Christine Blasey Ford, a 51-year-old research psychologist and professor who accused Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in the 1980s, has denied a viral rumor that suggested she could have "mistakenly" identified Kavanaugh for another high school classmate.
Cornyn said Thursday that he sees no reason to call additional witnesses, noting that the committee already held a full hearing on President Trump's nominee. "If it's legitimate, she has a legitimate complaint", Cordes said, her voice softening. Politico, citing an unnamed source, said Ford's lawyers wanted Kavanaugh to appear first. No decisions were reached, the aide said.
During the call, Blasey's legal team asked that Kavanaugh speak first at the hearing, according to Politico. 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".
Gillibrand also said Republicans aren't taking Ford's accusations seriously, citing a top Judiciary Committee staffer's now-deleted tweet that said Republicans are "unfazed and determined" to confirm Kavanaugh.
Q: Is Christine Blasey Ford accusing Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault as retribution for her parents' foreclosure case in the 1990s?
Kavanaugh said in a letter to Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley on Thursday that he "will be there" on Monday. "He's going for the Supreme Court".
Now, Ford's willingness to negotiate to appear later next week sets up the most dramatic and politically significant she-said-he-said since Anita Hill testified at the reopened Senate hearings on Justice Clarence Thomas' nomination to the court.
She continued: "She wishes to testify, provided that we can agree on terms that are fair and which ensure her safety".
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NBC News, citing a person involved in the confirmation process, reported that Kavanaugh was preparing for the hearing at the White House on Tuesday with coaching from senior officials including press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and White House counsel Don McGahn.
Katz reiterated that Ford would like the FBI to investigate before her testimony.
Ford's lawyers said on Tuesday she would testify before the committee only if the FBI first investigated her allegation.
Asked if he would ask the FBI to open a deeper investigation, Trump said he was content to "let the senators do it". Now, no one should expect Ford to remember every detail, but her testimony to the judicial committee is evidence in an investigation.
On Wednesday, Republicans, who have rebuffed Ford's request for Federal Bureau of Investigation intervention, urged Ford to accept their invitation to testify and signaled they'd forge ahead with Kavanaugh's confirmation. "They are totally intent on getting Judge Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court come hell or high water".
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell expressed confidence on Thursday that Kavanaugh will ultimately be confirmed.
Groups of protesters, a lot of them women, clogged the lobby of Grassley's Senate office on Thursday and targeted other Republican lawmakers.
Ford's allegation has jeopardized Kavanaugh's nomination to a lifetime post on the Supreme Court, which previously was on track toward confirmation. Since then, she's provided a detailed account of what happened at that house party more than three decades ago. The allegations have been denied by Kavanaugh, and Judge claims to have no recollection of the events described.