Graham says Christine Blasey Ford will be 'respectfully treated' at hearing

Video Pause US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh

Video Pause US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh

Ford "accepts the committee's request to provide her first-hand knowledge of Brett Kavanaugh's sexual misconduct next week", said a message from her lawyers to the Senate Judiciary Committee, US media reported. The details of the hearing still need to be "ironed out", but if Ford had not made a decision to testify, the committee would have voted on Kavanaugh's nomination on Monday.

Senator Lindsey Graham of SC, a senior member of the Judiciary Committee, said on "Fox News Sunday" said he wouldn't vote against Kavanaugh without additional evidence."Unless there's something more, no, I'm not going to ruin Judge Kavanaugh's life over this", he said.

Democrats have called for the vote on his confirmation to the nation's highest court to be delayed, pending a full FBI investigation, something that Republicans have dismissed as unnecessary. "She should have her say".

Ford also requested that at no point during any potential hearing would she be in the same room as Kavanaugh. Republicans made a counteroffer on Friday of holding the hearing on Wednesday, and having Ford testify before Kavanaugh. "Which means, if that's the new standard, no man will ever qualify for the Supreme Court again".

"It doesn't surprise me one bit that for more than 30 years, Christine Blasey Ford didn't talk about the assault she remembers", Davis wrote in the Post.

Additionally, as the only other woman supposedly at the gathering, Keyser's statement may hold more weight with key Republican Sen.

Grassley and other Republican leaders were gearing up to muscle Kavanaugh's confirmation through without testimony from the accuser, until her lawyers on Thursday began negotiations for the hearing.

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

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Republicans on the committee and Ford's lawyers had disagreed on numerous counts.

Republicans viewed Ford's requests as a way to delay voting on President Donald Trump's nominee.

A GOP Judiciary Committee investigator contacted Keyser last Tuesday, saying Keyser had been "identified" as attending that party and wanted to talk to her. Committee spokesman Taylor Foy said Keyser's name "came up" in its investigation. It's unclear whether Kavanaugh has agreed to appear on Thursday, but he had previously been willing to testify before senators to defend himself.

"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", Trump wrote on Twitter on Friday.

Grassley has rebuffed other Ford requests, including calling additional witnesses. "There is nobody that has spoken ill will about him", said Lourdes Castillo de la Peña.

Ford's lawyers said Thursday night that Ford wouldn't be able to get to Washington before next Thursday because of all that her family is dealing with, according to a Senate Democratic leadership aide.

Republicans are frustrated over what they say was the deliberate timing of the last-minute revelation of Ford's allegation, accusing Democrats of seeking to prevent the process from finishing before the midterm elections in a few weeks.

Graham said Sunday that the GOP-led committee would not "turn the hearing over" to Ford's attorneys, but had accepted some of their conditions for her testimony. The identity of the fourth person at the alleged party where Ford claims to have been assaulted turned out to be Leland Ingham Keyser, who describes herself as a "lifelong friend" of Ford's.

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