President Trump has ended what had been a notably restrained response to the accusation by Christine Blasey Ford that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her more than 30 years ago. In the event that we can come to a reasonable resolution as I've been seeking all week, then I will postpone the committee vote to accommodate her testimony.
However, she rejected a deadline of late Friday imposed by the committee's Republican leader to agree to his terms for the hearing, which he said should take place next Wednesday.
At issue are logistics - Christine Blasey Ford's security, her questioners, the placement of reporters and who is allowed in the hearing room.
The new demand comes after nearly a full business week since first being offered the opportunity to testify in any one of a number of ways, including in open committee and behind closed doors, as to her allegation that Kavanaugh and another teenager attacked and groped her at a high school party more than 35 years ago. She wants both to testify under oath and said it would be "very helpful in making my assessment" on how to vote.
On "America's Newsroom" on Friday, former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer said Ford should be given the opportunity to go on the record in a congressional hearing, but Republicans will make sure that hearing is not delayed.
You demanded that Judge Kavanaugh be the first person to testify.
Timing in the case, however, has serious implications for Kavanaugh's confirmation.
President Trump continues to support the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh.
Both families - Kavanaugh's and Ford's - have said they're getting death threats. On Monday, the Department of Justice weighed in on the matter, asserting Ford's allegation as it stands does "not involve any potential federal crime" warranting the FBI's involvement. Republicans, whose 11 committee members are all male, have looked for a female lawyer to handle Ford's examination.
"I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says", Trump wrote, "charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents".
Ford's supporters said McConnell's comments Friday morning proved that he was not serious about hearing the California professor's side of the story and was just doing it for appearances.
Brett Kavanaugh (left) has volunteered to testify in new hearings if Ford (right) is willing to appear. "I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place", Trump tweeted.
Davis said she couldn't remember details like the month the incident occurred, nor whether she had declined cocaine that was offered at the meeting. Having an outside counsel would seem too much like a trial, her attorney told the committee.
"I was appalled by the president's tweet", she told United States media.
The president's previous restraint this week, even as he repeatedly defended Kavanaugh and criticized Democrats, surprised many Republicans determined to salvage the nomination.
On Friday, the women speaking in defense of the nominee elaborated they were not trying to "impugn Ford's character or motives", but rather to voice support for a man they know and respect. Kavanaugh has denied the accusation.
During his 2016 presidential campaign alone, he was accused by more than a dozen women of sexual misconduct and endured the release of a 2005 video that captured him boasting about groping women.
The Senate panel must approve Kavanaugh's confirmation before a vote by the full Senate, where Republicans hold a 51-49 majority.
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