The woman whose sexual assault allegation threatens to bring down President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee has agreed to testify in the Senate, her lawyers said Saturday, setting up a dramatic showdown next week.
Ms Ford's lawyers Debra Katz and Lisa Banks had said that many aspects of Mr Grassley's latest offer were "fundamentally inconsistent" with the committee's promise of a "fair, impartial investigation". According to the initial report, Professor Ford will go first followed by Bett Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh, an appellate court judge, denied the allegation and said he wanted to testify as soon as possible to clear his name.
"We have to fight for him, not anxious about the other side", he said.
Ford has accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a house party in the 1980s, when they were both teenagers at Washington-area private schools. Trump asked, as he defended his Supreme Court nominee. The GOP is facing enormous pressure from its base of conservative leaders and voters to swiftly approve Kavanaugh, who would become the second of President Donald Trump's nominees to sit on the nation's highest court, before the November 6 election.
Ms Ford's lawyers previously said she had "been the target of vicious harassment" in the wake of her claims and was forced to leave her home.
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A person familiar with Ford's legal team's thinking said Saturday that the attorneys will continue to push for their other demands, including whether senators will question Ford directly or whether they will use staff attorneys and whether they will subpoena Judge. President Trump attacked Ford, asserting she would have gone to the police as a 15-year-old if the attempted rape was "that bad".
The Senate is made up of 51 Republicans and 49 Democrats - so any testimony she gives on the allegations could prove pivotal. I want to hear her. Grassley lamented in a tweet late Friday night that with all the deadline extensions, he felt like he was playing "2nd trombone in the judiciary orchestra", and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., was the conductor.
Attorneys for Christine Blasey Ford told the Senate Judiciary Committee she would be willing to appear next week.
The Judiciary Committee was previously scheduled to vote on Kavanaugh last week, but delayed the vote because of Ford's accusations.
Graham also feels that Ford is simply being "used" by Democrats, claiming they have an "agenda" against Kavanaugh. Unfortunately for Ford's story, Keyser released a statement saying that she's never met Kavanaugh and, like everyone else listed as party attendees, has no recollection of any such party.
Ford has received death threats while Kavanaugh and his wife also have received threats.