Kavanaugh accuser lays out conditions for her to testify about alleged assault

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According to CNN's Manu Raju and Gloria Borger, that's just one of the conditions Dr. Christine Blasey Ford would like met, per her legal team, as she does not wish to be in the same room with Kavanaugh if she testifies.

Deborah Ford Peters said Ford is down to earth, hardworking and honest.

Supporters of both Kavanaugh and Ford have been lining up to vouch for their side.

Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

The chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Senator Charles E. Grassley, said through a spokesman late Thursday that he would be consulting with colleagues on how to proceed. Whether or not there's conclusive proof of the alleged assault, every senator is entitled to vote yes or no on elevating Kavanaugh from his current position as a federal appeals court judge to the pinnacle of American law based on their individual, subjective assessments of whatever testimony is provided.

In almost an hour-long telephone call in which the Judiciary Committee staff did most of the listening, Debra Katz, an attorney for Christine Blasey Ford, went through a series of concerns and preferences should she agree to appear before the committee next week.

It remained unclear, though, whether Ford would attend or if the hearing would occur without her as a drama that has riveted Washington since emerging a week ago was injected with a fresh burst of election-season suspense. With no female Republicans on the committee, the senators considered using their female aides to question Blasey at the hearing. They would argue that they'd offered Ford several options for describing her accusation, but that she'd snubbed them.

Grassley didn't offer an immediate response to Katz's letter.

"I continue to want a hearing as soon as possible, so that I can clear my name", Kavanaugh added. The White House. Judge Kavanaugh has not asked to have the FBI investigate these claims.

"Someone who is lying does not ask the FBI to investigate their claims, " Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Democrat of NY, said Thursday at an event on Capitol Hill.

"I think it's a very sad situation", he said, asking, 'Why didn't somebody call the Federal Bureau of Investigation 36 years ago?. Kavanaugh won't even know what the accused is going to say before having to address the committee. Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley and President Donald Trump have continued to oppose having the Federal Bureau of Investigation handle the incident.

At a Las Vegas rally not long after, Trump praised Kavanaugh as "one of the finest human beings you will ever have the privilege of knowing or meeting" and called his reputation "impeccable".

Ford has said Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982 when both were high school students in Maryland.

Grassley has said that in the interest of making Ford comfortable, he'd be willing to let Ford testify in public or private. Her lawyers had a call with the committee and sent a follow-up email Thursday, CBS News confirms.

"She said she wanted to appear but if she changes her mind and refuses to appear, there's not much we can do", Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), who'd scheduled her to testify Monday.

Ford went public with her accusation over the weekend in a Washington Post interview and said Monday through her lawyer that she was ready to testify. Hirono said the threats constitute being labeled as "intimidation of a witness". But that wording fell short of a nonnegotiable demand. A substantial delay could push confirmation past the November elections, when Democrats have a shot at winning Senate control, plus allow more time for unforeseen problems to crop up.