Fourth Witness To Alleged Kavanaugh Assault Says It Didn't Happen

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Chris Maddaloni via Getty Images Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) on Saturday attempted to discredit Christine Blasey Ford, a 51-year-old research psychologist in Northern California who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her around 1982.

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

Kavanaugh appeared on a likely path to confirmation in a Senate controlled by the GOP 51-49 until Ford's allegation came to light on September 13, when Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California told the Federal Bureau of Investigation about unspecified information she received in July about the nominee.

According to emails made public between Blasey's lawyers and the committee's counsel, Ford accepted the Senate Judiciary Committee's request to testify, but details of the agreement are still pending.

"She has agreed to move forward with a hearing even though the committee has refused to subpoena Mark Judge", it said.

Ms Ford initially indicated she wanted to tell her story to the committee, but talks dragged on as her lawyers negotiated terms of her appearance.

The clinical psychology professor accused Judge Kavanaugh - Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee - of pinning her to a bed at a party in Maryland in the early 1980s when she was 15.

Senator Susan Collins, a moderate Republican and potentially a key vote on Kavanaugh's nomination, said at an event in Portland, Maine, that she was "appalled" by Trump's tweet.

"I want to listen to her, but I'm being honest with you and everybody else.What am I supposed to do?"

Some have said there should not be a vote on his confirmation until Prof Ford has been heard. Now, there will be a national #BelieveSurvivors walkout on Monday, in solidarity with Ford and in protest of Brett Kavanaugh.

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Susan Collins of ME , a key Senate vote on Kavanaugh's nomination, said it would be "puzzling" if Ford did not testify on Monday. Trump and other Republicans said they did not think the Federal Bureau of Investigation needed to be involved.

After several days of maintaining a relatively neutral posture, Trump on Friday declared that Ford could not be believed.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley speaks during a Committee hearing on Cambridge Analytica and data privacy in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on May 16, 2018.

Another 34 percent of voters polled say they are unsure. He has said he wants to testify as soon as possible to clear his name.

The agreement capped a week of dramatic developments that cast into turmoil U.S. Senate confirmation of President Donald Trump's conservative nominee, once considered a safe bet.

Ford's lawyer Debra Katz had said in a letter to Grassley late Friday that the 10 p.m. deadline was "arbitrary".

The Post reported Sunday that Keyser said in a brief interview at her home that she still believes Ford, even if she doesn't remember the party.

Earlier on Saturday, vice president Mike Pence called Mr Kavanaugh "a man of integrity with impeccable credentials".

"Republican committee staff told Ford's attorneys that they would be unwilling to accept what they characterized as a "demand" that only senators be permitted to ask questions of the witnesses". Through her lawyers she continues to refuse to testify, calling attempts to hear her side of the story under oath "bullying", and drawing out negotiations.

A senior White House official deemed it a stalling tactic and an effort to "push off" the confirmation vote.

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