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Kavanaugh’s confirmation of chaos, as a hearing scheduled with the Prosecutor
Lawmakers seek last-minute negotiation with the Supreme Court candidate and his sexual assault accuser, Christine Ford; Peter Doocy reports on the latest from Capitol Hill.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley on Tuesday raised the possibility that next week the high-stakes, open hearing on the sexual assault charge against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, could be canceled if the Prosecutor accepted the Committee’s invitation.
Grassley, R-Iowa, seeks to answer, a hearing for Monday for Kavanaugh and Prosecutor Christine Blasey, Ford questions from senators about the accusation. But Grassley said during a Tuesday radio interview that his office has reached several times to Ford and their lawyers, and their statement, but has heard nothing back.
“We have not reached, you heard in the last 36 hours, three or four times by E-Mail, and we have of them, and the question is, do you want to come to the public hearing or not?” Grassley said on The Hugh Hewitt Show.
Asked whether it would not be a hearing, if Ford were to appear to agree to, Grassley suggested that he could not see, to keep a reason.
“What would be the purpose of the hearing, when Dr. Ford does not want to respond?” Grassley said.
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In the case of Ford, the invitation accepted, Grassley said he is considering the possibility of an independent questioner, all questions to Ford.
Ford, a California-based professor who reveals her identity over the weekend in a Washington Post report. She said that Kavanaugh, while in high school, low note, tried to remove it from your bathing suit and put his hand over her mouth, screaming as she tried. Kavanaugh has denied the allegation.
The announcement of a last-minute hearing evoked memories of the 1991 Clarence Thomas hearings, where senators prompted to agree to a hearing, after Thomas was confronted with sexual harassment allegations by law professor Anita Hill. Thomas denied the accusations and was confirmed.
During TV appearances on Monday, Ford’s lawyer, Debra Katz, stated that her client is “willing to what it takes to get your story,” and would testify before the Committee under oath. But Katz has not confirmed that Ford will open the show for Monday, the hearing would be broadcast live on television.
Speculation about whether Ford to accept, ultimately, the invitation, following reports she was reluctant to go public with her accusations after tipping off Democrats in Congress.
Grassley, the hear the announcement of the Monday, said it would “these latest allegations to a full airing.”
White House spokesman Raj Shah said Kavanaugh is willing to testify.
“Judge Kavanaugh is looking forward to a hearing, where he can clear his name of these false allegations. He is ready to testify tomorrow, if the Senate is willing to hear him,” Shah said.
Democrats have called for the delay of s Kavanaugh ‘ votes, until there is a full FBI review of the matter.
But Grassley said Hewitt on Tuesday that the FBI has closed the investigation and that the FBI did not do any further investigation.
Meanwhile, Kavanaugh Tuesday was discovered at the arrival in the White house – as he did the day before.
President Trump on Monday Stand Kavanaugh, called him one of the “best people I’ve ever known”, while a “small delay” required before the nomination vote in the Senate.
In his first public comments about the controversy, the President, the Democrats criticized during the duration of the position.
“I wish the Democrats had the much earlier, because you said this information for many months,” Trump told reporters at the White house. “And you should have not waited until literally the last few days. You would have it much earlier.”
The President said he is open to the delay in the confirmation process in the Congress, while the allegations are investigated.
“If there was a small delay, it will take a bit of a delay,” Trump. “It should not be very much.”
Kavanaugh has a violent sexual assault allegations, Ford alleged denied took place while the two were in high school.
“This is a completely false claim. I’ve never done something that describes the Prosecutor said to her, or to anyone,” Kavanaugh said in a statement. “Because it never happens, I had no idea who made the accusation, until you identified yesterday.”
All 10 Democrats on the Committee on Monday, called for Grassley, the deferment of the vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination. Multiple sources told Fox News on Thursday, the Committee confirmation vote was postponed, in the midst of the newly scheduled hearing.
Fox News’ John Roberts, Serafin Gomez, Chad Pergram and Nicole Darrah contributed to this report.
Alex Pappas is a political reporter at FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter at @Alex Pappas.