Accuser of Trump's high court nominee willing to testify: email

Judge Brett Kavanaugh

A lawyer for the woman accusing Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's U.S. Supreme Court nominee, of sexual assault told a Senate panel on Thursday the professor will not testify on Monday as Republicans want but would be willing to appear sometime next week if certain terms are met.

In their letter, Ford's attorneys had further stated that Ford wished the FBI to investigate her claims before he came before the committee.

On Tuesday, a woman named Christina King said on Twitter that she was a former classmate of Kavanaugh's and had signed a letter in support of Ford, who has claimed she was sexually assaulted in high school.

Ford claims Kavanaugh assaulted her at a party when they were in high school.

This isn't the first time allegations have come up during a Supreme Court confirmation hearing.

The statement to the Senate came after Republicans vowed Thursday morning to press forward with a vote on Kavanaugh if Ford declined to testify on Monday.

The confirmation fight comes just weeks before November 6 congressional elections in which Democrats are seeking to win control of Congress from the Republicans.

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Ford, now 51, claims a 17-year-old Kavanaugh pinned her down on a bed at a party when she was 15, covered her mouth, groped her and tried to remove her clothing.

"I would like to set up a call with you later today to discuss the conditions under which Dr. Christine Blasey Ford would be prepared to testify next week". Even the moderates like Arizona Senator Jeff Flake and Susan Collins in ME who originally were pushing for these hearings to happen are now saying that there doesn't need to be an FBI investigation. "The goal of a background investigation is to determine whether the nominee could pose a risk to the national security of the United States", a Justice Department spokesman said in a statement. "They have until this Friday at 10:00 a.m.to let us know whether they are coming", he said. She describes Ford as courageous.

"It is not the FBI's role to investigate a matter such as this", wrote Grassley, who also sent a letter to committee Democrats formally rejecting their bid for the FBI to investigate.

Christine Blasey Ford's lawyer says her client will not appear on Monday, as senators proposed, but might do so next week on "terms that are fair".

A statement by a Ford attorney, Lisa Banks, says Grassley's plan to call just two witnesses, Kavanaugh and Ford, "is not a fair or good faith investigation".

Kavanaugh has adamantly denied that he attacked Ford or any other woman, including over his long career in Washington as a White House aide and for the last 12 years as an appellate court judge, one level below the Supreme Court.

The Monday date "is not possible and the committee's insistence that it occur then is arbitrary in any event", Blasey Ford's lawyers said. Republicans have said the Federal Bureau of Investigation would be doing nothing more than what committee staffers could achieve by interviewing Kavanaugh and Ford. Thomas went on to be appointed to the Supreme Court.

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