Republicans give Kavanaugh accuser more time to consider testifying

Kavanaugh sex assault accuser negotiates over US Senate showdown

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In a quick session with reporters at the Values Voter Summit on Friday, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said that if Democrats were to succeed in delaying the vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh until the midterm elections in November, that would help Republicans win elections.

Her lawyers say the professor's life has been turned upside down.

#KremlinAnnex protesters place a sign referring to Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who accused Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh of a 1982 sexual assault, and spell out the word "AMORAL" on the 66th consecutive day of their demonstration outside the White House.

In addition to security, expected to be provided by Capitol Police, Professor Ford has asked for press coverage of her testimony to be the same as for Mr Kavanaugh.

"I think it's to the benefit of Chuck Schumer and his crew to allow the Senate to vote", he added.

Pence dismissed the sexual misconduct allegations that have roiled Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing at a gathering of evangelical activists in Washington.

Blasey's lawyer, Debra Katz, responded with a blistering email, accusing Grassley's aides of pressuring her client "to agree to conditions you find advantageous to the nominee", and of imposing "aggressive and artificial deadlines" whose "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". Susan Collins, a key Republican still undecided on Kavanaugh.

He also rejected her proposal that she testify after Kavanaugh, a position lawyers consider advantageous because it gives them a chance to rebut accusations. Feinstein has said she did so because she was respecting Blasey's wish to remain anonymous. However, it later appeared that she might not when her attorneys squabbled with Grassley's committee over details, such as when she would testify, where she would offer her testimony, who would ask her questions, and in what order she would testify.

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.

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A Senate Republican aide told CNN Friday that a special counsel would prevent the politicization of Ford's questioning.

The committee chairman, GOP Sen.

The date and other details of the hearing were yet to be negotiated, the letter stated, but Grassley had been adamant that it should be scheduled for Wednesday at the latest.

Ms Ford says Mr Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a Maryland house party in the early 1980s when both were high school students.

He also refused to call additional witnesses.

"She wishes to testify, provided that we can agree on terms that are fair and which ensure her safety".

Kavanaugh had seemed to gain momentum among Republican senators this week, with growing numbers saying it was approaching time to vote and those who'd voiced concern about Ford's charges stopping short of expressing opposition to Kavanaugh. Blasey, who was around 15 at the time of the incident, has said publicly that she did not report it to the authorities, and that she does not recall exactly when it took place.

"Keep the faith. Don't get rattled by all of this".

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