Kavanaugh's Sexual Assault Accuser Open to Testifying on Her Terms

Capitol Police arrest activists outside the office of Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley during protests against Judge Brett Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill

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"I'm providing a notice of a vote to occur Monday in the event that Dr. Ford's attorneys don't respond or Dr. Ford decides not to testify". Team Ford could meet his ultimatum by providing a response before 10:00 p.m.in which she did not decline to testify. The Senate should carefully weigh Ford's allegations - and Kavanaugh's denials - but Ford's decision not to tell authorities when she was 15 is not an important factor here. "She should decide so we can move on. The only red lines: Ensuring her safety and making sure she's NOT in the same room as Kavanaugh".

PORTLAND, ME - SEPTEMBER 21: U.S. Sen. "It's not my normal approach to b indecisive".

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.

Prof Ford and the Senate Judiciary Committee are engaged in a stand-off, and time is running out, the BBC's Gary O'Donoghue reports from Washington. "Your cavalier treatment of a sexual assault survivor who has been doing her best to cooperate with the Committee is completely inappropriate".

Trump addressed Ford's allegation in a tweet on Friday that questioned why she didn't come forward about her assault claim for over three decades. Kavanaugh has denied the accusation.

Kavanaugh has offered to testify "as soon as possible, so that I can clear my name", he wrote in a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley Thursday.

Ms Ford says Mr Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a Maryland house party in the early 1980s when both were high school students.

Afterward, Collins answered questions from reporters about President Donald Trump's Twitter remarks about the Judge Kavanaugh nomination.

After tweeting on Friday morning that Kavanaugh is "a fine man", Trump cast doubt on Ford's credibility, saying in a tweet that "if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says", charges would have been filed.

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The incident allegedly happened at a gathering of teenagers at a house, when Mr Kavanaugh and a friend allegedly "corralled" her into a bedroom.

"We know allegations of sexual assault are one of the most unreported crimes that exist", Ms Collins said at an event in Portland, the newspaper said. He was still elected president in November 2016.

Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand called Friday's comments a "vile attack". Republicans are well aware that, in the era of #MeToo, they can ill afford to look as if they are bullying a victim of sexual assault.

The party has agreed to limiting the hearing to one camera as requested by Ford and to not having Kavanaugh in the same room as her, the senator said.

No decisions have been made on if Ford's requests will be honored. Robert Byrd, D-N.C., said when new evidence arose about a Supreme Court nominee he had previously supported, "No individual has a particular right to a Supreme Court seat.If we are going to give the benefit of the doubt, let us give it to the court".

As the Twitter wars were playing out, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader, assured an audience of conservative Christians on Friday that Kavanaugh's confirmation would go through.

US Senator Susan Collins of ME offered her most extensive remarks yet about her nationally watched decision making as she considers whether or not to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court in the coming days.

"As you are aware, she has 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's lawyers said in a letter, The Washington Post and The New York Times reported.

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