Fourth Witness To Alleged Kavanaugh Assault Says It Didn't Happen

Fourth Witness To Alleged Kavanaugh Assault Says It Didn't Happen

Fourth Witness To Alleged Kavanaugh Assault Says It Didn't Happen

Christine Blasey Ford will testify in an open hearing on Thursday at 10 a.m. about what she says was a sexual assault by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh at a party decades ago, her lawyers said on Sunday, even as negotiations continue over certain details.

Grassley and other Republican leaders were gearing up to muscle Kavanaugh's confirmation through without testimony from the accuser, until her lawyers on Thursday began negotiations for the hearing.

"I have no knowledge of the party in question; nor do I have any knowledge of the allegations of improper conduct she has leveled against Brett Kavanaugh", his lawyer wrote in a letter, which also included a ringing endorsement of Kavanaugh's nomination.

Author Deborah Copaken also defended Prof Ford in the Atlantic, and pointed out that the power Brett Kavanaugh would have as a Supreme Court judge meant it was vital that her allegations were taken seriously.

Grassley's stance reflected a desire by Trump and GOP leaders to usher the 53-year-old Kavanaugh onto the high court by the October 1 start of its new session and before the November elections, when Democrats are mounting a robust drive to grab congressional control.

But FBI officials have said they are not looking into the matter.

Graham, speaking on "Fox News Sunday", promised a fair hearing in which both Ford and Kavanaugh "will be challenged" but said "unless there's something more" to back up her accusation, then he's "not going to ruin Judge Kavanaugh's life over this".

He also reinterred his full support for Judge Kavanaugh who he described as a "fine man, with an impeccable reputation". The GOP has faced enormous pressure from its base of conservative leaders and voters to swiftly approve Mr Kavanaugh, who would become the second of Trump's nominees to sit on the nation's highest court. She can not recall the place or date, however, and appears to remember other key details such as who was present incorrectly.

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

"Republican committee staff told Ford's attorneys that they would be unwilling to accept what they characterized as a "demand" that only senators be permitted to ask questions of the witnesses". "But she should come forward".

On Friday, President Donald Trump sought to cast doubt on Ford's allegation.

The New Yorker notes that even the Trump White House "appears to have given up any hope of silencing Ford or dismissing her claims entirely".

Kavanaugh had seemed to gain momentum among Republican senators this week, with growing numbers saying it was approaching time to vote and those who'd voiced concern about Ford's charges stopping short of expressing opposition to Kavanaugh.

Tensions have been running on overdrive since Ford went public last week with her allegation that Kavanaugh assaulted her when they in high school.

But the team will use the calendar to argue to the senators on the Judiciary Committee that they do not provide corroboration for Ford's account of a small party in a house where he pinned her to a bed, groped her and stopped her from screaming.

"At this point, she's faced death threats".

After several days of maintaining a relatively neutral posture, Trump on Friday declared that Ford could not be believed. Given all the time that's passed, I wondered if perhaps Ford had actually been to such a party and suffered an assault, but it was with someone else and her mind was just filling in a blank with Kavanaugh's name.

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