Senate GOP gives counteroffer to Christine Blasey Ford for hearing

Senate Majority Leader Mitch Mc Connell speaks to the 2018 Values Voters Summit in Washington on Friday

Christine Blasey Ford may testify against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after all, her attorney said Thursday, breathing new life into the prospect of a dramatic Senate showdown next week over Ford's accusation that he assaulted her when both were in high school.

Maine Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican who supports abortion rights and is expected to be a swing vote on Kavanaugh, said she was "appalled by the President's tweet", the Associated Press reported. He has staunchly denied her account. That is precisely what the Senate is doing.' OK, maybe, but have you seen who's on the Senate Judiciary Committee? The Republican-controlled panel set a hearing for Monday. He was at the White House on Thursday for the fourth consecutive day, as he prepares for possible testimony.

Their allies and opponents are issuing ferocious statements, further electrifying the election season atmosphere.

"As you are aware, she's been receiving death threats which have been reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and she and her family have been forced out of their home". Ford has demanded that the hearing be scheduled for Thursday, which the source said is still among the things under negotiation.

On Friday morning, Trump tweeted, "I have no doubt 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 one being investigated uses vulgar language and suggests violence.

Yesterday Ford, through her lawyers, offered to appear next week - after a days-long standoff with committee Chairman Sen. Trump has refused to ask for that.

He added: "I can only say this, he is such an outstanding man, very hard for me to imagine that anything happened". But, she said overall the White House has "played it smart", targeting Democrats instead of the accuser herself.

The president's tweet brought blistering rejoinders from Democrats and a mix of silence and sighs of regret from his own party.

Kavanaugh has adamantly denied the allegations, which have placed his Supreme Court nomination in jeopardy.

-Monday is too soon. At one point, Ford said that Kavanaugh placed his hand over her mouth to keep her from making any noises.

Ford's attorneys want Ford to testify after Kavanaugh, not appear in the same room as him and face no questioning by outside attorneys. Earlier on Thursday, Kavanaugh said he wanted to testify even if Ford did not show.

-Ford would prefer that senators, and not an outside counsel hired by Republicans, question her.

The nomination of Brett Kavanaugh has been held up while the allegations of Christine Blasey Ford are assessed.

The GOP is defending House and Senate majorities in the election, and though Trump is not on the ballot November 6, the contest is widely considered a referendum on his stewardship.

During his 2016 presidential campaign alone, he was accused by more than a dozen women of sexual misconduct and endured the release of a 2005 video that captured him boasting about groping women.

Inside the Senate, split 51-49, only six Republicans are women.

In contrast, four Democrats are women - some with ambitions to challenge Trump in 2020.

"It's tricky, perilous business", said Democratic strategist Jim Manley, a former Senate aide who handled Senate Judiciary confirmations. Democrats were in charge, and the spectacle is widely regarded as a Senate embarrassment.

Gumeson, a Republican, said that times have changed, and she's glad, but that she didn't believe people should try to apply today's standards retroactively.

The president's comments came as the Judiciary Committee continued negotiations with Ford's attorneys over her potential testimony. Biden, who chaired the Thomas hearing and is considering running for president, said he regrets the way Hill was treated.

Ford's lawyers said on Tuesday she would testify before the committee only if the FBI first investigated her allegation.

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