Kavanaugh accuser agrees to testify before Senate committee next week

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Abandoning his previous restraint, President Donald Trump has challenged the credibility of the woman accusing his Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault, declaring that if the alleged attack was so awful she would have reported it to law enforcement.

Ford's request for security comes after her lawyers said she has relocated her family due to death threats. She has until the end of today to accept or reject these terms, according to Politico.

Ford also requested that at no point during any potential hearing would she be in the same room as Kavanaugh. They intimated to the news network that her dislike of small spaces and planes is due to trauma she has experienced.

As Republicans negotiate with Ford's lawyers over testimony, they are balancing multiple political constituencies.

Sen. Grassley responded by saying, "come to us or we come to you" and implored Professor Ford to let the Senate judiciary committee know if she was willing to testify or not.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell played verbal hardball of his own, drawing a standing ovation when he assured a gathering of evangelical activists that the conservative Kavanaugh would soon be a justice.

The committee held off a vote on Judge Kavanaugh in order to accommodate Ms. Blasey Ford's testimony, but her lawyers have demanded the GOP have the FBI first investigate her allegation, allow her to testify after Judge Kavanaugh in a different room, and give her an unlimited amount of time to make her opening statement.

"Her strong preference continues to be for the Senate Judiciary Committee to allow for a full investigation prior to her testimony", the letter said.

Ford said a drunken Kavanaugh "put his hand over her mouth" at a high school party and "groped" her - an accusation he denies.

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"Your cavalier treatment of a sexual assault survivor who has been doing her best to cooperate with the committee is completely inappropriate".

Professor Ford has told the panel she would prefer the committee not use outside counsel to question her because that would make it seem too much like a trial, the attorney told the panel.

Trump went on to suggest that he already considers Kavanaugh likely to surmount the row and be confirmed to the lifetime appointment.

Trump's Friday tweets contrasted with comments earlier in the week when he said Ford should be heard, even if it meant a delay in the confirmation process.

On Monday, Kavanaugh is scheduled to testify before the Republican-led Senate Judiciary Committee. Or maybe a hybrid approach in which she agrees to nearly everything, but clings to a demand or two she thinks will find sympathy with Senators like Susan Collins - just to keep this ridiculous dance going.

Had Ford's lawyers not responded to the proposal or if Ford decided not to testify by the deadline, Grassley said, the committee would vote on Kavanaugh's nomination Monday.

"I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!" he tweeted. They also wanted the hearing to be on Thursday.

"We reserve the option to have female staff attorneys, who are sensitive to the particulars of Dr. Ford's allegations and are experienced investigators, question both witnesses", the letter said.

Dr Ford has yet to give her full account in public and said the FBI should investigate her claim.

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