GOP's Graham assures respectful hearing for Ford

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There are four women on the Judiciary Committee, but all are Democrats. The Post reported that Ford and her husband "have looked into a security service to escort their children to school".

The Committee had delayed a vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation after California professor Christine Blasey Ford's allegations emerged last week, and her lawyers and committee staff were negotiating the conditions of her testimony.

Sunday's call was bipartisan and lasted about an hour, said a person familiar with the conversation who wasn't authorized to speak publicly. Other terms of the public hearing will be negotiated Sunday. "I will support her steadfast bravery".

But most Republicans - 77 percent - would like to see a vote on Kavanaugh happen in the next few days.

Kavanaugh friend Mark Judge strenuously denied Ford's accusations, insisting that her allegations were "just absolutely nuts".

But they want to resume negotiations over the exact terms of her appearance.

Despite the fact that Ford's lawyers had blatantly turned their noses at Grassley's deadline, he relented and gave her another day to decide.

Her escape came only when Judge, who was in the room with them, jumped on top of the pair, she says.

'Brett Kavanaugh and I were friends in high school but I do not recall the party described in Dr. Ford's letter.

The allegations, which were first reported in the United States media, have delayed his confirmation to the Supreme Court.

She has reached a tentative agreement to testify about her experience before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

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On Friday, U.S. President Donald Trump questioned the integrity of Ford, posting on Twitter that "if the attack.was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed" with police.

Sen. Lindsey Graham said Brett Kavanaugh's accuser will be treated "respectfully" by the Senate Judiciary Committee, but both witnesses "will be challenged" over the sexual assault allegation from decades ago she's made against the Supreme Court nominee.

Ford attorneys Debra Katz and Lisa Banks had said that many aspects of Grassley's latest offer were "fundamentally inconsistent" with the committee's promise of a "fair, impartial investigation".

"There is no legitimate basis for you to continue blocking the FBI from investigating this important matter", the lawmakers said in a letter.

Yet Democrats' handling of the affair, including withholding the allegation until late in the process, has left Republicans fuming.

Pence also says that he and President Donald Trump are confident that Republicans will handle that process "with the utmost respect for all concerned".

Kavanaugh's confirmation would solidify conservative control of the Supreme Court and advance Trump's goal of moving the high court and the broader federal judiciary to the right. "A false allegation?" King said at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition's Fall Family Banquet, according to the Des Moines Register.

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As the talks continued, Grassley countered that he would end the standoff by scheduling a Monday vote on whether to recommend Kavanaugh's nomination to the full Senate. A spokesman for the committee's chairman, Sen. "So Republicans, no matter what happens in the midterms, can push a Supreme Court nominee through until the end of the year". "We remain hopeful we'll hear sworn testimony from the 5th, Dr. Ford herself".

Ford alleges that at a 1982 house party, Kavanaugh, then 17 and "stumbling drunk", pinned her to a bed and groped her, leaving her fearful for her life before she escaped.