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The political battle over Kavanaugh attack claim
Kavanaugh Prosecutor, the lawyers want to speak that the Supreme Court nominee first.
Senate Republicans on Friday extended a counter offer to Christine Blasey Ford to testify on Capitol Hill next Wednesday, in the midst of negotiations on the question of whether Ford develop their accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to the public.
Fox News was told that the Republican senators want a response “at the end of the day.”
In a statement Friday night, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley released extended the deadline for a response until 10 PM, If no response or a rejection of the offer, Grassley said in a statement, the Committee will vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination for Monday. (procedurally, the closure of the Senate debate on the nomination, and the full confirmation would take a few more days.)
“I said I am extending the deadline for reply by 10 o’clock this morning,” Grassley. “I am providing a notice of a vote to take place Monday in the event that Dr. Ford’s lawyers did not respond, or Dr. Ford decides not to witness it. In the event that we can come to a reasonable resolution as I have searched the whole week, then I’ll move the vote in the Committee, for your testimony.”
“We can’t continue to delay.”
“We need to hear from her,” said a senior source familiar with the process. “Monday is the desire to date. But we are open to other things.”
A senior Republican source told Fox News, “we can’t move forever.”
For their part, Democrats have reacted negatively to the offer. California sen Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Ford should not be “rushed.” She said Ford cannot attest to all of the earlier than on Thursday.
“Show heart,” Feinstein said. “Wait until Dr. Ford believes that you can come before the Committee.”
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Ford has to try the accused Kavanaugh, to rape her while the two were in high school. Kavanaugh has denied the allegations.
Grassley first of all, Ford invited to testify, and on Monday, Ford had to respond by 10 a.m. Friday. That deadline passed Friday without an offer, according to Ford’s lawyers made it clear this week, Ford did not want to be proposed to testify Monday but she would have to do another day.
Ford’s lawyer, Debra Katz, said the Judiciary Committee on Thursday that Ford is ready for the appearance of a hearing on Capitol Hill for as long as senators “conditions are fair and ensure your safety.”
Under the terms of the Ford s-legal Department: Only the members of the Committee-not lawyers-can question requested, you; Kavanaugh may not should be in the space in time; and Kavanaugh in question, before he has the opportunity to hear Ford’s testimony.
It was unclear whether the Republicans would grant all of these requirements — particularly Kavanaugh witnesses before the hearing of the allegations.
TRUMP GOES ON THE OFFENSIVE IN THE FIGHT KAVANAUGH
Meanwhile, President Trump on Friday called for Ford to testify, saying it is time for the Senate to vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination.
The President was also critical of Feinstein for the receipt of a letter from Ford outlined her allegations in July, but otherwise not to disclose, anonymously, on Federal officials or other members of the Committee until last week.
“Senator Feinstein and the Democrats instead of the letters for months to solve the only with a Bang, after the negotiations were OVER to Hinder in a very targeted manner & Resist & Delay” Trump tweeted Friday. “Let her testify, or not, and you TAKE THE VOTE!”
In a sharp change of tone after days of statements are reserved in respect of the allegations, the President sparked a flood of tweets that deliver the first in the defense of Kavanaugh and then put pressure on Ford to file a complaint with the police even though it submitted no evidence of a was ever.
“I have no doubt that if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, the charges would be immediately filed with the local law enforcement authorities, either by you or for your dear parents. I ask that you, the submissions to the front, so that we can learn the date, time and place!” he tweeted.
He also tweeted: “judge Brett Kavanaugh is a fine man, with an impeccable reputation that is under attack from radical left-wing politicians, who do not want to know the answers, they just want to destroy and delay. Facts are not important. I’m with you every single day in DC”
Trump also took issue with Ford’s legal team say they want to be shown the FBI to investigate the allegations – something that the bureau, it has to do no plans to do this.
“The radical left lawyers want to be tweeted to engage the FBI, NOW,” Trump. “Why not someone the FBI has withdrawn before the age of 36?”
Speaking of Fox News ” Sean Hannity on Thursday evening in front of a political rally in Nevada, Trump called Kavanaugh “an outstanding personality” and said, “I think you can delay more.”
For his part, Kavanaugh, in a letter to the justice Committee on Thursday indicated that he would be willing and ready to witness, on Monday. “I’m going to also want to continue to a hearing as soon as possible, so that I he wrote my name”,.
“Since the moment I heard it for the first time, this statement, I have categorically and unequivocally rejected. I am still obliged to defend my integrity.”
Kavanaugh’s letter contained no prerequisites for his testimony. Fox News has learned that Kavanaugh, under oath, answered questions from the judiciary Committee earlier this week and denied the allegations.
Fox News’ Chad Pergram, Gregg Re, and Jeffrey Rubin contributed to this report.
Alex Pappas is a political reporter at FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter at @Alex Pappas.