REJECTED: Attorney for Kavanaugh's Accuser Asks for More Time Beyond Friday Deadline

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The event is the latest effort by allies of President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee to counter the allegation of sexual assault that may have the potential to derail his confirmation to the high court.

Mr Trump's change in tone - and apparent shift in tactics - came as Christine Blasey Ford's lawyers negotiated with the Senate Judiciary Committee on the terms for her possible testimony next week in a dramatic showdown over her accusation that threatens Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation. That 10:00 p.m. Eastern deadline was imposed after Grassley's relenting from a 10:00 a.m. deadline to let the Judiciary Committee know if Ford would be testifying under oath on Monday. "I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place", Trump tweeted.

The president previously had avoided naming Christine Blasey Ford or casting doubt on her account.

Now a 51-year-old California psychology professor, Ford says an inebriated Kavanaugh pinned her on a bed, muffled her cries and tried removing her clothes when both were teenagers in the 1980s.

"The most powerful man in the world just used his position and platform to attack a sexual assault survivor", she said on Twitter.

That isn't clear. What Feinstein has said is that Ford asked her to keep the letter confidential.

As for Trump's FBI comment - referencing Ford's desire for the FBI to investigate her accusations before her hearing - there is no reason why the FBI would have been involved 36 years ago.

Trump expressed support for Kavanaugh, saying "it's very hard for me to imagine" that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted Ford.

The nominee also has wide backing from Republicans, with Senate Judiciary chairman Chuck Grassley, the White House, and former President George W. Bush all reaffirming their commitment to his confirmation.

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And Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), said the president should call for the FBI to investigate if he wanted to "get to the bottom" of Blasey's account.

In a series of tweets, the president again delivered his full support for Judge Kavanaugh, saying he was a "fine man, with an impeccable reputation". Both Republicans and Democrats say she be heard.

The details of the alleged assault during a gathering of teenagers at a house in Montgomery County, Maryland, were carried in the Washington Post last Sunday when Prof Ford chose to go public.

Grassley said he'd schedule a hearing for Wednesday, not Thursday, as Ford prefers. Kavanaugh has repeatedly denied the allegations. Less than seven weeks before elections in which Democrats could capture congressional control, moderate female voters will be pivotal in many races and the #MeToo movement has elevated the political potency of how women alleging abuse are treated.

Trump told Hannity on Thursday night that the Senate Judiciary Committee should move swiftly to finish vetting Kavanaugh.

The professor said since she made the claims she has "been the target of vicious harassment". Kavanaugh and his wife also had received threats, a senior White House official said.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, speaking at a gathering of evangelical voters in Washington, assured them Kavanaugh would be confirmed. Ford's lawyers had requested that she go second.

She said she doesn't think the FBI should investigate, pointing out that Kavanaugh has already undergone Federal Bureau of Investigation background checks six times for successive appointments.