Brett Kavanaugh accuser willing to testify about sexual assault claim


The Senate Judiciary Committee and lawyers for the woman who has accused Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers reached a tentative agreement Saturday for her to publicly testify on Thursday.

The lawyers for Ford wrote that she "accepts the Committee's request to provide her first-hand knowledge of Brett Kavanaugh's sexual misconduct next week".

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) originally set the deadline for Ford to decide whether she would appear and testify at a scheduled hearing on September 24, for 10 a.m. on Friday.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh looks on during his confirmation hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee to be Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Sept. 4, 2018 in Washington.

And he suggested in a tweet that if the alleged sexual assault was as bad as Ford claimed, "charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents".

Sosa lost the Republican primary last month for the seat representing Florida's District 27 in the U.S. House. The Washington Post reports that one White House official said, "This is an ask to continue "negotiations" without committing to anything". Ford's attorney said she could not be there until later in the week.

Kavanaugh has said he wanted to testify before the committee to refute the allegation, and Ford's attorneys have told the committee that she has accepted their request for testimony.

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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.

Ford's legal team earlier in the week had called for an FBI investigation, saying in a letter to Grassley that a probe should be the "first step" before she testifies to ensure senators on the committee were fully informed about the allegations.

Americans generally give politicians in Washington largely negative ratings on their handling of the sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) came forward to say she has never met Brett Kavanaugh, let alone attended a party with him in the early 1980s.

Dr Ford alleges that Kavanaugh, heavily intoxicated, pushed into an empty bedroom and turned the music up inside so that no-one could hear her. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has said that he has enough votes, but with at least two Republicans in the Senate undecided and with the party holding only a 51-49 majority, confirmation is hardly assured. Grassley said that if she missed that deadline, he would scrap the hearing and his committee would vote on sending Kavanaugh's nomination to the full Senate.

The newspaper reported that Whelan "has been involved in helping to advise Kavanaugh's confirmation effort and is close friends with both Kavanaugh and Leonard Leo, the head of the Federalist Society who has been helping to spearhead the nomination".

While Sosa and Villarino tried to normalize the behavior behind the allegations, other women on the panel tried to call into question Ford's honesty and integrity.

Ford's request for security comes after her lawyers said she has relocated her family due to death threats.