With Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination dangling in the balance, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said his panel still planned a Monday morning hearing that Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford were invited to attend. A Republican aide didn't dispute the figure, but said those updates can be relatively minor, such as adding a nominee's tax records or educational information that had been inadvertently excluded.
The discussion revived the possibility that the panel would hold an electrifying campaign season hearing at which both Ford and President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee could give their versions of what did or didn't happen at a party in the 1980s.
- Democratic Sens. Mazie Hirono and Kirsten Gillibrand on Thursday heavily criticized GOP senators' handling of a sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh and asserted that the incident, as well as death threats against the woman making the accusation, should be investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. "He remains committed to providing a fair forum for both Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh". Politico reported that Ford asked to have Kavanaugh testify first, and does not want him in the room when she testifies.
"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. Those who spoke to the Times about Ford in her adult life described her as "a friendly but kind of geeky scientist", "very meticulous with data", and "someone taken very seriously".
Should Ford testify, especially in public, it would pit the words of two distinguished professionals against each other as television close-ups capture every emotion.
According to reports Thursday, the Republicans are considering hiring a female outside litigator to handle the questioning, which would be televised nationally.More news: Poland suggests 'Fort Trump' as US weighs military base
Ford's demand has been fully backed by Democrats. Susan Collins of ME and Jeff Flake of Arizona - said that unless Ford testified Monday they would move on to Kavanagh's vote.
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 said in the letter to the Iowa Republican. The White House. Judge Kavanaugh has not asked to have the FBI investigate these claims. Earlier on Thursday, Kavanaugh said he wanted to testify even if Ford did not show.
Trump, at a rally in Las Vegas on Thursday night, said, "So we'll let it play out, and I think everything is going to be just fine". In the later call, the lawyer said Ford needed more time to secure her family, prepare her testimony and travel to the capital. Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley and President Donald Trump have continued to oppose having the Federal Bureau of Investigation handle the incident.
Peters said she hasn't yet had a chance to sit down with Ford and discuss the specific incident in clinical detail, but "people who experience sexual assaults that are as scary as this one seems to be, according to her story, can suffer shame, fear, depression, anxiety".