Republicans give Kavanaugh accuser more time to consider testifying

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But on Thursday, Ford appeared open to testifying if certain parameters were put in place. She has until the end of today to accept or reject these terms, according to Politico.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's accuser has until Saturday afternoon to decide whether or not to testify next week. Ford will then have the option of (1) trying Grassley's patience with yet another counter-offer, (2) agreeing to what Grassley proposed, or (3) declining to testify. They intimated to the news network that her dislike of small spaces and planes is due to trauma she has experienced.

All of the Republicans on the panel are men, and the committee is known to be concerned about the optics of having questions from the GOP side come only from men.

After the deadline passed, Senator Chuck Grassley, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, revealed that he had granted Ford "another extension" to allow her to decide if she wanted to proceed. "In the very near future, Judge Kavanaugh will be on the United States Supreme Court", McConnell said to applause.

The committee held off a vote on Judge Kavanaugh in order to accommodate Ms. Blasey Ford's testimony, but her lawyers have demanded the GOP have the FBI first investigate her allegation, allow her to testify after Judge Kavanaugh in a different room, and give her an unlimited amount of time to make her opening statement.

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She said Professor Ford needed time to make sure her family was secure, prepare her testimony and travel to Washington.

Ms. Blasey Ford came forward last weekend, accusing Judge Kavanaugh of forcing himself on her when the two were in high school roughly 35 years ago.

He repeated that line Friday, saying "Judge Brett Kavanaugh is a fine man, with an impeccable reputation, who is under assault by radical left-wing politicians who don't want to know the answers, they just want to destroy and delay".

When asked by a German TV reporter what would happen if Kavanaugh were not confirmed in the next few weeks, Perkins said, "I think it would be helpful to the Republicans, quite frankly, because I think people will see that the Left will do everything they can to keep control of the courts".

He tweeted, "if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed" by "her or her loving parents". I want to hear her. "From the outset Republicans have tried to push through this nomination at all costs".

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Garrett Ventry, who had been involved in crafting Republican tactics in response to Ford's allegations, told NBC News he denied any past "allegations of misconduct".

"We know allegations of sexual assault are one of the most unreported crimes that exist", Collins said, according to the Portland Press Herald.

Ms Ford's lawyers said earlier this week that she would not appear before the Senate until the FBI has investigated the allegations.

"We reserve the option to have female staff attorneys, who are sensitive to the particulars of Dr. Ford's allegations and are experienced investigators, question both witnesses", the letter said.

The Senate panel must approve Kavanaugh's confirmation before a vote by the full Senate, where Republicans hold a 51-49 majority. "This is an ask to continue "negotiations' without committing to anything", an unnamed senior White House official responded to the Washington Post's Josh Dawsey".

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