Ford Willing to Testify With Restrictions Next Thursday

Anita Hill spoke at a discussion about sexual harassment in December 2017

Willy Sanjuan Invision Associated Press File Anita Hill spoke at a discussion about sexual harassment in December 2017

Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh who's facing a sexual assault allegation has agreed to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Grassley told Hugh Hewitt on his radio show that Ford has not accepted his request to appear before the committee.

As for a pre-hearing investigation, Trump said: "I don't think the FBI should be involved because they don't want to be involved".

Blasey Ford is also opposed to being in the same room as Kavanaugh, and does not want outside counsel for the questioning portion, although The New York Times reported Thursday that Republican members of the committee had already chose to hire one to avoid the image of 11 male senators questioning Blasey Ford.

Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein is facing harsh criticism from her campaign opponent, state Sen. "Dr. Blasey is not simply 'Judge Kavanaugh's accuser.' Dr. Blasey is a human being with a life of her own".

"Right off the bat, what I have said is there should be an investigation", Nelson said.

"I have never done anything like what the accuser describes - to her or to anyone", Kavanaugh said on Monday.

Hill, who testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1991 that now-Justice Clarence Thomas had sexually harassed her, said senators should avoid a "sham" proceeding.

Mr Trump said the judge "is not a man that deserves this".

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Hume said that the request for an Federal Bureau of Investigation is part of delay tactics. She also said Mark Judge witnessed it.

"We're looking to get this done as soon as possible", Trump told reporters at the White House.

Sen. Susan Collins (R., Maine) wants each to testify under oath before the committee, and to answer questions from opposing counsel.

McConnell expressed confidence that Kavanaugh would be confirmed.

Ford and her legal team have until 5 p.m. ET Friday to respond to the Senate Republicans' offer, a separate source told CNN.

Ford does not want Kavanaugh in the room when she testifies and her team does not want an outside questioner on the Republican side to be brought in, a source in Ford's camp tells NPR's Nina Totenberg. However, she and her lawyers have been insisting on a full FBI investigation into the alleged, almost four-decades-old assault despite the FBI considering the case to be closed.

Questions around Kavanaugh's record, including his views on whether presidents can be criminally indicted while in office, have also swirled around his confirmation hearings. Days later, Ford gave a detailed interview to The Washington Post about her encounter with Kavanaugh.

"The FBI does not make any judgment about the credibility or significance of any allegation", the spokesperson said in a statement, noting that the bureau had already compiled a background report.

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