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The Senate Judiciary Chairman on Friday rejected key conditions that Brett Kavanaugh's accuser wants if she is to testify about her claim of sexual assault, and said his panel would vote Monday on Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination without an agreement.
The Senate, the committee chairman notes, "and only the Senate", is tasked with vetting a president's Supreme Court nominee.
He said Democrats obviously want to delay the vote until after November's midterm elections, but he said there is "no way" McConnell allows that to happen.
Ford's lawyers told the committee she refuses to appear at a hearing scheduled for Monday, where the accused nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, wants to give his side of the story. I'm extending the deadline for response yet again to 10 o'clock this evening.
"I have never done anything like what the accuser describes - to her or to anyone", he said in a statement Monday.
The university's president called Ford's decision to come forward courageous. It said Ford would testify first, then Kavanaugh.
White House officials remain confident Kavanaugh will be confirmed.
"We know that allegations of sexual assault - and I'm not saying that's what's happening in this case - but we know allegations of sexual assault are one of the most underreported crimes that exist", Collins told WMTW News 8. "I think everything's going to be just fine".
You demanded that the number of rounds and minutes per round of questions be equal for all senators. Events of the last few days have made it clear that the president, and the Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, are not going to let a woman's allegation of sexual assault, and a search for the truth, derail the train.
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McConnell isn't the only Republican to take heat for his comments about the allegation.
She says she was only saved from being raped after a friend intervened and pulled him off her.
"1000s & 1000s of strong women have kept being assaulted to themselves for a variety of understandable reasons", Schumer tweeted.
But for Republicans, particularly in the Senate, it appeared that the only outcome potentially worse than confirming Kavanaugh was not confirming him at all.
"In the very near future, Judge Kavanaugh will be on the United States Supreme Court", the Kentucky Republican said. But he also called for Ford's voice to be heard: "With all of that, I feel that the Republicans-and I can speak for myself-we should go through a process, because there shouldn't be even a little doubt".
Brett Kavanaugh's path to the Supreme Court is looking rocky. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., in his fourth tweet on the Kavanaugh nomination Friday, renewing his accusation that Feinstein and and Democrats held a letter from Ford in which she first raised the accusation against Kavanaugh "only to release it with a bang after the hearings were OVER", which Trump asserted was "done very purposefully to Obstruct & Resist & Delay".
She said Professor Ford needed time to make sure her family was secure, prepare her testimony and travel to Washington. Kavanaugh has repeatedly denied the accusations. A person familiar with the call said Ford could testify by next Thursday.
As the Kavanaugh #MeToo drama plays out on the national stage, observers are being cautioned about what to believe as reported by the mainstream media.
Through her lawyers, Ford said she wouldn't speak to the committee until the FBI investigates the incident, which allegedly occurred while Ford and Kavanaugh were in high school.
The Senate panel must approve Kavanaugh's confirmation before a vote by the full Senate, where Republicans hold a 51-49 majority.
Both families - Kavanaugh's and Ford's - have said they're getting death threats.