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Fresh deadline for Brett Kavanaugh accuser adds to supreme court drama

24 September 2018

We should start with a recent update to the on again, off again plans for Christine Blasey Ford to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Trump's tweet on Friday said: "I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents". Ford also said Mark Judge, a friend and Georgetown Preparatory classmate of Kavanaugh, was in the room with her and Kavanaugh at the time of the assault.

Kavanaugh appeared on a likely path to confirmation in a Senate controlled by the GOP 51-49 until Ford's allegation came to light on September 13, when Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California told the Federal Bureau of Investigation about unspecified information she received in July about the nominee.

In the emails, which were made public by Judiciary Committee Republicans, Mike Davis, the committee's chief counsel for nominations, wrote today that four requests from Ford's lawyers regarding witnesses and who will question them are "non-negotiable" and will not be met.

'I want to listen to her, but I'm being honest with you and everybody else.What am I supposed to do? "They're anxious about security at the hearing", the IL senator said.

Graham also feels that Ford is simply being "used" by Democrats, claiming they have an "agenda" against Kavanaugh.

Katz had called Grassley's original deadline "arbitrary" and said its "sole objective is to bully Dr. Ford and deprive her of the ability to make a considered decision that has life-altering implications for her and her family". Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the committee, had insisted that she appear to testify on Monday.

"We committed to moving forward with an open hearing on Thursday Sept 27 at 10:00 am", the attorneys said. 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 6 November.

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Trump's searing reproach defied the Senate Republican strategy, and the advice of White House aides, of not disparaging Ford while firmly defending his nominee and the tight timetable for confirming him.

That's the new and latest deadline in the high-stakes confrontation over whether Brett Kavanaugh's accuser will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee. It will not include other witnesses nor has it been decided whether staff attorneys or senators will ask the questions.

"Its sole goal is to bully Dr. Ford and deprive her of the ability to make a considered decision that has life-altering implications for her and her family", Katz said in the letter.

Mr Trump has cast dpubt on the sexual assault allegations made against Mr Kavanaugh, saying the judge had been treated "very, very tough".

Since Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's story became public, she has asked for the FBI to investigate - a request that demonstrates her sincerity and her confidence that an impartial inquiry will further corroborate and confirm the account she has given. With Republicans holding a 51-49 majority in the Senate, all Democrats and two Republican senators would need to oppose Kavanaugh for his nomination to fail.

Pence tells a gathering of evangelical activists in Washington that the appeals court judge's record and career deserve "the respect of every member of the United States Senate".

Fresh deadline for Brett Kavanaugh accuser adds to supreme court drama