Chuck Grassley: Kavanaugh accuser has not yet agreed to testify

From left Sen. Ted Cruz R-Texas Sen. Cory Booker D-N.J. and Sen. Mike Lee R-Utah confer on the last day of the Senate Judiciary Committee's confirmation hearing for President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Capit

Showdown between Kavanaugh, accuser scheduled for next week

The lawyers for Ford predicted the hearing, as now scheduled, "would include interrogation by senators who appear to have made up their minds" that she is "mistaken" and mixed up.

President Trump has said he found it "hard to imagine that anything happened" between Brett Kavanaugh, his Supreme Court nominee, and a woman who claimed that he sexually assaulted her at a drunken party in 1982. "At the same time, however, her worst fears have materialized". Asked whether her being one of four women on the Senate Judiciary Committee impacts the Kavanaugh confirmation proceedings, Senator Hirono says, "I just want to say to the men of this country: Just shut up and step up".

"Her email has been hacked, and she has been impersonated online".

In the Senate, the issue of whether, when and if Ford might testify has ignited a furor, especially among Democratic women.

Yet comparing the account of Ford, who says the 17-year-old Kavanaugh jumped on top of her, tried to remove her clothes, and covered her mouth when she attempted to scream, to a more trivial encounter between kids could help pave the way for the judge's confirmation, said Colby Bruno, an advocate for sexual assault victims in MA. On Tuesday night, one of her attorneys, Lisa Banks, appeared on CNN.

"I think she must have had some sort of a terrible situation".

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Her original tweet, however, raises a slew of questions about who knew what and when regarding the alleged sexual assault, which Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court, has vigorously denied.

"No, I'm not", Mr Trump said when asked if he was concerned what Manafort might say. She had to weigh the risks to herself and her family in doing so. She was terrified, she said, that she would be in trouble if her parents realized she had been at a party where teenagers were drinking, and she anxious they might figure it out even if she did not tell them'. They've had tons of time to do this.

Even before Ford's eleventh-hour letter Tuesday, Senate Republicans were chafing at what they characterized as political obstruction from the Democrats, who have been eager to delay votes on Kavanaugh's confirmation for as long as possible since long before the allegation became public.

She told the newspaper a "handful" of people were at the party and gave the paper the names of two she remembered. "Karma is a [expletive] and it will be visiting you very very soon".

Harris asserted that agents in the FBI "are really well equipped to do this kind of investigation, but they're not being given the authority to do it" by the Justice Department or the Trump White House.

Neighbors told ABC7 News that Ford's sons had also received death threats. She said she was moved to create the campaign out of a desire to help Ford tell her story without her having to fear for her physical safety. "Is this a mistake, or is this something that he did that we would want him held to account for [and] rather than deny it, have him share how he has changed and or what he learned from that experience?"

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