Also unclear is what day she might come to Capitol Hill and whether she's offering to speak in a public session or a private one. They could also use Republican staff attorneys on the committee. Chuck Grassley, to respond to the panel's latest offer.
Some have said there should not be a vote on his confirmation until Prof Ford has been heard. "It's a clever way to push off the vote Monday without committing to appear Wednesday". The official was not authorized to publicly discuss the negotiations and spoke on condition of anonymity.
If Ford doesn't testify on Monday, the public hearing would be canceled.
"I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr Ford was as bad as she says", Trump wrote, "charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents". She referred to Ford as a "survivor of attempted rape" - even though Kavanaugh has denied her accusation, and every witness Ford has mentioned has contradicted her account. A spokesman for the committee's chairman, Sen. "Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, tweeted "#Rope-a-dope", referencing a boxing strategy of trying to tire out opponents by making them consistently go on offense. The letter, which says the attorneys are "disappointed with the leaks and the bullying that have tainted the process", asked for further negotiations for conditions at the expected hearing. The lengthy talks were hampered by a disagreement over who will question Ford at the hearing, according to an email exchange obtained by NPR.
A spokesman for GOP Sen. Grassley lamented in a tweet Friday that with all the deadline extensions, he felt like he was playing "2nd trombone in the judiciary orchestra", and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., was the conductor.
He also reinterred his full support for Judge Kavanaugh who he described as a "fine man, with an impeccable reputation".
The committee earlier Friday had set a deadline of 5 p.m. ET for Ford to decide, later extending that to 10 p.m.
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"Despite actual threats to her safety and her life, Dr. Ford believes it is important for Senators to hear directly from her about the sexual assault committed against her", said the statement from attorneys Debra Katz, Lisa Banks and Michael Bromwich. She says Kavanaugh was drunk at the time and forced her onto a bed and groped her before she was able to get away.
"She shld decide so we can move on". "I want to listen to Dr. Ford". I hope u understand. "It's not my normal approach to b indecisive", Grassley wrote. This is something that she has carried with her just as so many victims do.
"I have not communicated at all with [White House counsel] Donald McGahn or anyone at the White House, or Judge Kavanaugh, about the topic of the Twitter thread", Ed Whelan said in a brief interview with The Washington Post. Kavanaugh has said that he wants to testify before the Judiciary Committee about the matter.
"Women share their secrets with each other, and women across the country are more than sensitive about this".
He said Ford's team is still contesting the committee's insistence that only Ford and Kavanaugh testify, and that outside counsel be brought in to question them.
Ford alleges Kavanaugh assaulted her at a party when they were teens.
That's because the Iowa Republican's tweet read like a direct message to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Ford dropped her initial request for an FBI investigation of her allegations.
The brinkmanship over whether Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's accuser will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee has come to a standstill, for now.