Accuser of Trump's court nominee sets conditions for testifying


"Senate Republicans are attempting to make Dr. Blasey Ford testify on just a few days' notice - without having the Federal Bureau of Investigation follow up on her allegations and provide a report first", said the letter, which was spearheaded by Sens.

In a letter sent to the committee on Thursday, Kavanaugh said he looked forward to the Monday hearing, adding that he wanted one "as soon as possible, so that I can clear my name".

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh listens during his U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 4, 2018. I will be there.

"I have reopened the hearing because I believe that anyone who comes forward with allegations of sexual assault has a right to be heard, and because it is the Committee's responsibility to fully evaluate the fitness of a nominee to the Supreme Court", the Iowa Republican wrote.

"She wishes to testify, provided that we can agree on terms that are fair and which ensure her safety", Katz wrote in the email, which was obtained by The Associated Press after first being reported by The New York Times.

On Thursday afternoon, Ford's lawyers told the committee in an email that she would be open to testifying next week as long as terms are met that are "fair and ensure her safety". "They are not the professional staff that would be necessary in the FBI to do this kind of investigation - someone who is nonpartisan, someone who has been trained to do this level investigation", she told CNN. After scathing books from both his inner circle (Omarosa Manigault Newman's Unhinged) and some less close to him (Bob Woodward's Fury) were released, his Supreme Court nominee came under fire.

The confirmation fight has unfolded ahead of November 6 congressional elections in which Democrats are seeking to take control of Congress from Trump's fellow Republicans.

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President Donald Trump nominated Kavanaugh to the bench.

Ford's lawyers had said on Tuesday she would testify only if the FBI first investigated her allegation.

Ford contends that in the 1980s, Kavanaugh groped her, attempting to take off her clothes while Judge was present.

Trump went on to suggest that he already considers Kavanaugh likely to surmount the row and be confirmed to the lifetime appointment. "She's not asking for extraordinary measures, she's asking for basic fairness".

A handful of pivotal senators have yet to disclose how they will ultimately vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation, including Republican Senators Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. Although they have yet to hire someone to fill the role, the Republicans have been eager to avoid the image of 11 male senators questioning Ford about her account. Sherlock Whelan described this man as a "good friend" of Judge's, produced side-by-side photos of Kavanaugh and the man, and said people "have commented on how much they resembled each other in appearance". He said the committee is investigating Ford's accusation against Kavanaugh, but that "we have no power to commandeer an Executive Branch agency into conducting our due diligence".

After a grueling week of testimony, after which his confirmation seemed absolute, Judge Brett Kavanaugh is facing allegations of attempted rape, and along with the claims, a vicious smear from the media and left-wing interest groups.