Judge Kavanaugh's Accuser's Lawyers Reject Offers to Testify as 'Unfair'

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Republicans in the Senate are insisting she testify Monday - either publicly or privately.

Here's why. Prior to her latest response, the growing expectation in Washington was that Kavanaugh's confirmation had been righted after being rocked by Ford's allegation last week. It said the telephone discussion ended with no decision.

What did Dr Ford's lawyer say?

Ford now says that she does not plan to testify until the FBI investigates her allegations.

Republicans are resisting all Democratic efforts to slow and perhaps block what once seemed a smooth path to confirmation that would promote the conservative appeals court judge by the October 1 opening of the Supreme Court's new term.

Grassley announced later that he would convene a hearing with both Ford and Kavanaugh, who has denied her allegations, on the coming Monday.

Her position mirrored that of Senate Democrats, who complained that Republicans were trying to rush through a cursory examination of her charges so as to expeditiously confirm Kavanaugh. Her lawyer told CNN she's now receiving death threats over the allegation.

Although he is inflexible on the Monday date, he's offering her four options for testifying: an open hearing; a closed committee hearing; and either public or private question-and-answer by transcription.

In one obstacle that must be overcome, attorney Debra Katz's email said a hearing Monday is "not possible" and that scheduling it that day "is arbitrary in any event". But he said the Judiciary Committee should consider proceeding with a vote if she does not testify under oath. Ford's attorneys said Tuesday that she did not want to testify without an FBI investigation into the matter first, a call that Grassley rebuffed. She said that Democrats' call for an FBI investigation, however, is improper, because the FBI's role in the confirmation process is to gather information, not make interpretations of it.

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Moderate Republican Senator Susan Collins of ME, who has had her share of clashes with Mr Trump, said she hoped Ms Ford would reconsider a decision not to testify and "it's not fair to Judge Kavanaugh" if she refuses.

The confirmation fight has unfolded ahead of November 6 congressional elections in which Democrats are seeking to take control of Congress from Trump's fellow Republicans.

According to the New York Times, evangelical leaders are putting pressure on the GOP leadership, warning that religious conservatives may stay home and not vote in the midterm elections unless Senate Republicans do more to defend Kavanaugh and get him seated. The Senate Judiciary Committee has yet to see it.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Capitol Police arrested 56 people on Thursday in anti-Kavanaugh protests What are members of Congress saying?

The protesters on Thursday swarmed a range of Senate offices, including those of Sen. Dianne Feinstein stating that he believed Ford should have the opportunity to testify in a hearing.

The Washington Post was first to report on the statement. She accused Kavanaugh of attacking her and trying to remove her clothing while he was drunk at a party when he was 17 years old and she was 15.

Kavanaugh flatly denied Ford's allegations: "I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation".

"I think it's ironic that we have senators who are deciding about who is going to sit on the highest court, but they can't really put partisanship aside long enough to put together a fair hearing to get to the truth about this situation".

Asked his response to Democrats, he told reporters Wednesday, "A simple answer to that would be why didn't Dianne Feinstein send the request to the Federal Bureau of Investigation on July the 30th instead of now?" "I did not do this back in high school or at any time", Kavanaugh said in a statement.