Was Chuck Grassley’s tweet to Brett Kavanaugh meant to be a text?

In an email to judiciary committee staff, Ford's lawyer Debra Katz called the deadline "aggressive and artificial". 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. "She has agreed to move forward".

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is accused of sexual assault.

Trump on Friday tweeted that Ford-who alleges Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when she was 15-would have "immediately" gone to the police if the attack "was as bad as she says".

She had asked for a number of preconditions, including not testifying with Mr Kavanaugh in the room and the subpoenaing of his friend, Mark Judge, who she said witnessed the alleged attempted rape. And just seven weeks from an election in which Democrats are hoping to capture control of the House and maybe the Senate, her emergence has also drawn intensified attention to the #MeToo movement's focus on sexual abuse.

Since Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's story became public, she has asked for the FBI to investigate - a request that demonstrates her sincerity and her confidence that an impartial inquiry will further corroborate and confirm the account she has given.

Ford agreed that she will testify ahead of Kavanaugh, rather than her preference to appear after him, according to a source familiar with the talks who spoke on condition of anonymity, lacking authorization to discuss the talks publicly.

For the individuals who were present during those horrific events, details of time and place and pain remain with them for a lifetime.

The letter says Ford "accepts" the committee's request that in the coming week she would "provide her first-hand knowledge of Brett Kavanaugh's sexual misconduct".

The committee's Republican leadership turned down those demands.

Some "procedural and logistical" questions have yet to be resolved, including whether Ford will face questions from attorneys on the committee staff or senators themselves, Ford's lawyers said.

The Senate Judiciary Committee's 11 Republicans - all men - have been seeking an outside female lawyer to interrogate Ford.

"Unless there's something more, no I'm not going to ruin Judge Kavanaugh's life over this", he said. With Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Jeff Flake of Arizona saying they wanted to hear from Ford before voting, Grassley couldn't very well cut off discussion. "She rejected the committee's offer to testify Wednesday".

Judge added that he has "no memory of this alleged incident".

Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin said in an interview on Sunday's This Week on ABC that some Republicans have said they will make their final determination on Kavanaugh based on the upcoming hearing.

The lawyers said they are "hopeful" of reaching a deal on the details of her appearance soon.

And a temporary communications adviser to Grassley during the Supreme Court confirmation fight has abruptly resigned after an accusation of sexual harassment - an allegation he denies.

Kavanaugh, 53, has denied Blasey's allegation and will be given the chance to respond to her testimony. But Durbin left little doubt that that Democrats will go after Kavanaugh's drinking history to help shed light on the matter.

"The imposition of aggressive and artificial deadlines regarding the date and conditions of any hearing has created tremendous and unwarranted anxiety and stress on Dr. Ford", Katz said.

Republicans have accused Democrats of sitting on the doctor's allegation during the hearings and looking to delay the vote until after the midterms in November.

The White House response shows a fresh willingness to attack Ford, coming after a series of critical comments from President Donald Trump the day before about her credibility.

  • Jon Douglas