Chuck Grassley: Kavanaugh accuser has not yet agreed to testify

"And I'm going to be respectful, and I hope my colleagues will be too".

Meanwhile, Republicans are suggesting that Ford, whose allegations have upended Kavanaugh's nomination - the committee's vote was already pushed from Thursday to likely next week - will have one chance to testify, and one chance only.

Prior to the letter from Ford's attorneys, lawmakers were left in limbo after multiple messages for Ford to appear in a public hearing went unanswered.

Grassley said details about how the hearing would be conducted had not been worked out, including parameters for panel members posing questions or the possibility that committee Republicans could choose a single questioner.

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Days earlier Kavanaugh had seemed on track for quick approval.

The administration is gearing up for a counteroffensive, a White House official said.

In her must-read recap of how alleged sexual assaults are prosecuted, The Washington Post's Deanna Paul quotes a former district attorney saying she doesn't like calling these cases "he said, she saids".

Kavanaugh has said that he is willing to testify on this matter "if the Senate is willing to hear him", according to White House spokesman Raj Shah. "There are gaps in her memory". But Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen.

Republicans, some of whom see the allegations as a stalling tactic by Democrats to thwart Kavanaugh's confirmation, have been pushing to confirm him before November's midterm elections, when they could lose their 51-49 majority control of the Senate. She also criticized men's reactions to Ford's allegations, implicitly attacking the Republican men on the Judiciary Committee.

Feinstein has said that she wants to postpone the hearing until a full FBI investigation can be completed. He said that hasn't been worked out, and pointed to the Democrats, noting that there hasn't been a lot of cooperation from Democratic staff.

Bruno said focusing on the young ages of Kavanaugh and Ford during the alleged assault - Ford was 15 - and the many years that have elapsed misses a larger point.

Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) has made it her personal duty to ask all Trump administration nominees that encounter the Senate Judiciary Committee if they've ever committed sexual harassment or assault. But he said that should be done immediately, "so the process can continue as scheduled".

It could mean the committee will only hear Judge Kavanaugh's version of events, as Adam Liptak of the New York Times explains.

The explosive assault claim makes the Supreme Court the latest USA institution to be rocked by fallout from the year-old #MeToo movement exposing sexual misconduct.

Duda and Trump held private talks prior to the press conference Tuesday at the White House.

Alaska Republican Leaders say they have full faith Judge Brett Kavanaugh will become the next Supreme Court Justice to be confirmed.

Kavanaugh could provide the fifth vote to overturn the Roe v. Wade abortion-rights decision. "Nothing the Federal Bureau of Investigation or any other investigator does would have any bearing on what Dr. Ford tells the committee, so there is no reason for any further delay". She said that when she tried to scream, he put his hand over her mouth. They also want more witnesses besides Kavanaugh and Ford, hoping to avoid what they said would turn into a "he-said-she-said" moment. As Georgetown University law professor David Super notes, federal law explicitly says these previous statements are not regarded as hearsay, or unreliable, when they are used "to rebut an express or implied charge that the declarant recently fabricated it or acted from a recent improper influence or motive in so testifying".

The WSJ editorial board views the timing of Ford's accusations as clearly politically motivated and therefore, not worth paying serious attention to. Her husband, Russell Ford, told the newspaper that when she described the incident in the 2012 session, she used Kavanaugh's last name and said she was concerned he might eventually be nominated to the Supreme Court.

Ford and Katz, her lawyer, didn't return calls seeking comment.

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