Blasey Ford 'Committed To Moving Forward With An Open Hearing On Thursday'

Kavanaugh denied the incident occurred calling it

One woman told The New Yorker in an article Sunday that the federal appeals court judge sexually assaulted her at a college party in the 1980s.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer and Senator Dianne Feinstein, the committee's top Democrat, urged Trump on Sunday to direct the Federal Bureau of Investigation to thoroughly investigate Ford's allegations and report back to the Senate as soon as possible.

As Republicans considered their next move in private talks, they also made it clear they viewed Ford's offer as a way to delay voting on President Donald Trump's pick for the court. The New Yorker was unable to confirm with other eyewitnesses that Kavanaugh was at the party.

Kavanaugh said in a statement, "This alleged event from 35 years ago did not happen".

Among those who have been contacted: a friend of Ford, who USA TODAY isn't naming to protect her privacy because she is seemingly not connected to the confirmation process.

Ford and Kavanaugh are set to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday to address the allegations after a week of fraught public negotiations between Ford's attorneys and Senate Republicans. "I knew that's not what I wanted, even in that state of mind". Trump has called her allegation into question, writing on Twitter on Friday that "if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents".

The president's comments infuriated Democrats, dismayed many Republicans and risked further alienating women voters ahead of the November 6 mid-term elections, in which Democrats have a chance to win control of the House and perhaps the Senate.

"Judiciary staff reached out to our office and asked for a connection to someone who might be helpful should Deborah Ramirez decide to come forward with an allegation related to that made by Dr. Ford", said a statement from spokesperson Laurie Cipriano. Just this weekend, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told supporters of Kavanaugh not to worry - "We're going to plow right through it", he said.

Her escape came only when Judge, who was in the room with them, jumped on top of the pair, she says.

Kavanaugh appeared on a likely path to confirmation in a Senate controlled by the GOP 51-49 until Ford's allegation came to light on September 13, when Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California told the Federal Bureau of Investigation about unspecified information she received in July about the nominee. An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Thursday found that 38% of respondents opposed Kavanaugh's nomination, marking the first time since the poll began in 2005 that more Americans opposed a Supreme Court nomination than supported it.

Ms Katz had called Mr Grassley's original deadline "arbitrary" and said its "sole goal 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".

The result is the festival of misdirection and ugliness that now surrounds the effort to secure Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh's confirmation. In other words, there's no real agreement yet since we've heard this story before. "We will be demanding the opportunity to present testimony to the committee and will likewise be demanding that Judge and others be subpoenaed to testify".

The letter says Ford "accepts" the committee's request that in the coming week she would "provide her first-hand knowledge of Brett Kavanaugh's sexual misconduct". "Somebody yelled down the hall, 'Brett Kavanaugh just put his penis in Debbie's face, '" she said.

Kavanaugh was questioned by committee staff last week.

"This is EXACTLY why Dr Ford didn't want to come forward", Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill), said in a tweet.

"I don't think that's true, I really don't", Durbin said.

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