Incredibly frustrated: Inside the GOPs effort to save Kavanaugh amid assault allegation

Senate's Grassley sets Saturday deadline for Kavanaugh accuser - report

AP source: Kavanaugh, Ford agree to testify on Thursday

Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles E. Grassley had already bristled at postponing a committee vote on Kavanuagh, but on Sunday, the Iowa Republican agreed to a hearing Thursday to hear from Christine Blasey Ford, who alleges that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her decades ago, when he was a 17-year-old high school student. "If Republicans were to fail to defend and confirm such an obviously and eminently qualified and decent nominee", Ralph Reed, the founder of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, told the New York Times, "then it will be very hard to motivate and energize faith-based and conservative voters in November".

Ramirez says she grew increasingly intoxicated as the game wore on, and that eventually one of the young men exposed himself to her.

The lawyer for a woman who Brett Kavanaugh's accuser has said attended the 1980s party at which he allegedly molested her has told Senate Republican investigators that the woman doesn't recall such a gathering or know the Supreme Court nominee.

Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley, a Republican, wrangled with Ms Ford's lawyers for the last week over the exact terms of her appearance.

Earlier Friday, their legal tango riveted Washington, as the two sides tried to work out details such as how many photographers and television cameras would be in the room (Blasey, fearful of being mobbed by the news media, wanted one of each), who would ask the questions (Republicans wanted an outside lawyer; Blasey favored senators) and what day the session would take place (Blasey asked for Thursday; Republicans wanted Wednesday). "This is a smear, plain and simple", Justice Kavanaugh said in a statement issued through the White House.

The White House is standing behind the president's nominee, saying this is the latest claim in a "coordinated smear campaign by the Democrats created to tear down a good man".

"Judge Brett Kavanaugh is a fine man, with an impeccable reputation, who is under assault by radical left-wing politicians who don't want to know the answers, they just want to destroy and delay", Trump wrote.

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US Judge Brett Kavanaugh shakes hands with US President Donald Trump after being nominated to the Supreme Court in the East Room of the White House on 9 July, 2018 in Washington, DC.

"I wasn't going to touch a penis until I was married", she said, referring to her devout Catholic upbringing. They also compared the current controversy to the sexual harassment allegations against Clarence Thomas by Anita Hill in 1991. A White House spokesperson also expressed support for Kavanaugh.

But having spent six days assessing her memories and consulting with her attorney, she felt more confident and is now calling for an FBI investigation. The newest allegation also comes as attorney Michael Avenatti tells CBS News' Paula Reid he is representing yet another woman who knew Kavanaugh in high school - although it's unclear what that woman's claim might be. She says she is willing to testify, but she says she still wants negotiations.

Kavanaugh denies the allegations and has said he would testify to clear his name. Should the White House continue to refuse to direct the Federal Bureau of Investigation to do its job, the Committee must subpoena all relevant witnesses. With Republicans holding a 51-49 majority in the Senate, all Democrats and two Republican senators would need to oppose Kavanaugh for his nomination to fail.

"As with any witness who comes before the Senate, the Senate Judiciary Committee can not hand over its constitutional duties to attorneys for outside witnesses", Mike Davis, Senator Grassley's top nominations counsel, wrote in an email exchange with Ms Ford's lawyers obtained by the Associated Press.

"She went privately to discuss her concerns, but then understood that she would be outed", said Dobson-Hughes.

"The Republican viewpoint is that the left is trying to create a pattern of sexual misconduct in order to make him radioactive", the source said.

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