Accuser of Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh agrees to testify to Senate committee

Media playback is unsupported on your device                  Media caption Why it can take sexual assault allegations years to come out

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Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, initially wanted her account to remain secret but she has since come forward after it leaked.

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". "Can we set up a time later this afternoon to continue negotiations?"

In one of a series of tweets on Friday, he said: "I have no doubt. that, if the attack on Dr Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed".

In the clip, the women, including Sosa, unanimously say the believe Kavanaugh's denial that any encounter ever took place between himself and Christine Blasey Ford, a Palo Alto University professor.

Ford committed to an "open" hearing after negotiators convened a call on Sunday, her attorneys said in a statement.

Kavanaugh denies knowledge of any such assault and wants to give his side of the story to the committee.

It remains to be seen if Republicans either themselves or through an outside lawyer have the nerve to grill Ford about the attack on her and the lifetime of trauma it unleashed.

Ford alleges that Kavanaugh drunkenly assaulted her at a party when he was 17, she was 15 and they were attending private schools outside Washington in the 1980s.

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At the hearing, Ford will be seated at the witness table alongside two of her attorneys and will be escorted by a detail of Capitol Police while on the Hill, the aide said. Sosa on August 28 came in last place in a nine-candidate Republican primary. "I'm providing a notice of a vote to occur Monday in the event that Dr. Ford's attorneys don't respond or Dr. Ford decides not to testify. From the outset Republicans have tried to push through this nomination at all costs".

Meanwhile, Vice President Mike Pence joined the chorus of renewed Republican support for Kavanaugh on Saturday, telling a crowd of around 2,000 conservative activists at the Values Voters Summit that Kavanaugh "is a man of integrity, with impeccable credentials and a proven judicial philosophy" and that he would soon be confirmed. In a tweet aimed at Kavanaugh shortly before midnight, Grassley said he was giving them additional time.

Grassley had said earlier that the panel would hold a vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation on Monday unless a deal was reached with Ford's lawyers by Friday night's deadline. In response to a reporter's question on Wednesday, you said "It would seem the Federal Bureau of Investigation really doesn't do that".

Grassley consented to other Ford demands, including that she be provided security and that Kavanaugh not be in the hearing room when she testifies.

Other Republicans had scoffed at Ford's willingness to tell her story. "Your cavalier treatment of a sexual assault survivor who has been doing her best to cooperate with the Committee is completely inappropriate".

Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin said Ford hasn't been treated fairly by Republicans, noting that Sen.

But the use of an outside counsel is receiving pushback from Senate Democrats. With Republicans holding a 51-49 majority in the Senate, all Democrats and two Republican senators would need to oppose Kavanaugh for his nomination to fail. "Senators do. Republicans need to do their jobs and not hide".

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

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