US Top Court Nominee Accuser Agrees To Testify On Sex Assault Allegation

The nation's capital was up late Sunday reacting to the news of a second woman claiming Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her decades ago

The nation's capital was up late Sunday reacting to the news of a second woman claiming Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her decades ago

The Senate Judiciary Committee and lawyers for the woman who has accused Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers reached a tentative agreement Saturday for her to publicly testify on Thursday.

US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh denies the allegations by Christine Blasey Ford.

Some of those details included whether Ford would testify to the committee before or after Kavanaugh; whether the committee would subpoena a possible witness to the alleged assault, Kavanaugh's boyhood friend Mark Judge; and who would conduct the questioning.

Kavanaugh's confirmation would solidify conservative control of the Supreme Court and advance Trump's goal of moving the high court and the broader federal judiciary to the right.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley had requested that Ford respond to his invitation to testify before the Senate by Saturday afternoon.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham told Fox News that Ford "will be treated fairly but we're not going to turn the hearing over to her lawyers".

Republicans on the committee and Ford's lawyers had disagreed on numerous counts.

Ford's accusations and the standoff over the terms of her appearance have left the appeals court judge's confirmation in jeopardy.

Pence also says that he and President Donald Trump are confident that Republicans will handle that process "with the utmost respect for all concerned".

"I want to listen to her, but I'm being honest with you and everybody else".

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Some have said there should not be a vote on his confirmation until Prof Ford has been heard. "The White House sees this as not an acceptance".

The testimony will be a public hearing at 10:00 AM ET on Thursday. In a single tweet Friday, Trump broke his silence to cast doubt on Ford's story in ways Republicans had been carefully trying to avoid. Kavanaugh also implored the Judiciary Committee to hold a hearing the following day so he could clear himself.

Republicans say they have bent over backward to accommodate Ford's requests.

A woman who made sexual assault allegations against Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee has agreed to give evidence to the Senate.

He made no reference to Ms Ford, but he said he is confident Mr Kavanaugh will soon join the high court. With Republicans fearful that Democrats could wrest control of the U.S. House of Representatives and even the Senate from them in November elections, Trump urged his supporters to get out and vote for the party's candidates, saying the economic measures he has put in place could be hanging in the balance. On "This Week", Durbin said it could be either Wednesday or Thursday, adding, "at least that what I heard in a conference call last night".

Earlier Saturday amid the latest deadline standoff Vice President Mike Pence called Kavanaugh "a man of integrity with impeccable credentials".

The order of testimonies is the opposite of what Ford, through her lawyers, has requested, according to a senior congressional source.

Ford's legal team has said she strongly prefers that her allegations are fully investigated before she testifies.

Media captionAlumni of Ford's school: "We believe her" Why is it the hearing important?

Ford alleges Kavanaugh assaulted her at a party when they were teens. An aide to a member of the Senate's Democratic leadership told CNN that, "outside counsel doesn't vote on Kavanaugh".

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