Kavanaugh accuser Christine Ford opens door to testifying next week

President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is sworn in before the Senate Judiciary Commi

"That being said, let her have her say and let's see how it all works out".

The woman accusing Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's U.S. Supreme Court nominee, of sexual assault told a Senate committee she would be willing to testify later next week as a Friday deadline set by the Republican-led panel loomed. Minutes later he claimed Blasey Ford wouldn't filed charges as a teenager if the alleged assault was "as bad as she says".

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.

The Senate is narrowly controlled by Republicans, who have embraced the idea of a quick vote on Kavanaugh's nomination if Ford does not to testify.

Blasey Ford's lawyers have told the committee she can not appear at its hearing scheduled for Monday, calling the date Republicans set "arbitrary", according to The Washington Post and The New York Times.

There is a sleight of hand that has allowed Grassley to turn a blind eye to this pivotal piece of evidence.

Supporters of Kavanaugh have also rallied behind him, while people backing Ford protested in Congress on Thursday. "He remains committed to providing a fair forum for both Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh".

But wait. If Mark Judge's letter to the Judiciary Committee is sufficient to make its Republican members accept the contents of the letter at face value, why don't they do the same for the letter Dr Ford sent to ranking Committee member Diane Feinstein? However, Judge's testimony would allow the Committee to determine if Judge is claiming that he is certain Ford's account of events did not happen.

Although inferring otherwise, Whelan said he's not insinuating that the man he publicly named and shared photos of did anything wrong, or that Ford is now "mistakenly remembering" this man as Kavanaugh. These are two very different positions and Judge's letter nearly appears to go out of its way to not distinguish one from the other.

Twelve of Prof Ford's family members have written an open letter, posted on Twitter, in which they call her "highly ethical", adding that "her honesty is above reproach". Trump and other Republicans, cautious of alienating women, have treated Ford carefully while calling for a quick vote. Christine Ford's allegations Friday, asking why she or her "loving parents" did not "immediately file charges" after the alleged attack.

He told the Hill.TV in an interview published Wednesday that the Democrats' attack on Kavanaugh "is no different than the Russian witch hunt" - a reference to the investigation into possible collusion between his presidential campaign and Moscow.

"Why didn't somebody call the Federal Bureau of Investigation 36 years ago?" he said. They have ensured that there are only two witnesses to an allegation of sexual assault against a man who will receive a lifetime appointment that will a shape a generation.

"We continue to give her a lot of time".

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A senior White House official said Kavanaugh and his wife also have received threats.

Whatever the reason, Kavanaugh is already on the track.

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