Kavanaugh Accuser Christine Blasey Ford Willing to Testify Next Week

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Judge Kavanaugh has issued a fresh rebuttal of the allegation. "I remain committed to defending my integrity". Ford alleges Judge Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her more than 30 years ago when they were teenagers.

The accusation has jarred the 53-year-old conservative jurist's prospects for winning confirmation, which until Ford's emergence last week had seemed all but certain.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, declined an earlier request by Ford to have the FBI investigate her allegation against Kavanaugh.The FBI has included the allegation in Kavanaugh's background file, and is not opening any additional probe at this time, although the president could theoretically direct the FBI to undertake a further review.

In the call later Thursday, Katz asked the committee to subpoena Mark Judge, whom Ford has named as the other teen in the room at the time. Judge has told the committee he does not recall the incident and does not want to speak publicly. But Democrats and Ford's attorneys pressed Grassley to first agree to an FBI investigation of the alleged incident and to invite other witnesses to appear at any public hearing.

A source told the website: 'Hopefully he can keep it together until Monday.

Ford also asked that only one camera be allowed in the room, and that she only be questioned by members of the committee - not outside counsel.

It is possible Ford will be open to testifying sometime next week about the allegation, though the conditions under which she would do so have not yet been determined.

But it's a game for Ford's lawyers.

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Ford's lawyers had said on Tuesday she would testify only if the FBI first investigated her allegation.

Ford is willing to tell her story to the Judiciary Committee, whose senators will vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation - but only if agreement can be reached on what her attorney called "terms that are fair and which ensure her safety".

In the new email, Katz said Ford's "strong preference continues to be for the Senate Judiciary Committee to allow for a full investigation prior to her testimony". He has said he offered a private hearing and other options for her to testify.

Correction: A previous version of this post stated that Ford had agreed to testify on Monday.

Gregg Re is an editor for Fox News. Susan Collins of ME and Jeff Flake of Arizona - said that unless Ford testified Monday they would move on to Kavanagh's vote. But I don't think you can delay it any longer. Trump continued. "They've delayed it a week and they have to get on with it".

And given Republicans' Senate majority - and the unity emerging behind Kavanaugh - that meant he was nearly certainly going to be confirmed to the Court.

Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski came under increasing pressure over the vote on Thursday, after her state's Independent governor announced his opposition to Kavanaugh.

"We believe that Chrissy has acted bravely by voicing her experience from the past, and we know how hard this is for her. Chrissy is not someone who chooses to be in the spotlight", the letter said.

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