Senate Judiciary Committee confirms Kavanaugh public hearing

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Ford agreed that she will testify ahead of Kavanaugh, rather than her preference to appear after him, according to a source familiar with the talks who spoke on condition of anonymity, lacking authorization to discuss the talks publicly.

Kavanaugh appeared on a likely path to confirmation in a Senate controlled by the GOP 51-49 until Ford's allegation came to light Sept 13 when top Senate Judiciary Democrat Dianne Feinstein said she told the Federal Bureau of Investigation about unspecified information she received in July about the nominee.

Christine Ford will testify to the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday morning at 10 a.m., her lawyers said Sunday. The details of the hearing still need to be "ironed out", but if Ford had not chose to testify, the committee would have voted on Kavanaugh's nomination on Monday.

And a temporary communications adviser to Grassley during the Supreme Court confirmation fight has abruptly resigned after an accusation of sexual harassment - an allegation he denies.

Her lawyer Debra Katz said in a letter to the committee on Saturday that her client had accepted the request to testify but wanted to "continue our negotiations" on the details.

Ford and the Senate Judiciary Committee have reached agreement for a public hearing Thursday, but critical details are still unresolved.

Ford says an inebriated Kavanaugh pinned her on a bed, muffled her cries and tried removing her clothes when both were teenagers in the 1980s. The Senate's oversight body and Ford's representatives have been in a protracted negotiations for her to appear in person, but failed to agree to terms.

As Republicans were considering their next move in private talks Saturday, they also made it clear they viewed Ford's offer as a way to delay voting on President Donald Trump's pick for the court.

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Approval of Kavanaugh would cement conservative control of the Supreme Court and advance a White House effort to tilt the American judiciary farther to the right.

'I want to listen to her, but I'm being honest with you and everybody else.What am I supposed to do?

Trump's outburst saw a new #MeToo era hashtag storm the internet, with people - mostly women - sharing why they did not report being assaulted under the Twitter hashtag #WhyIDidntReport.

Trump and the White House had been careful not to malign Ford after her allegations surfaced, but Trump dropped the restraint in his tweets on Friday. 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. They could also use staff attorneys to the Republican majority on the committee. In a pair of tweets, the president questioned why Blasey didn't immediately tell law enforcement officials that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her.

Graham also feels that Ford is simply being "used" by Democrats, claiming they have an "agenda" against Kavanaugh.

Mr Trump has cast dpubt on the sexual assault allegations made against Mr Kavanaugh, saying the judge had been treated "very, very tough". "If one Republican senator should decide that Dr. Ford's allegations, assertions are true and that they are serious, it could make a big difference in the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh". In other words, there's no real agreement yet since we've heard this story before.

Ford's request for security comes after her lawyers said she has relocated her family due to death threats.

The Senate Judiciary Committee's 11 Republicans - all men - have been seeking an outside female lawyer to interrogate Ford.

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