Trump attacks credibility of Kavanaugh sex accuser

Ford Willing to Testify With Restrictions Next Thursday

Doctor Christine Blasey Ford, a professor in California, has claimed Judge Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her more than 30 years ago when they were teenagers, something he vehemently denies.

Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee are willing to meet some but not all of Christine Blasey Ford's conditions in order for her to testify next week about her allegation of sexual assault in the 1980s by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.

CNN reports that Ford will speak to the Federal Bureau of Investigation today about the death threats she's received since going public with her claims about the aspiring Supreme Court justice.

Committee Republicans have planned for only Kavanaugh and Ford to testify, but Democrats want other witnesses, too.

In a recent interview, Ford claimed that Mark Judge, a close friend of Kavanaugh's, was an eye witness to the sexual assault.

CBS News has obtained the email sent by Ford's attorneys Thursday night to the Judiciary Committee after their call.

A petition backing Prof Ford, signed by more than 1,000 alumnae from Holton-Arms, her former Maryland high school, was delivered on Thursday to two Democratic women senators.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaking to conservative activists at the Value Voters Summit in Washington on Friday morning, expressed confidence Kavanaugh would be confirmed.

Senate Republicans proposed moving the hearing from Monday to Wednesday, a day earlier than Ford requested, Politico reported.

Republicans have pressured Ford to testify at a hearing this Monday, a session at which Kavanaugh has already said he'd appear.

Kavanaugh has denied the allegation and said he would testify to that under oath.

Ford does not want Kavanaugh in the room when she testifies and her team does not want an outside questioner on the Republican side to be brought in, a source in Ford's camp tells NPR's Nina Totenberg.

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Republicans can confirm Kavanaugh without any votes from Democrats but given that Republicans control 51 seats to Democrats' 49, Kavanaugh's supporters have barely any room for GOP "no" votes.

For their part, Democrats say Republicans are mounting an unseemly rush to get Kavanaugh into the nine-member Supreme Court while they still control the legislature.

Ford's lawyers are rejecting pressure for her to testify early next week, resulting in a drawn-out negotiation over the timing of what promises to be an explosive piece of political theater.

The choice of a new justice for the Supreme Court is pivotal, as it often gives the final word on highly contentious laws and its nine judges have an vast impact on United States public life.

Grassley declined an earlier request by Ford to have the FBI investigate her allegation against Kavanaugh. The Republicans have manufactured a "he said / she said" standoff and are using their own handiwork to make good on a promise to stack the Supreme Court with conservative judges.

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

"Dr. Ford has asked me to let you know that she appreciates the various options you have suggested", Katz wrote. They left the seat vacant for a record 422 days, while now pushing to confirm Kavanaugh before the court sits on October 1 - a month before the party's political fortunes could change in the midterm elections.

"You would hope that there would be a clear-minded, honest journalist who could go and look at this and say: Alright, we need to actually look at what we can find out. Because this never happened, I had no idea who was making this accusation until she identified herself yesterday", Kavanaugh said Monday.

"Chairman Grassley's staff had a call with Dr. Ford's attorneys today to discuss receiving her testimony in the Judiciary Committee, and will consult with his colleagues on the committee".

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

Gillibrand also argued that Ford's call for an FBI investigation bolstered her credibility.

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