Lawyer: Ford can testify next week if terms fair

Lawyer: Ford can testify next week if terms fair

Lawyer: Ford can testify next week if terms fair

Republican sources on Capitol Hill say it's uncertain if the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing scheduled for Monday to address the sexual assault accusation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will actually occur. Mr Grassley said in an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt.

Kavanaugh has strongly denied the incident in which Ford says he pinned her down and covered her mouth while trying to undress her when he was 17 and she 15.

Ford's attorneys say she wants the FBI to investigate her allegation before she testifies.

The Justice Department said in a statement on Monday that the sexual-assault allegation "does not involve any potential federal crime" to warrant an FBI investigation, according to the Associated Press.

He said senators hearing Ford's accusations, if she testifies, "will open it up and they will do a very good job" considering Ford's allegations and Kavanaugh's denial.

"I have never done anything like what the accuser describes - to her or to anyone", he said. "I've said from the beginning that these are very serious allegations and she deserves to be heard".

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Mr. Trump's tweets come as Ford, her lawyers and the Senate Judiciary negotiate her possible testimony next week.

A hearing would represent a potential make-or-break moment for the conservative federal appeals court judge's confirmation chances for the lifetime post on the top US court, as Trump pursues his goal of moving the federal judiciary to the right. Specifically, she said the committee should look at improving the way her own testimony played out before lawmakers.

"And so this whole thing is: You have the power of the White House, Kavanaugh over here". A public hearing is scheduled for next Monday, and both Kavanaugh and Ford were expected to testify after both had indicated a willingness to do so. Trump continued, "let her testify, or not, and TAKE THE VOTE!" She also has questioned the speed of the hearing and the fact that there will be only two witnesses, Kavanaugh and Ford. "Grassley requested it, they would do an investigation", said Leahy. Ford, who's now a college professor in California, went public with her allegation in an article published by The Washington Post on Sunday.

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

However, Ford believes, as do Democrats like Hillary Clinton, that an FBI investigation is a necessary precursor to her appearance (even as Fox News reports that won't happen, because this is a "political" matter).

Republicans, some of whom see the allegations as a stalling tactic by Democrats to thwart Kavanaugh's confirmation, have been pushing to confirm him before November's midterm elections, when they could lose their 51-49 majority control of the Senate.

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