Ford lawyers say she is open to testifying, but not Monday

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Blasey Ford's lawyers have told the committee she can not appear at its hearing scheduled for Monday, calling the date Republicans set "arbitrary", according to The Washington Post and The New York Times.

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

In their letter, Ford's attorneys had further stated that Ford wished the FBI to investigate her claims before he came before the committee.

Chuck Grassley, the committee's Republican chairman, on Wednesday sent a letter to Ford's lawyers giving her until 10 a.m. on Friday to submit prepared testimony if she meant to show up on Monday.

Kavanaugh is accused of sexually assaulting Christine Blasey Ford decades ago when the two were in high school.

Several female lawmakers spoke out on Thursday about what they see as the rushed confirmation process for Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh in the wake of a sexual assault allegation. The president also called the treatment of Kavanaugh "very unfair" and said that his nominee is "such an outstanding man, it's very hard for me to imagine anything happened".

An anti-Zionist student group at The New School in NY appeared to justify the recent killing of an Israeli-American man by a. Ford wrote that Kavanaugh pushed her into a bedroom along with another male companion.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell expressed confidence on Thursday that Kavanaugh will ultimately be confirmed.

It remained unclear, though, whether Ford would attend or if the hearing would occur without her.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a New York Democrat, said at the event: "Someone who is lying does not ask the FBI to investigate their claims". No one would say what the letter alleged but the Intercept knew that Feinstein knew something about it.

All of which is a long way of asking: Who do you suppose it was that tipped the media to Ford's accusations, putting them in a position to "out" her at the eleventh hour?

Dr Christine Blasey Ford had, in late July, written in confidence to Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, with her allegations.

Flake is a persistent critic of President Trump and a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is vetting Kavanaugh's nomination for a lifetime post on America's highest court.

Grassley, an Iowa Republican, told Democrats on the committee on Wednesday that he had no further patience for delays in Kavanaugh's confirmation process. Republicans have said the Federal Bureau of Investigation would be doing nothing more than what committee staffers could achieve by interviewing Kavanaugh and Ford.

Demonstrators have congregated in a Senate office building to protest Republicans' handling of the sexual-assault accusation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

And critics say a witness like Blasey Ford doesn't have the right to demand an investigation before she testifies. The committee also set a Monday hearing that requests Ford and Kavanaugh to testify publicly.

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