Ms. Lisa Banks, the #metoo Democrat activist lawyer for the woman who accuses Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault said Senate Republicans are acting unfairly by moving ahead with a hearing Monday, 24 September without investigating the matter further, as the Dems political charade is unraveling.
Prof Ford has been given until Friday to decide if she will testify. Ford had written a letter to a California lawmaker about the claim months ago that was passed to Feinstein, but had requested anonymity, and Feinstein said she was trying to honor that.
President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans have been emphatic that an FBI renewal of its background checks on Kavanaugh won't happen, saying an investigation by committee staff - which Democrats are boycotting - is sufficient.
Two other Senate Republicans, Lindsey Graham of SC and Tom Cotton of Arkansas, are also urging a vote after the hearing with Ford. The Judiciary panel said it had talked to three other people whom Ford has told The Washington Post were at the party where the alleged assault took place - Mark Judge, Patrick J. Smyth and Leland Ingham Keyser.
Grassley also asked Feinstein to send him a copy of the original, unredacted letter from Ford. She can sit down for an interview with a respected TV journalist.
The latest sexual assault allegation dated back to the 1983-84 academic school year, when Justice Kavanaugh was a freshman at Yale University, The New Yorker said, adding that at least two Senate Democrats were investigating the allegation.
The email was a sharp turnabout from statements by Ford and her lawyers in the past few days, in which her insistence on an FBI investigation of her allegations and other demands had cast strong doubts on her willingness to appear.
"There are multiple witnesses whose names have appeared publicly and should be included in any proceeding. The rush to a hearing is unnecessary and contrary to the committee discovering the truth".
Why did the Senate set a deadline?
Taylor Foy, spokesman for Republicans who control the committee, said in a written statement, "We are happy that Dr. Ford's attorneys are now engaging with the Committee".More news: Jimmy Garoppolo carted off as 49ers fall to Chiefs
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The Senate, the committee chairman notes, "and only the Senate", is tasked with vetting a president's Supreme Court nominee. And despite Grassley's schedule, it remained unclear if that hearing would occur without her, as a drama that has riveted Washington since emerging a week ago was injected with a fresh burst of election-season suspense.
The Senate Judiciary Committee continues to ask Christine Ford to present herself before them on Monday, and for the last few days, there's been a lot of commotion about whether she's being forced into it while she's still asking the FBI to investigate her claims.
"Republicans are trying to bully her into a rigged hearing", No. 2 Senate Democratic leader Dick Durbin of IL tweeted about Ford.
What is the allegation against the judge?
The New Yorker said it contacted Ramirez after learning of a possible incident with Kavanaugh. "This is a smear, plain and simple", he said in a statement issued by the White House Sunday night.
'I'm confident about the trousers coming up and I'm confident about Brett being there, ' Ramirez said. Let her say whatever she has to say. "If she shows up that would be wonderful".
Dozens of people protesting the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court have been arrested outside the office of Republican Sen.
Kavanaugh has categorically denied both accusations. Ford says she feared Kavanaugh might inadvertently kill her before she managed to get away.
"Judge Kavanaugh is an outstanding person". Kavanaugh answered no to both questions. Some Republicans on Capitol Hill said they were shellshocked even as they blamed Democrats for what they described as a political takedown based on scurrilous allegations.