After days of speculation about whether Christine Blasey Ford would actually testify about her allegation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers, her attorneys told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday that she is willing to appear next week - as long as they can agree on the terms. The note, signed by Debra Katz, reiterated that it would be a "deal breaker" to demand Ford testify Monday, and further, submitting written testimony by Friday at 10 a.m. would be "a non-starter" because "i$3 t is simply not possible for her to prepare such testimony while at the same time trying to take appropriate security precautions in the face of the avalanche of threats she has been receiving".
The call was "positive" despite both parties' failure to reach an agreement and Katz cancelled scheduled media appearances after the discussion. Back then, the Federal Bureau of Investigation report into Hill's allegations of sexual harassment against now-Justice Clarence Thomas was finished on September 26, 1991 - three days after its inquiry began, according to a Washington Post report at the time. Panel chairman Chuck Grassley and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have said Monday would be her chance to testify.
Ford has also made it clear that she wants to be questioned by senators rather than outside counsel, Borger noted.
On Thursday night, Donald Trump, who had been uncharacteristically restrained in his comments on the crisis, challenged Ford's story, during an interview with Fox News while at a rally in Las Vegas.
The accusation has jarred the 53-year-old conservative jurist's prospects for winning confirmation, which until Ford's emergence last week had seemed all but certain.
Kavanaugh, 53, now a judge on the powerful USA court of appeals for the DC circuit, has repeatedly denied her allegation.
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After the call, Taylor Foy, a Grassley spokesman, said the senator "will consult with his colleagues on the committee".
However, they said that she is open to negotiating a new date - under strict conditions, given the increasingly nasty atmosphere around the case.
Hirono spoke at an event on Capitol Hill to highlight a letter of support that was said to have been signed by more than 1,000 alumni of Ford's high school in Maryland.
"She's quite gregarious and quite a good listener - and kind of the family glue I would say", Peters recalled.
Republican and Democratic Judiciary Committee staffers spoke with Katz and Ford attorney Lisa Banks by phone on Thursday to negotiate on a potential hearing for next week.
U.S. Supreme Court nominee judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies during his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 5, 2018. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said.
Democrats, who opposed the conservative federal appeals court judge even before Ford made her allegation, have accused Republicans of rushing the nomination before the November 6 congressional elections. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee who has played a central role in the Ford developments.