Christine Blasey Ford, Kavanaugh accuser, to testify Thursday morning

Blasey Ford's Friend: No Recollection of Party

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh listens during his U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Sept. 4, 2018.

"Dr. Ford will tell her story in the face of an impossible choice and vile bullying by Republican leadership", said Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal of CT, a Judiciary Committee member.

After many extensions last week, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa gave Ford a deadline of Saturday at 2:30 p.m.to decide if she would testify before the panel next week.

The Washington Post reported that on Sunday, Ford forwarded an email to an associate showing that Ethics and Public Policy Center president Ed Whalen had been looking at her LinkedIn profile.

Mr Kavanaugh denies the allegations, and has said he wishes to testify to clear his name.

In a statement, Ford's attorneys - Debra Katz, Lisa Banks, and Michael Bromwich - confirmed "important progress" had been made.

Katz also criticised the confirmation process and said some of what senators have been proposing are "fundamentally inconsistent with the Committee's promise of a fair, impartial investigation into her allegations". Experts say many women are reluctant to come forward and report sexual assaults, in part because they fear they will not be believed.

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

Ford says that Kavanaugh groped her and tried to forcibly remove her clothes during a house party in Bethesda, Md., in the early 1980s. She says a Kavanaugh friend, Mark Judge, was in the room, while there were at least two other people at the party.

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"I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr Ford was as bad as she says", Trump tweeted, "charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents".

Republicans have said they won't be subpoenaing anyone and only Judge Kavanaugh and Ms. Blasey Ford will testify. They know they must tread carefully at any hearing - especially because all 11 Republicans on the Judiciary Committee are men, which is one reason they were seeking an outside lawyer, preferably a woman, to do the questioning. As of Sunday afternoon, Ford's attorneys have announced that a deal has been reached for her to testify on Thursday.

In an interview on Fox News Sunday, Republican Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen.

It was unclear whether Grassley would permit more negotiations Saturday, with patience among Republicans is running thin.

Three different people who Christine Blasey Ford has identified as witnesses to the high school party where the assault allegedly happened have denied knowing anything about it. ". [T] here is no legitimate basis for you to continue blocking the FBI from investigating this important matter".

Pence made no reference to Christine Blasey Ford, whose accusations about Kavanaugh's behavior 35 years ago have roiled the confirmation.

Ford's team has sought guarantees of her safety because of death threats.

The pair of Democrats accused Trump of making "misleading statements" about whether the FBI should investigate Ford's claims against Kavanaugh.

The White House is approaching Ford's potential testimony with trepidation, nervous that an emotional performance might not just damage Kavanaugh's chances but could further energize female voters to turn out against Republicans in November against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement.

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