Kavanaugh accuser lays out conditions for her to testify about alleged assault


The woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were teens says she is willing to testify about the incident if a number of terms are met.

According to CNN's Manu Raju and Gloria Borger, that's just one of the conditions Dr. Christine Blasey Ford would like met, per her legal team, as she does not wish to be in the same room with Kavanaugh if she testifies. If she doesn't appear Monday, Senate judiciary committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said the Senate will go ahead with Kavanaugh's confirmation vote.

"Since the moment I first heard this allegation, I have categorically and unequivocally denied it", the Supreme Court nominee wrote.

"What is happening with the Judiciary Committee, really, I would call it a railroad job", Sen. Susan Collins of ME and Jeff Flake of Arizona - said that unless Ford testified Monday they would move on to Kavanagh's vote. Trump and Senate Republicans have been emphatic that an FBI renewal of its background checks on Kavanaugh won't happen, saying an investigation by committee staff-which Democrats are boycotting-is sufficient.

Whelan, the president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, also included maps and floor plans of a house that he believed described the scene of Ford's alleged assault. Because Ford's accusation is already public, Grassley argued that it was appropriate for the Senate to step in with their own investigation as lawmakers did when the Hill allegation first became public.

Whelan has been involved in helping to advise Kavanaugh's confirmation effort and is close friends with both Kavanaugh and Leonard Leo, the head of the Federalist Society who has been helping to spearhead the nomination.

Katz also said that senators should be the questioners, and not outside counsel.

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"She's quite gregarious and quite a good listener - and kind of the family glue I would say", Peters recalled.

A senior Senate Democratic aide noted that reopening Federal Bureau of Investigation background checks was fairly routine; 10 such probes into judicial nominees had been reopened in the last three months alone, the aide said. The day after Katz' national-TV tour demanding that the committee postpone its vote (originally set for yesterday) and schedule a new hearing, chair Chuck Grassley tried reaching out to Katz and Lisa Banks by phone and e-mail.

Kavanaugh, 53, now a judge on the powerful USA court of appeals for the DC circuit, has repeatedly denied her allegation. It is unlikely that Republicans would allow a witness to dictate a subpoena of another witness.

"Let me just say to begin with that I had the opportunity to meet Judge Kavanaugh before the president made a decision, and to review his record", Pence told Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council on his Washington Watch radio program. Kavanaugh, now a judge on the powerful U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, has repeatedly denied her allegation.

"We're getting a lot of calls, many of which are angry and some of which are threatening", said Tom Mentzer, a spokesman for Sen.

"We already had a hearing, " Cornyn said.