Published: Sat, September 22, 2018

Grassley Sends Final Deadline for Kavanaugh Accuser's Lawyers: 10 P.M. Friday

Grassley Sends Final Deadline for Kavanaugh Accuser's Lawyers: 10 P.M. Friday

Lisa Murkowski told CNN on Friday she plans to wait until after Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault, testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee before deciding whether to back Kavanaugh's nomination.

In another tweet Friday morning, Trump called Kavanaugh "a fine man", who he said is under assault "by radical left wing politicians who don't want to know the answers, they just want to destroy and delay".

Trump on Friday morning asked on Twitter why Ford didn't call the Federal Bureau of Investigation when the alleged sexual assault took place 36 years ago if the attack "was as bad as she says". "I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place", Trump tweeted.

Trump's tweet marked a sharp break from the days after the accusation first surfaced, during which he refrained from attacking Christine Blasey Ford, a professor in California, and said she deserved to be heard by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The note, signed by attorney Debra Katz, reiterated that it would be a "deal breaker" to demand Ford testify Monday, and further, submitting written testimony by Friday at 10 a.m. would be "a non-starter" because "it is simply not possible for her to prepare such testimony while at the same time trying to take appropriate security precautions in the face of the avalanche of threats she has been receiving". Susan Collins of ME and Jeff Flake of Arizona - said that unless Ford testified Monday they would move on to Kavanagh's vote. But Ford said Monday is impossible for her, offering instead to testify later in the week under certain conditions. Before the 2016 presidential election, more than a dozen women accused Trump of making unwanted advances.

Bozell, who describes herself as an independent, said she found the timing of the allegations suspicious and believed Kavanaugh was an "upstanding man" who was being "smeared" and that his family was being torn apart. But that served to galvanize GOP lawmakers around Kavanaugh, who vehemently denies Ford's allegations, all but ensuring his likely confirmation.

Feinstein tweeted this week that Ford had sought confidentiality and "I honored that". Republicans in the Senate are insisting she testify Monday - either publicly or privately. She said she revealed the incident to her husband and therapist at a 2012 couple's therapy session.

Speaker Kayla Kessinger, a Republican state delegate in West Virginia who is running for re-election primarily on a pro-life platform - in a state that is taking up a ballot initiative to revoke public funding of abortions in November - told ABC News: "I am absolutely, one hundred percent supportive of Brett Kavanaugh".

"I'm providing a notice of a vote to occur Monday in the event that Dr Ford's attorneys don't respond or Dr Ford decides not to testify", committee chairman Chuck Grassley said in a statement.


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"I think the Democrat strategy-it was apparent on day one of the confirmation hearings-is to delay the nomination past the election, to delay the nominations to defeat the nomination".

Grassley said he was rebuffing Ford's proposals that she testify after Kavanaugh and that only senators, not outside counsel, be allowed to ask questions.

McConnell isn't the only Republican to take heat for his comments about the allegation.

The Senate panel must approve Kavanaugh's confirmation before a vote by the full Senate, where Republicans hold a 51-49 majority. Kavanaugh was seen at the White House on Thursday (Friday NZT).

In July, Ford sent a letter to the ranking member of the Judiciary Committee, Sen.

Collins said critics have a right to make their case, but has in the past said her office has received threatening and profane messages about the Kavanaugh case, calling those messages inappropriate and offensive.

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