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Kavanaugh Accuser Says She Needs More Time to Consider Testifying Before Senate

22 September 2018

Even moderate Republican Senator Susan Collins of ME said it would be "unfair" to Kavanaugh if Ford decides to not appear, and others were urging leaders to proceed quickly to a vote. Ford wants to appear later in the week.

Ford has been sketchy on the details, the place and time, which has led some people to doubt her account.

Ford has contended that at a house party in Washington's Maryland suburbs, a drunken Kavanaugh tried undressing her and stifling her cries on a bed before she fled. Kavanaugh has denied the allegations.

"We're going to plow right through it", he said.

Rios also suggested, incorrectly, that Ford worked for the liberal billionaire George Soros - a claim echoed by several other attendees.

Groups of protesters, a lot of them women, clogged the lobby of Grassley's Senate office on Thursday and targeted other Republican lawmakers.

Then early Friday, Trump questioned Ford's credibility and challenged her to provide more evidence than the notes from a therapist reviewed by The Post. First, studies have shown that a minority of sexual assault survivors report their assault to authorities. Trump tweeted this morning.

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That's true, says Gregg Nunziata, former chief nominations counsel on the Senate Judiciary Committee and former policy adviser to Sen.

Ford is willing to tell her story - but only if agreement can be reached on "terms that are fair and which ensure her safety", her lawyer said on Thursday (Friday NZT). "You don't want her to be right, because it's a frightful situation".

Ms Collins and Alaskan Senator Lisa Murkowski are moderate Republicans who have voted with Democrats in the past, making them possible swing votes when it comes to Judge Kavanaugh. These are the conditions she is asking for, according to the Senate aides.

In addition to security, expected to be provided by Capitol Police, Ford has asked for press coverage of her testimony to be the same as for Kavanaugh.

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

Taylor Foy, spokesman for Grassley, said: "We are happy that Dr. Ford's attorneys are now engaging with the Committee". Grassley set a full public hearing under oath, only for Ford's lawyers to repeatedly not agree to have their client testify.

Bozell, who describes herself as an independent, said she found the timing of the allegations suspicious and believed Kavanaugh was an "upstanding man" who was being "smeared" and that his family was being torn apart.

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Ford wished to remain anonymous, but chose to speak to the Post amid fears she was on the verge of being outed.

Kavanaugh, meanwhile, has said he is ready to appear on Monday (Tuesday NZT).

Before the president's tweets Friday, counselor to the president, Kellyanne Conway told reporters there was "no reason" to attack Ford. "Up to this point, the Committee majority's treatment of Dr. Ford has unquestionably been worse than the disgraceful treatment that Anita Hill received 27 years ago", the Democrats wrote.

He said Mr Kavanaugh's accuser should "have her say and let's see how it all works out, but I don't think you can delay it any longer".

The scandal, which broke a week ago, has already delayed what previously seemed to be Kavanaugh's certain confirmation. The committee's 11 Republicans - all men - have been seeking an outside female attorney to interrogate Ford, mindful of the election-season impression that could be left by men trying to pick apart a woman's assertion of a sexual attack.

"I think the Democrat strategy-it was apparent on day one of the confirmation hearings-is to delay the nomination past the election, to delay the nominations to defeat the nomination".

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Kavanaugh Accuser Says She Needs More Time to Consider Testifying Before Senate