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

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

Grassley had to offer the accuser, Dr. Ford, a chance to tell her story. But top Republicans, including some who have expressed concern about Kavanaugh in light of the allegations, are indicating that they plan to vote on President Donald Trump's second nominee to the nation's high court if Ford doesn't appear before the panel on Monday.

After Grassley rebuffed the request for an FBI investigation and President Donald Trump downplayed the notion, Ford's attorney Lisa Banks said on Wednesday that "the rush to a hearing is unnecessary, and contrary to the committee discovering the truth".

Professor Christine Blasey Ford is seen in an undated photo posted to ResearchGate and Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh appears at a confirmation hearing in Washington, Sept. 4, 2018.

Ford accused the judge of sexually assaulting her at a party in the 1980s when they were teenagers in high school.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, urged Ford to testify as scheduled on Monday.

"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. Ford revealed herself to be the accuser a few days later.

Wednesday on CNN, she described the Senate's treatment of Ford as "callousness from my colleagues that I am totally appalled by".

"Chrissy is not someone who chooses to be in the spotlight", the letter said.

Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh leaves his home Wednesday in Chevy Chase, Md. Republicans have said they will move forward with a vote on Kavanaugh if Ford does not testify.

This isn't the first time allegations have come up during a Supreme Court confirmation hearing.

Here's why. Prior to her latest response, the growing expectation in Washington was that Kavanaugh's confirmation had been righted after being rocked by Ford's allegation last week. Official: "FBI Will Not investigate Kavanaugh Unless the White House Demands It", said that he was told by a senior US official that the FBI will not investigate because what Ford is alleging is not a federal crime.

Hill is the law professor who during the Senate's 1991 consideration of Clarence Thomas' Supreme Court nomination accused him of sexual harassment.

As the New York Times reported on Thursday, Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee have "decided to hire an outside counsel to lead their questioning" of Ford in an apparent effort to "avoid the image of 11 male senators questioning" her account.

And I also emphasized that I wasn't there to tell her what to do, but, rather, if there was something that she wished me to do, that I would do everything to assist her.

Katz then reiterated her strong preference that a federal investigation occur before a hearing. Mark Judge, the person Ford said witnessed the attempted assault, has said he doesn't remember anything about it and doesn't want to testify before the committee.

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