Evidence in sexual assault cases is often thin and trying to bring justice to a victim in a case with thin evidence is a prosecutor's worst nightmare. Although they have yet to hire someone to fill the role, the Republicans have been eager to avoid the image of 11 male senators questioning Ford about her account.
While President Trump had been unusually restrained in his comments on Ford's allegation, during an interview with Sean Hannity ahead of a rally in Las Vegas on Thursday night, he criticized Ford's call for an investigation, saying, "Why didn't somebody call the FBI 36 years ago?"
Judge Kavanaugh has issued a fresh rebuttal of the allegation.
To a prosecutor, learning of a third-party eye witness to an alleged sexual assault is a boon. "I look forward to the opportunity to testify before the Committee".
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There is a sleight of hand that has allowed Grassley to turn a blind eye to this pivotal piece of evidence.
If Ford agrees to appear, it would set the stage for a potentially explosive hearing just weeks before congressional elections that will decide the balance of power in Congress, against a backdrop of the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and assault.
Although inferring otherwise, Whelan said he's not insinuating that the man he publicly named and shared photos of did anything wrong, or that Ford is now "mistakenly remembering" this man as Kavanaugh.
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Miranda said she believes Ford, noting that it is unlikely that someone would put herself and her family through such scrutiny if it wasn't true. Ford's lawyers and Democrats on the panel want the FBI to investigate the charges. They seem more interested in playing political games with Republican members, perhaps hoping that the all-male panel on that side of the committee will be afraid to ask tough questions. "The rush to a hearing is unnecessary". "He remains committed to providing a fair forum for both Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh", said Taylor Foy, a spokesman for Grassley.
Following the public disclosure of the alleged incident, Hirono joined other Democrats demanding more than two witnesses at the Judiciary hearing and at a news conference on Tuesday.
"I will be there", he wrote Grassley in a letter.
The email was a sharp turnabout from statements by Ford and her lawyers in the past few days, in which her insistence on an FBI investigation of her allegations and other demands had cast strong doubts on her willingness to appear. President Trump has said that the FBI does not do investigations into allegations like those raised by Dr Ford.
"Judge Kavanaugh has not asked to have the FBI investigate these claims".
Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley welcomed Prof Ford's offer. "They have until this Friday at 10:00 a.m.to let us know whether they are coming", he said.
Kavanaugh's confirmation would solidify conservative control of the Supreme Court and further Trump's goal of moving the high court and the broader federal judiciary to the right.
The discussion revived the possibility that the panel would hold an electrifying campaign-season hearing at which both Ford and President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee could give their versions of what did or didn't happen at a party in the 1980s. He was at the White House on Thursday for the fourth consecutive day, as he prepares for possible testimony.