GOP pushing forward for Kavanaugh, accuser wants 'fairness'

Attorney for Kavanaugh Accuser Christine Blasey Ford: ‘Rush to a Hearing Is Unnecessary’

Senior Republican Senator John Cornyn of Texas told CNN: "If she doesn't want to participate and tell her story, there's no reason for us to delay".

Ford's lawyers said she wants the FBI to investigate her allegation that she was sexually assaulted by President Trump's SCOTUS pick before she testifies at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

Ford has been on the receiving end of multiple death threats and has reportedly even been forced to leave her house in California due to safety concerns. "She wishes to testify, provided that we can agree on terms that are fair and which ensure her safety".

The comments contrasted with the tone Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley has tried to set in letters to committee Democrats as Ford's attorneys have so far declined to have their client testify at a hearing the committee set for Monday, saying that she first wants an FBI investigation into her allegation.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, urged Ford to testify as scheduled on Monday.

After coming forward on Sunday against Kavanaugh, Ford indicated through her attorney on Monday that she would be willing to testify before Congress.

Gregg Re is an editor for Fox News.

The lawyers said Ford was opposed to being questioned by outside counsel, according to Politico.

Kavanaugh has vehemently denied the allegations and is prepared to defend himself before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

Taylor Foy, spokesman for Republicans who control the committee, said in a written statement, "We are happy that Dr. Ford's attorneys are now engaging with the Committee". Kavanaugh has said that he is also willing to testify again in front of the committee.

"Republicans are right, as a moral matter as well as a political matter, to take allegations of misbehavior like this seriously", explained Frank Cannon, president of the American Principles Project, before adding, "At the same time, we've seen anything and everything thrown at Republican Supreme Court nominees for decades", and complaining that Democrats are "playing by different rules". She called on the FBI to investigate the assault allegation "and all the threats she's undergoing".

Miranda later removed the post, explaining, cryptically, that the post "served its goal", and that she "was not ready" for the media attention the post garnered - even though NBC News and other outlets reported Miranda's claims as a major break in the Kavanaugh story.

Fellow Republican Susan Collins of ME said she hoped Prof Ford would "reconsider and testify" on Monday.

Speaking with reporters at the White House, the president again refrained from directly assailing Kavanaugh's accuser, as he has in other instances of sexual misconduct charges, including those lodged against him.

If I had to put a percentage on Kavanaugh's chances of confirmation prior to Thursday, I would say 90%. "It is imperative the Judiciary Committee move forward on the Kavanaugh nomination and a committee vote be taken as soon as possible", the committee member said in a statement.

On Wednesday, Sen. Chuck Grassley sent a letter to Sen.

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