Lawyer for Kavanaugh’s Accuser Faces Tough Scrutiny

Battle lines drawn for Senate showdown on Trump court nominee

Just 40 percent of registered voters surveyed from September 16-19 believe Kavanaugh should be confirmed, while 50 percent oppose him - the lowest level of support for a Supreme Court nominee since Fox News started polling in 2005.

Vice President Mike Pence called the Supreme Court nominee "a man of integrity with impeccable credentials".

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Judiciary Committee ranking member Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., wrote a letter to President Trump urging him to direct the FBI to investigate sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

"Despite actual threats to her safety and her life, Dr. Ford believes it is important for Senators to hear directly from her about the sexual assault committed against her", the California professor's lawyers said in a statement following a call with staff of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

At this point, four in 10 Americans say what they've seen so far from this Supreme Court nomination has not changed how they plan to vote in November.

Ford and the Senate Judiciary Committee have reached agreement for a public hearing Thursday, but critical details are still unresolved.

The terms of their agreement provide that Kavanaugh will also appear before the committee but he will not be in the room while Ford is speaking or being questioned.

"She shld decide so we can move on". But never has she faced anything like the scrutiny accompanying the Brett Kavanaugh case, with its far-reaching political, social, and legal stakes. "I hope she comes". "It's not my normal approach to b indecisive". He expressed confidence that Republicans "will manage this confirmation properly with the utmost respect for all concerned" and said he expected Kavanaugh to join the high court soon.

Maybe that is why Ford's attorneys are continuing their game of chicken with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley and refusing to agree to terms under which Ford will testify.

Kavanaugh appeared on a likely path to confirmation in a Senate controlled by the GOP 51-49 until Ford's allegation came to light Sept 13 when top Senate Judiciary Democrat Dianne Feinstein said she told the Federal Bureau of Investigation about unspecified information she received in July about the nominee. A White House spokesperson added in a second statement that the allegation was "designed to tear down a good man".

According to the report, Ford sent the email about 90 minutes after the Post shared her name with the White House - but before the newspaper posted a story revealing her name on Monday.

"I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!" he tweeted.

Judge Kavanaugh has repeatedly denied the allegations.

If two Republicans vote against Mr Kavanaugh, his nomination could fail.

"We know allegations of sexual assault are one of the most unreported crimes that exist", Collins said, according to the Portland Press Herald. Lawyers for Blasey say that if a lawyer conducts the questioning, instead of senators, the hearing could take on a prosecutorial tone. Before the 2016 presidential election, more than a dozen women accused Trump of making unwanted advances.

Senator Chris Coons (D-Del), called Trump's comments "unacceptable and beneath the Presidency of the United States".

Graham says Ford's lawyers are contesting two conditions for her testimony - that Ford and Kavanaugh will be the only witnesses and that an independent counsel will ask the questions. Among those who say it has, they divided between being more likely to vote Democrat or Republican.

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