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 on Saturday according to USA media.
Ford's lawyers and the Republican leadership of the Judiciary Committee reached a tentative agreement Saturday evening for her and Kavanaugh to testify Thursday about her allegation, multiple sources familiar with the talks told ABC News. The proposal calls for Ford to testify first and Kavanaugh second.
Republicans had hoped to push through a successful confirmation of the president's pick to join the Supreme Court before oral arguments begin on October 1. "I don't remember whether we said anything to each other when I left his office", she said.
Ford, now a 51-year-old California college professor, went public last week with her allegation that Kavanaugh assaulted her at a party when they were in high school.
The brinkmanship over whether Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's accuser will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee has come to a standstill, for now.
Ford alleges Kavanaugh assaulted her at a party when they were teens. Kavanaugh also implored the Judiciary Committee to hold a hearing the following day so he could clear himself. "I thought it'd be really smart to have somebody come in who knows what the hell they're doing, to ask the questions, to be respectful".
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Democratic Senator Doug Jones said Mark Judge , Kavanaugh's high school friend, should be subpoenaed if he refuses to testify. Ford alleged that Kavanaugh was "stumbling drunk" during a small party when he sexually assaulted her.
A final accord could bring to a close days of brinkmanship that have roiled Washington ahead of midterm elections and threatened to jeopardize Kavanaugh's confirmation to the court, even as some Republicans say the additional hearings may do little to change their support for him.
It will not include other witnesses nor has it been decided whether staff attorneys or senators will ask the questions. Ford dropped her initial request for an FBI investigation of her allegations.
Meanwhile, Republicans viewed Ms Ford's requests as a way to delay voting on President Donald Trump's nominee. Kavanaugh's team, the Times reported, acknowledge that the calendars don't disprove Blasey Ford's claim. The panel has delayed its vote on whether to advance Kavanaugh's confirmation to the full Senate in order to hear Blasey's testimony.
Ford, who asked that the FBI investigate the allegations, said there was alcohol at the party and that Kavanaugh and Judge were very drunk at the time.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley had requested that Ford respond to his invitation to testify before the Senate by Saturday afternoon.
"She has already been forced out of her home and continues to be subjected to harassment, hate mail, and death threats".
Grassley made the announcement late on Friday night in the unusual form of a tweet addressed to the nominee.
Earlier on Saturday, a senior official at the White House said Ms Ford's requests amounted to "a clever way to push off the vote Monday without committing to appear Wednesday". Given all the time that's passed, I wondered if perhaps Ford had actually been to such a party and suffered an assault, but it was with someone else and her mind was just filling in a blank with Kavanaugh's name.