Kavanaugh accuser Ford 'willing to testify' if certain terms met

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Kavanaugh, now a judge on the powerful U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, has repeatedly denied Ford's allegation.

"I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!" That vote is scheduled to happen this coming week.

Committee staff has been in negotiations with Ford's attorney, Democrat operative Debra Katz, for days about receiving testimony.

Judge Kavanaugh, 53, has agreed to testify to the judiciary committee, which vets Supreme Court nominees, on Monday.

Ford's lawyers have said she's received death threats.

Goss Graves says she believes Ford's account, and expects senators to treat her with fairness and respect. Trump, a confessed sexual abuser, tweeted that if Professor Christine Blasey Ford's alleged assault was "that bad", then she should have come forward when it allegedly occurred.

Trump tweeted Friday that Kavanaugh has an "impeccable reputation" and that Democrats "don't want to know the answers, they just want to destroy and delay".

On Thursday afternoon, Ford's lawyers told Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) that though Ford will not testify on Monday, Ford "wishes to testify, provided that we can agree on terms that are fair and which ensure her safety".

"I continue to want a hearing as soon as possible, so that I can clear my name", Kavanaugh added.

A person familiar with the call said Ford could not testify until next Thursday.

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When asked if the White House agrees with Whelan's apology, the official said that because the White House had no prior knowledge of the theory, "We're not going to characterize it". "You say, why didn't somebody call the Federal Bureau of Investigation 36 years ago?" the president told Sean Hannity on September 21 in Las Vegas, where he also held a campaign rally.

Bozell, who describes herself as an independent, said she found the timing of the allegations suspicious and believed Kavanaugh was an "upstanding man" who was being "smeared" and that his family was being torn apart.

Ford's lawyers talked to Judiciary Committee staff on Thursday night, a committee spokesman said without giving details. But Bozell also said that Ford's "interpretation might be a lot different than what happened".

The email said Ford's "strong preference" remains that the committee allow a thorough investigation of her claim before she appears.

According to reports on Thursday, the Republicans are considering hiring a female outside litigator to handle the questioning, which would be televised nationally.

Republicans have pushed to proceed with Kavanaugh's confirmation vote, which should originally have taken place on Thursday. Kavanaugh's confirmation would be the second of the Trump administration and solidify conservative control of the nation's top court. So, it's unclear why the White House is ride or die on Brett Kavanaugh.

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She told a senior Democratic lawmaker of her allegation in a confidential letter this summer and only went public after it was leaked.

"I'm sure she's preparing mentally to embrace her truth and kind of get past the things that have made her feel like she has to hide it and be silent", her sister-in-law Deborah Ford Peters told ABC's "Good Morning America".

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