Time running out for Kavanaugh accuser to talk, Republicans warn

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The woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her would be prepared to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee next week under "terms that are fair", her lawyers told the panel, according to the New York Times. They said Ford's "strong preference" is that "a full investigation" be completed before her testimony, but stopped short of demanding an FBI probe and seemed to suggest that she would testify without one.

"She is now unable to go home, and is receiving ongoing threats to her and her family's safety".

The U.S. Marshals Service is investigating threats against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his family amid an accusation that he sexually assaulted Christine Blasey Ford when they were teens. At one point, Ford said that Kavanaugh placed his hand over her mouth to keep her from making any noises.

Thursday's development came on the eve of a Republican-set deadline for Prof Ford to decide whether she would give evidence. Republicans have moved to get Kavanaugh confirmed before the November 6 midterm election, where Democrats are expected to flip a number of GOP-held seats in the Senate.

Here's why. Prior to her latest response, the growing expectation in Washington was that Kavanaugh's confirmation had been righted after being rocked by Ford's allegation last week.

"I certainly understand and respect Dr. Ford's desire for an investigation of her allegations". Hill, now a gender studies professor at Brandeis University, said she supports Ford's push for an FBI investigation. The FBI investigated the sexual harassment claims Anita Hill leveled against Justice Clarence Thomas during his confirmation process in 1991.

"But I can only say this: He's such an outstanding man - very hard for me to imagine that anything happened", Trump said. That's the Maryland all-girls school that Christine Blasey Ford attended in the early 1980s, when she says she was assaulted by Kavanaugh.

Grassley also asked Feinstein to send him a copy of the original, unredacted letter from Ford.

Flake is a persistent critic of President Trump and a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is vetting Kavanaugh's nomination for a lifetime post on America's highest court.

"A hearing on Monday is not possible and the committee's insistence that it occur then is arbitrary in any event".

A statement by a Ford attorney, Lisa Banks, says Grassley's plan to call just two witnesses, Kavanaugh and Ford, "is not a fair or good faith investigation".

Senator Dean Heller, a Nevada Republican, sounded bullish about the prospects of confirming the nominee, who would be expected to bring a more conservative tilt to America's highest court.

Democrats, already opposed to Kavanaugh even before Ford made her allegation, accused Republicans of trying to railroad the nomination through the Senate. Former FBI special agent and current CNN analyst Asha Rangappa said that she was told background checks for "presidential appointees only go back 10 years or back to age 18".

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