Republicans make counteroffer to Kavanaugh's accuser

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The committee chairman, Republican Chuck Grassley of Iowa, has invited both Kavanaugh and Ford to testify before the committee on Monday.

But Katz wrote that "Monday's date is not possible and the committee's insistence that it occur then is arbitrary in any event".

Ford has told the pane she would prefer the committee not use outside counsel to question her because that would make it seem too much like a trial, the attorney told the panel.

"Im extending the deadline for response yet again to 10o'clock this evening". Democrats have demanded more time for scrutiny, and Republicans want to move ahead quickly with a confirmation vote in an increasingly volatile political climate ahead of congressional elections on November 6.

Grassley, a Republican, has scheduled a hearing for Monday for both Ford and Kavanaugh to appear to tell their stories.

"She wishes to testify, provided that we can agree on terms that are fair and which ensure her safety", Katz wrote in the email, which was obtained by The Associated Press after first being reported by The New York Times. John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Republican in the chamber, told CNN. But she's clearly made a decision to embrace the role of partisan adversary.

In a series of tweets, Trump defended the conservative Kavanaugh as under assault by "radical left wing politicians" seeking to "destroy and delay" his confirmation as a Supreme Court justice.

"What is happening with the Judiciary Committee, really, I would call it a railroad job", Sen.

And Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), said the president should call for the FBI to investigate if he wanted to "get to the bottom" of Blasey's account.

Under siege: Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

"He is entitled to hear the full, detailed testimony of Dr Ford before he testifies", the letter said.

Speaking at the same event, Sen.

Before Friday's tweet, Trump had won praise for keeping his comments about Ford respectful, even while continuing to back his nominee to the hilt. The FBI went to work questioning Hill and others, and ultimately the Judiciary Committee convened hearings at which she and Thomas appeared. "Who is not asking the FBI to investigate these claims?" Most controversially, Ford's legal team demanded that Ford, the accuser, testify after the accused, Kavanaugh. Is that the reaction of an innocent person?

Christine Blasey Ford's attorneys asked for more time to decide whether Ford will speak to the Senate Judiciary Committee about her claim that Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in the 1980s.

Judge Kavanaugh has repeatedly denied the claim. Her lawyers on Friday night defied a Judiciary Committee ultimate to giver her decision on whether she will testify next week.

"We want to hear Dr Ford's testimony and are prepared to accommodate many of your demands, including further delaying a hearing that is now scheduled for Monday".

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That final vote could then be taken Thursday, allowing Kavanaugh to take a seat on the Supreme Court in time of the start of the Court's October term. "What's going on?" But, he also said that Dr. Ford should "have her say, and let's see how it all works out". "That's what I call hijacking the regular committee process to accommodate political interests". "Why didn't someone call the Federal Bureau of Investigation 36 years ago?" Republicans are well aware that, in the era of #MeToo, they can ill afford to look as if they are bullying a victim of sexual assault.

"Dr Ford if u changed ur mind say so so we can move on I want to hear ur testimony", Grassley tweeted.