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Sen. Grassley Sets Deadline for Kavanaugh Accuser to Respond to Testimony Request

21 September 2018
Sen. Grassley Sets Deadline for Kavanaugh Accuser to Respond to Testimony Request

Blasey Ford has been reluctant to testify since she came forward on Sunday with her allegation, which threatened to derail the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh for the US Supreme Court.

The president has indicated he wants Ford to testify, saying, "I really want to see her, to see what she has to say". Whether Democrats might have been so frantic to stop Kavanaugh that they would have forced Ford's name into print if she had declined to speak up this past weekend is a fascinating what-if.

U.S. Capitol Police said 56 protesters were arrested in Senate office buildings during demonstrations against Kavanaugh.

Christine Blasey Ford's attorney said in an email to the committee it wouldn't be possible for her to testify at the hearing set for Monday (Sept 24), according to the Times. He also offered to have Ford interviewed privately if she prefers, and to send staff to California to do so.

11 Republicans sit on the committee, opposite 10 Democrats.

The tone was a more forceful admission of the GOP's push to confirm Kavanaugh with or without Ford's testimony.

Of the Senate women, six are Republicans.

However, late on Tuesday Flake and Corker indicated that they would hold a vote next week if Ford declines an invitation from Sen.

Only Fischer and Hyde-Smith are on the ballot this year. A letter detailing Ford's claims was in Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein's (D-CA) possession during the entirety of Kavanaugh's original hearing and for several weeks before. She knew that her testimony would be demanded after the story appeared and that it'd look very bad if she refused to provide it.

Why did you make that decision? Very hard for me to imagine that anything happened'.

Some Republicans pointed to the decades between the alleged attack and now.

Hirono's public ascent has also come amid health troubles, as she announced past year that she had been diagnosed with kidney cancer. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said in a statement Wednesday.

This comes from Sen.

"Guess who is perpetrating all of these kinds of actions?" She says they want a "he said, she said" scenario because men are usually believed. "Do the right thing, for a change". Kavanaugh has called Ford's allegation "completely false".

Hirono's outrage - and her commitment to holding male nominees accountable - has a deep history.

For the sake of a fake timeline, Republicans are railroading Dr. Ford into a sham hearing meant to smear her character and dismiss her allegations.

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. Dianne Feinstein of California last week that Feinstein had known about the case for weeks and referred it to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"Dr. Ford was reluctantly thrust into the public spotlight only two days ago". Kavanaugh has denied Ford's allegations.

"We already had a hearing", Cornyn said.

The controversy hands Senate Democrats considering challenging Trump in 2020 a rich opportunity, and they're taking it. McConnell responded affirmatively when asked if he had confidence that Kavanaugh would be confirmed, telling CNN, "Oh yeah". A graduate of Georgetown Preparatory School in Bethesda, Maryland, he said three of his classmates and close friends graduated from the law school.

"What happens at Georgetown Prep stays at Georgetown Prep", Kavanaugh said, describing the philosophy.