Graham: 'Not going to ruin' Kavanaugh over Ford's accusation

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Ford has accused Kavanaugh of sexual assaulting her at a high school party 36 years ago. The women, all of whom supported the nominee, seemed to feel at ease attacking Dr. Ford, and did so in a brutal fashion.

Up until now, I've avoided any direct accusation of mendacity on the part of Christine Blasey Ford, though the incredibly convenient timing of the release of this information made it tempting.

In their statement, Ford's attorneys said that lawmakers had "refused to invite other witnesses who are essential for a fair hearing that arrives at the truth about the sexual assault".

Kavanaugh described Ford's claim as a "completely and totally false allegation", and insisted that he has "never done anything like what the accuser describes to her or to anyone".

Mark Judge, who Ford alleged was at the party in the early 1980s when the alleged assault occurred, will not be subpoenaed by the committee as Ford's legal team had requested, according to the attorneys.

A Republican voter on a CNN panel this week questioned the sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, saying "what boy hasn't done this in high school?" And it says the rest of the terms are still up for negotiation. Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the committee, had insisted that she appear to testify on Monday. Republicans made a counteroffer on Friday of holding the hearing on Wednesday, and having Ford testify before Kavanaugh.

As the Saturday deadline approached, NBC news reported that Garrett Ventry, a communications aide on the Senate Judiciary Committee who had been helping lead the response to Ford's claim against Kavanaugh, was stepping down after evidence surfaced he was sacked from a previous job partly due to sexual harassment allegations against him.

The lawyers asked in their message to "set up a time for later this afternoon to continue our negotiations".

In a series of tweets that have since been deleted, Whelan said Ford may have confused Kavanaugh for a different classmate, one that he named in the tweets along with the address of the house where he suggested the reported attack had taken place. "It's not surprising that Ms. Keyser has no recollection of the evening as they did not discuss it".

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The White House views Ford's potential testimony with trepidation, nervous that an emotional performance might not just damage Kavanaugh's chances but could further energize female voters to turn out against Republicans in November.

"Dr. Ford accepts the Committee's request to provide her first-hand knowledge of Brett Kavanaugh's sexual misconduct next week", Katz's email read.

Yet they remained "hopeful that we can reach agreement on details".

The allegation against Judge Kavanaugh, President Trump's pick for the USA top court, became public last week.

Pence tells a gathering of evangelical activists in Washington that the appeals court judge's record and career deserve "the respect of every member of the United States Senate".

Pence also says that he and President Donald Trump are confident that Republicans will handle that process "with the utmost respect for all concerned". At 6:30 they gave her a 10 p.m. deadline.

Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 6.

A spokesman for GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, is shrugging off responsibility for the extension onto the Senate's Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer. "Please, I would like to know".

Attorneys for Christine Blasey Ford asked the Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday night for an additional day to make her decision to testify.

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