that at a house party in the 1980s, a drunken, 17 year-old Kavanaugh tried undressing her and muffling her cries on a bed before she fled.

"I have never done anything like what the accuser describes - to her or to anyone", Kavanaugh said on Monday. Both Kavanaugh and Ford are invited to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee at a hearing on Monday, but Ford has called for the FBI to investigate the matter before she testifies.

Judge's lawyer said in a letter to the committee on Tuesday that Judge did not recall the incident and did not wish to testify. The Senate judiciary committee hearings that featured her testimony made headlines for days.

Gillibrand says it's "bullying" for Republicans to say Ford must show up Monday or not at all.

For now, the ball is the committee's to play, but precedent and some key numbers put the GOP majority in an exquisitely uncomfortable spot. Of the Republican senators who expressed concern over proceeding to confirm the judge without hearing from Ford, including Sen.

Eleven Republicans sit on the Senate Committee, opposite 10 Democrats. "It's all about who will help who the most". The FBI has said it is not investigating, a decision backed by Republicans.

Of the Senate women, six are Republicans.

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They are Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Joni Ernst of Iowa, Deb Fischer of Nebraska, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia and Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi. But he added that Kavanaugh "is such an outstanding man". John Cornyn, R-Texas, said. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said in a statement Wednesday. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii held a news conference Thursday with alumnae from the Holton-Arms School.

"We work really hard to get elected", Hirono said. Dr. Ford has asked me to let you know that she appreciates the various options you have suggested.

Questions around Kavanaugh's record, including his views on whether presidents can be criminally indicted while in office, have also swirled around his confirmation hearings.

The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a Monday hearing with Ford and Kavanaugh.

Kavanaugh is accused of sexually assaulting Christine Blasey Ford decades ago when the two were in high school.

"Since the moment I first heard the allegation", he said in a statement on Thursday, "I have categorically and unequivocally denied it". Dianne Feinstein threw at Kavanaugh - the last minute claim of sexual assault 36 years ago.

The controversy hands Senate Democrats considering challenging Trump in 2020 a rich opportunity, and they're taking it.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a New York Democrat, said at the event: "Someone who is lying does not ask the FBI to investigate their claims".

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