Blasey Ford agrees to testify in dramatic Supreme Court confirmation showdown

They have also accepted the committee's decision not to subpoena Mark Judge, a Kavanaugh friend who Ford asserts was present when the incident occurred in the eighties.

Ford, a psychology professor at Palo Alto University in California, has said Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982 when both were high school students in Maryland.

Dianne Feinstein, Calif., the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, sent a letter to President Donald Trump, asking him to direct the Federal Bureau of Investigation to "immediately and thoroughly investigate Dr. Ford's allegations and provide a report to the Senate as soon as possible".

Both Kavanaugh and Ford will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, after a tense week of Democrat stall tactics and odd negotiations.

Ramirez admits that parts of her memory on the alleged incident are fuzzy, but she tells the New Yorker she was confident enough to come forward and recount these details.

"As Dr. Ford has said, she did not share her story publicly or with anyone for years following the incident with Judge Kavanaugh", Katz said.

We should start with a recent update to the on again, off again plans for Christine Blasey Ford to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

"If one Republican senator should decide that Dr Ford's allegations, assertions, are true, and that they are serious, it could make a big difference in the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh", Senator Dick Durbin said on ABC's "This Week". Especially important: White evangelical Christians in large numbers were able to use Trump's promise to name judges friendly to their viewpoint as a rationale for playing down all the ways in which the now-president (to be charitable) fell short of their moral standards.

Trump's tweet on Friday said: "I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents". The misdirection involves more moderate Republicans pretending Kavanaugh's ideology is irrelevant when it is, in fact, everything.

Ford's team prefers Kavanaugh testify first, but will accept that he goes second, the source familiar with the conversation told CNN said. As The New Yorker puts it, "The real question is: Will the White House and Republican leaders actually allow a potentially sensational set of hearings, with all the political risks that would entail, just weeks before the midterm elections in which they are already struggling mightily to attract women's votes in key suburban districts?"

Lindsey Graham - a member of the panel that must approve Kavanaugh's nomination before it goes to the full chamber - summed up the position of many Republicans by saying he did not expect Ford's testimony to change his mind.

The committee said it would not negotiate on other points, though, including Ford's desire for additional witnesses and a request to testify after, not before, Kavanaugh.

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

"Senator Feinstein also could have referred these allegations anonymously and confidentially to the Federal Bureau of Investigation when she was made aware of them", committee staff wrote.

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.

Trump's outburst saw an outpouring of sympathy for Ford - and outrage at the president - as thousands of women, and men too, shared why they had kept silent after being assaulted, under the Twitter hashtag #WhyIDidntReport.

On Sunday evening Kavanaugh issued a statement through the White House press office categorically denying the allegations made by Ramirez. "It's not surprising that Ms. Keyser has no recollection of the evening as they did not discuss it".

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

  • Rogelio Becker