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Kavanaugh accuser set to testify in US Senate hearing

Kavanaugh accuser set to testify in US Senate hearing

Talks were expected to continue on Sunday. Kavanaugh has denied the allegations.

The committee's investigation has been in the backdrop of a week filled with contentious negotiations between Ford, her attorneys and the committee leadership over whether she would testify. A second person confirmed the tentative agreement for the hearing Thursday. But one can do plenty of brain washing in six days.

And, after a few days of relative quiet, President Donald Trump has ramped up his attacks on Ford's character and questioned the credibility of her accusations.

The new claim came hours after the Senate Judiciary Committee agreed to a hearing on Thursday after almost a week of uncertainty over whether Christine Blasey Ford would appear to testify about her earlier claim against Mr Kavanaugh.

"I want to listen to her, but I'm being honest with you and everybody else".

The president's comments infuriated Democrats, dismayed many Republicans and risked further alienating women voters ahead of the November 6 mid-term elections, in which Democrats have a chance to win control of the House and perhaps the Senate.

Even before her lawyer announced on Sunday afternoon that she would appear, Republican senators - who briefly made a show of taking her seriously - were admitting that there was virtually no chance she would change their minds.

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

The White House continued to stand behind Justice Kavanaugh.

Both spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to discuss private conversations.

"When?" tweeted the No. 2 GOP Sen.

Republicans had floated the idea of having a female committee staffer question Ford, to avoid the optics of the panel's all-male Republican roster interrogating Ford.

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Grassley rebuffed other Ford requests, including calling additional witnesses.

The latest claims of impropriety during Kavanaugh's youth came as he was already facing a dramatic hearing where his testimony was to be weighed against that of a university professor who has separately accused him of assault.

Kavanaugh described Ford's claim as a "completely and totally false allegation", and insisted that he has "never done anything like what the accuser describes to her or to anyone".

Attorneys Debra Katz and Lisa Banks said that many aspects of Grassley's latest offer were "fundamentally inconsistent" with the committee's promise of a "fair, impartial investigation".

The attorneys said they did not know when they would have answers to the unresolved issues.

Lawyers for Ford earlier said Ford would testify only if her safety is ensured.

Democrats on the committee came to Ford's side.

On Saturday night, Leland Ingham Keyser, a classmate of Ford's at the all-girls school Holton-Arms and her final named witness, denied any recollection of attending a party with Brett Kavanaugh. Chris Coons, D-Del. He said she "should be treated with the respect she deserves".

Patience among Republicans was running thin.

The pair of Democrats accused Trump of making "misleading statements" about whether the FBI should investigate Ford's claims against Kavanaugh. His colleagues, McConnell told the conservative Values Voter Summit on Friday, would "plow right through it" and put Kavanaugh on the court.

The lawyers said they made "important progress" in a morning call with Senate Judiciary Committee staff members and agreed to the hearing even though the committee refused to subpoena Mark Judge, who Ford said witnessed the attack at a high school party, as well as others who she said were present.