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Republicans on Senate panel send letter to potential Kavanaugh party attendee

22 September 2018

Republican Sen. Susan Collins of ME said Friday she was "appalled" by President Trump's tweet belittling the woman who accused his Supreme Court nominee of sexually assaulting her.

The Senate Judiciary Committee has delayed Kavanaugh's confirmation vote and invited both Ford and Kavanaugh to testify before the committee Monday about Ford's allegations.

"Since the moment I first heard the allegation", he said in a statement on Thursday, "I have categorically and unequivocally denied it". No decisions were reached, the aide said.

Several Senate Democrats have changed their rhetoric on how and when Christine Blasey Ford should testify about her accusation of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Ford told the Washington Post earlier this week that she did not tell her parents, or anyone else, about the alleged assault in its immediate aftermath-she was afraid to tell them she had been at a party where there had been underage drinking.

Perkins said McConnell had been methodical in attempting to win Kavanaugh's confirmation "but you've got to look at what he's working with". Again, says Irvine, that's not the job of a newspaper or any other media outlet. "So we'll let it play out, and I think everything's going to be just fine".

Taylor Foy, spokesman for Republicans on the panel, said after the call that Grassley "will consult with his colleagues on the committee".

Attorney Debra Katz said Professor Ford, 51, a psychology professor in California, had received death threats and for safety reasons had relocated her family. Her lawyers said Thursday that she will agree to a hearing if they can find "terms that are fair and which ensure her safety", CNN reports. The Republican-led Judiciary Committee is using Judge as a ghost witness to influence public opinion against Dr Ford. Two others have said they have no recollection of any incident like the one Ford described. Assessing them would be not just the committee's 21 senators -only four of whom are women, all Democrats - but also millions of viewing voters. Mark Judge sent a letter to Grassley's committee saying he had "no memory" of the incident Dr. Ford disclosed. Politico, citing an unnamed source, said Ford's lawyers wanted Kavanaugh to appear first.

Grassley has allowed Judge to testify unofficially, through the letter written by his attorney and released to the public. "I continue to want a hearing as soon as possible, so that I can clear my name".

Fagen recalled how a Secret Service agent, during the chaos of that day, told her to run from her office amid fears a hijacked airliner could be headed toward the White House.

Before engaging Friday morning in what Ford's advocates could see as victim-shaming, he blasted his political nemeses for accepting Ford's story at face value no matter the consequences.

Asked if he would ask the FBI to open a deeper investigation, Trump said he was content to "let the senators do it".

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".

"When there was an opportunity to see this court brought back within its boundaries according to the Constitution, that's why they got behind President Trump", the FRC president added.

She accused Kavanaugh of attacking her and trying to remove her clothing while he was drunk at a party when he was 17 years old and she was 15.

A person familiar with the call said Ford could not testify until next Thursday. But she doesn't belong to the Judiciary Committee.

But it seemed nearly certain that Kavanaugh would testify last, a position attorneys believe is advantageous because it allows a rebuttal of any charges.

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.

Republicans on Senate panel send letter to potential Kavanaugh party attendee