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Deadline Passes, Senate Awaits Word On Christine Blasey Ford Testimony

The hearing was first announced on Monday, giving Ford four days to decide, but her lawyer has attempted to negotiate terms with the Judiciary Committee.

Republicans have an 11-10 majority on the Senate Judiciary Committee, so one Republican refusing to back Kavanaugh could stall the nomination, at least briefly, FiveThirtyEight reports. Ford's lawyers also want to call on two trauma experts, the source said. The official was not authorized to publicly discuss the negotiations and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Ford said Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a high school party 36 years ago, pinning her down and trying to take off her clothes, when she was 15 and he was 17.

But who will be asking the questions remains unresolved, the lawyers said.

Democrats, against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement, countered that Ms Ford should be shown respect and given accommodation to tell her story.

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Sen. Dick Durbin, a Democrat on the committee, said Sunday he believed Ford's requests have been "reasonable" and that she deserves a fair hearing to determine whether her allegations are "serious" enough to vote down Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination. They said they remained disappointed by the "bullying" that "tainted the process".

The lawyers held a call with staffers that lasted about an hour on Sunday and reached an agreement, according to a senior Senate aide.

Patience among Republicans was running thin. Ford has maintained from the beginning that there were four other people at the party that night.

Brett Kavanaugh denies knowledge of any such assault and wants to give his side of the story.

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Earlier Saturday, Vice-President Mike Pence called Kavanaugh "a man of integrity with impeccable credentials".

"You watched the fight, you watched the tactics, but here is what I want to tell you - in the very near future, Judge Kavanaugh will be on the United States Supreme Court", McConnell told the Value Voters Summit, drawing a standing ovation.

Ford's attorneys said they did not know when they would have answers to the unresolved issues.

"She should decide so we can move on". Given all the time that's passed, I wondered if perhaps Ford had actually been to such a party and suffered an assault, but it was with someone else and her mind was just filling in a blank with Kavanaugh's name.

"I understand that you have been identified as an individual who was in attendance at a party that occurred circa 1982 described in a recent Washington Post article", a committee staffer wrote Keyser earlier this week. "I want to hear your testimony", Grassley wrote.

Ford, who asked that the FBI investigate the allegations, said there was alcohol at the party and that Kavanaugh and Judge were very drunk at the time. The email doesn't even say she will testify.

In backing away from his deadline, Grassley underscored the sensitivity with which Senate Republicans have tried handling Ford. All of them vouched for the respect with which he treated females.

Ford's attorney, Debra Katz, has been negotiating the terms of Ford's appearance at the hearing. Sen.

Grassley turned down Ford's request that only senators, not attorneys, be allowed to ask questions. Kavanaugh's confirmation to the lifetime position would be the second of the Trump administration and solidify conservative control of the nation's top court.

U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley had set several deadlines since Friday for Ford to decide whether and how she will testify before the panel.

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