Kavanaugh, Ford Will Testify in Open Hearing on Thursday

Republicans viewed Ford's requests as a way to delay voting on President Donald Trump's nominee. "It should be fully investigated". Senior Republican staffers are also aware of the allegation.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham told Fox News that Ford "will be treated fairly but we're not going to turn the hearing over to her lawyers". They said they remained disappointed by the "bullying" that "tainted the process". She claimed that Kavanaugh and his alleged accomplice were "stumbling drunk" but she was nearly entirely sober.

"This alleged event from 35 years ago did not happen", Kavanaugh said.

Among their list of requests, Ford's lawyers asked that the committee only allow senators to ask questions and that Ford be able to call other witnesses.

"But she should come forward, she should have her say".

"We've made important progress", said Ford's attorneys Debra S. Katz, Lisa J. Banks, and Michael R. Bromwich. The committee said all three told investigators that they had no recollection of the evening in question.

"It really speaks to her credibility at this moment". Durbin said on ABC's "This Week" Sunday.

FiveThirtyEight reports that a full investigation of the allegations against Brett Kavanaugh would probably take "at least a few weeks".

The hearing will center on Ford's allegation that Kavanaugh forced himself on her in an "attempted rape" at a party in high school.

"Most Americans, for example, recall vividly where they were and what they were doing the moment they first learned of the 9/11 terrorist attacks."
Patty Murray, D-Wash., charging that Republican senators had "predetermined the outcome" and set up a "he-said, she-said" showdown around Ford's allegations. "I believe her", Hirono told CNN's "State of the Union" program.

Kavanaugh is also facing allegations of sexual misconduct from Christine Blasey Ford, who claims the judge assaulted her when they were teenagers.

Ford committed to an "open" hearing after negotiators convened a call on Sunday, her attorneys said in a statement.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh waits to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee for the third day of his confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on September 6.

The brinkmanship over whether Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's accuser will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee has come to a standstill, for now. FiveThirtyEight points out, "Grassley and the White House have already said they are standing behind Kavanaugh". Republicans can't keep saying that the truth will never be known while rejecting all efforts to get closer to it. Noting in a statement that "I knew them both", she added: "There is zero chance that I would confuse them". "I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!"

"These official letters from the 4 named by Dr. Ford-denying any knowledge of what Dr. Ford has alleged-serve the same goal as sworn testimony", Sen.

The magazine said it has not confirmed with other eyewitnesses that Kavanaugh was present at the party at issue in Ramirez's account.

She says she also remembers another student shouting down the hall, "Brett Kavanaugh just put his penis in Debbie's face".

Blasey Ford's story is by now familiar to anyone who's tuned in to a USA news channel in the past week: she alleges that a drunken Kavanaugh steered her into a bedroom and tried to undress her during a gathering of teens in suburban Maryland in the 1980s.

Some details, such as the order of their testimony, are being negotiated, and talks are expected to continue Sunday.

Kavanaugh's confirmation appears to turn mostly on the support or opposition of three Republican senators: Jeff Flake of Arizona, who is on the Judiciary panel that Republicans control 11-10; Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

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