Brett Kavanaugh: Senate sets deadline for accuser testimony

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Toobin added that if Ford does testify, then "all the cards are thrown up in the air".

The sexual assault allegation should be fully investigated, Sack said, but in the meantime, Ford shouldn't be dismissed as less than credible. He wrote, 'And I have heard very few people say that limits on contributions to candidates are unconstitutional although I for one tend to think those limits have some constitutional problems'.

As of Tuesday evening, committee members were embroiled in a partisan dispute over the timing and conditions of such a hearing.

"It is both extremely disturbing and a grave insult to women in ME and across the country that Senator Collins is buying into the Trump tactic of undermining survivors and trying to bully Dr. Blasey Ford", said Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL, in a statement.

Instead of the real estate tycoon's usually no-holds-barred combative style, honed during decades of cutthroat business deals, he has been careful to speak about Ford with respect. She has been the target of vicious harassment and even death threats. McCaskill said she did not base her decision on the allegations, which she said were "troubling and deserve a thorough and fair examination by the Senate Judiciary Committee".

"The rush to a hearing is unnecessary, and contrary to the Committee discovering the truth", Banks wrote.

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In his response, Grassley argued that such an investigation would fall beyond the jurisdiction of the FBI.

Why is the Senate setting a deadline?

In their letter to Grassley, the Judiciary Committee chairman, Ford's lawyers have said that she is willing to "cooperate" with the panel. "And there will be a taint on Judge Kavanaugh that will never go away until the public actually has the opportunity to hear the two of them". A lot of midterm voters are either locked into partisan positions that are almost unshakable, or are simply reacting to their overall perceptions of the president, whose perceived job performance is the single most important variable. Maybe her claims wouldn't have stood up to questioning and Democrats knew it, in which case the smart play was to find a way to excuse Ford from testifying and somehow make it Grassley's fault.

Kavanaugh has said he would appear at that hearing.

"You have stated repeatedly that Dr. Ford wants to tell her story. I sincerely hope that Dr Ford will accept my invitation to do so, either privately or publicly, on Monday".

What is the allegation against the judge?

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Ford, who claims Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were teens and he was a football star at Georgetown Prep, is calling for an FBI investigation before she testifies before the committee, so as not to be walking into a made-for-TV he-said-she-said storyline.

She says he pinned her to a bed and clamped his hand over her mouth when she attempted to scream.

Feinstein might have relished the idea of Kavanaugh withdrawing and the chaos that would cause, and could still happen, but she created a win-win situation.

"It's very unfair, I think, to - as you know, Justice Kavanaugh has been treated very, very tough, and his family", he said.

If Ms. Ford doesn't show on Monday, she will lose any credibility she might have and the committee and full Senate should follow Sen. In order to be appointed to the Supreme Court, Kavanaugh's nomination must now be confirmed by the US Senate, which the Republican Party controls 51-49.

Kavanaugh, Judge, and Smyth are saying that they don't remember a party "like" the one Ford described.

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