"If they continue to contest those two things, there won't be a hearing".
Trump and his fellow Republicans initially took pains to be careful in their treatment of Kavanaugh's accuser, a psychology professor who had kept the experience a secret for decades. Shortly after they wrote her, she responded and said I need 24 hours to talk to my client.
"Its sole goal is to bully Dr. Ford and deprive her of the ability to make a considered decision that has life-altering implications for her and her family", Katz said in a statement.
"This accusation has to be looked at in terms of our legal system, Graham said".
"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", Trump said. Ford has alleged Kavanaugh was "stumbling drunk" when it happened. She said she was able to escape, but the Washington Post reported that she described the episode to a therapist in 2013 as a "rape attempt". If Republicans were hoping to intimidate Ford it didn't work. John Cornyn of Texas, a member of the committee. At her attorney and senators' behest, Grassley has extended negotiations six times. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley extended the deadline for a definitive response to 10 PM.
"We've made important progress", said Ford's attorneys Debra S. Katz, Lisa J. Banks, and Michael R. Bromwich. Michael Bromwich, a former Justice Department inspector general who has been representing former Federal Bureau of Investigation deputy director Andrew McCabe, announced Saturday that he was resigning from his law firm, Robbins Russell, to work with Ford. Grassley said that if she missed that deadline, he would scrap the hearing and his committee would vote on sending Kavanaugh's nomination to the full Senate. Yet they remained "hopeful that we can reach agreement on details".
Kavanaugh has vehemently denied the accusation and gave testimony to judiciary staff on Tuesday. The panel has invited him to do so. They could also use Republican staff attorneys on the committee. They have centered on several points that have spurred some disagreements, including the prospect of a hearing on Wednesday instead of Thursday. And in an email obtained by USA TODAY, a lawyer for a woman Ford also said was at the house said she didn't know Kavanaugh and that she did not remember the party.
"If this process to secure her testimony falls apart, the fault is totally and clearly on the Republican leadership", Sen.
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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.
Kavanaugh, a conservative federal appeals court judge, has denied the allegations and said he would be willing to testify. Reportedly, she is a lifelong friend of Blasey (now, Blasey Ford).
As if that weren't enough, an employee of CRC on loan to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Garrett Ventry, resigned for falsifying his résumé and for alleged sexual harassment.
Garrett Ventry submitted his resignation Friday, he said in a brief telephone interview Saturday.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, speaking at a gathering of evangelical voters in Washington, assured them Kavanaugh would be confirmed.
Earlier Saturday, Vice-President Mike Pence called Kavanaugh "a man of integrity with impeccable credentials".
Grassley had set a Friday night deadline for Ford to agree to the committee's latest terms for her appearance. They agreed to limit press access to the hearing, including allowing only one television camera in the hearing room.