Senate's Grassley sets Saturday deadline for Kavanaugh accuser

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Voter support for Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court is down in the wake of Christine Ford's assault allegations, as more believe her than him. If the Ford hearings are the farce they are shaping up to be, all of these factors are going to hurt Republicans, as Trump might say, "bigly". Trump ended a week of constraint and sarcastically assailed Ford on Friday, tweeting that if the episode was "as bad as she says", she or "her loving parents" surely would have reported it to law enforcement.

Expressing his frustration over the tactics of Ford and her legal team, Grassley wrote late on Friday on Twitter, "Five times now we have granted extension for Dr. Ford to decide if she wants to proceed with her desire stated one week ago that she wants to tell Senate her story". I want to hear her.

President Donald Trump, who picked Kavanaugh to replace Anthony Kennedy on the bench, had been uncharacteristically restrained in his comments on the matter for much of the week, but publicly raised questions about her credibility in a controversial tweet posted Friday.

Ford, A California professor went public with her allegation that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were high school students in the early 1980s in a September 16 article by the Washington Post.Ford, a 51-year-old research psychologist who teaches at Palo Alto University, alleged that Kavanaugh and a friend - both "stumbling drunk" - corralled her in a bedroom.

Durbin indicated that Democrats are likely to ask about Kavanaugh's drinking history because Ford has alleged Kavanaugh was "stumbling drunk" when it happened. 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.

Another poll released this week, this one conducted by NBC and the Wall Street Journal, also found Kavanaugh's numbers sinking. Through her lawyers she continues to refuse to testify, calling attempts to hear her side of the story under oath "bullying", and drawing out negotiations.

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Additionally, as the only other woman supposedly at the gathering, Keyser's statement may hold more weight with key Republican Sen.

If the accusations are proved true, just 39 percent of respondents said they should disqualify Kavanaugh from serving on the Supreme Court.

"Its sole objective is to bully Dr. Ford and deprive her of the ability to make a considered decision that has life-altering implications for her and her family", Katz said in the letter.

Katz said early in the week when the allegation first surfaced that Ford wanted to testify but later backtracked on that assertation.

In backing away from his deadline, Grassley underscored the sensitivity with which Senate Republicans have tried handling Ford. The committee's 11 Republicans - all men - have been seeking an outside female attorney to interrogate Ford, mindful of the election-season impression that could be left by men trying to pick apart a woman's assertion of a sexual attack. FiveThirtyEight points out, "Grassley and the White House have already said they are standing behind Kavanaugh". "So I thought that the president's tweet was completely inappropriate and wrong". Republicans, however, have so far resisted her demands to allow the questioning of additional alleged witnesses at the hearing.

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