High-stakes standoff between GOP and Kavanaugh accuser stretches into weekend

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The California professor is willing to come to Washington to give her account and be questioned by senators, but doesn't want Kavanaugh in the same room, her attorney told judiciary committee staff in a 30-minute phone call later on Thursday.

The Republican-led committee insisted that if Ford missed a Friday night deadline to respond to the panel's latest offer it would hold a vote Monday on recommending Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination for the full Senate to consider.

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"Senate Republicans are attempting to make Dr. Blasey Ford testify on just a few days' notice - without having the Federal Bureau of Investigation follow up on her allegations and provide a report first", said the letter, which was spearheaded by Sens. "It's not my normal approach to be indecisive".

-She wants to the panel to subpoena Mark Judge, the other person Ford says was in the room when Kavanaugh allegedly attacked her. Judge has said he never saw Kavanaugh behave as Ford has described.

"I have no doubt that, if the attack on Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents", Mr Trump wrote.

Democrats, hoping to retake control of Congress from Republicans in November elections, call the Senate hearing plans rushed.

Even so, Democrats have accused Republicans of "bullying" Ford into testifying, the very thing her lawyers said on Monday that she wanted to do.

US Senator Susan Collins of ME offered her most extensive remarks yet about her nationally watched decision making as she considers whether or not to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court in the coming days.

In addition to security, expected to be provided by Capitol Police, Professor Ford has asked for press coverage of her testimony to be the same as for Mr Kavanaugh. Ford has received death threats and has moved her family out of their home, the lawyer said.

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Committee Democrats also asked Grassley to share with them any transcripts from interviews with anyone regarding Blasey Ford's accusations.

"We're going to plow right through it", he said.

Republicans felt they were starting to gain momentum in the public relations battle over the handling of a sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Earlier this week, the president put some distance between himself and his nominee, saying if Ford testifies and puts in a "credible showing", he would have a "decision" to make about Kavanaugh as his nominee.

But with the slender 51-49 GOP majority and the unpredictability of how Ford and Kavanaugh would come across to millions of American voters should she agree to testify, his approval remains in question. He did not say how long he would wait for Ford "to decide if she wants to proceed".

Leading the way for the GOP is President Donald Trump, the former reality show star who on Friday attacked Ford's credibility and zeroes in on people who "make me look as bad as possible".

Throughout the thread, Mooney tagged 21 senators and directed her last tweet at them: "Are you sure that rape is the hill you want to die on?"

Ford told The Washington Post that she didn't discuss the incident with anyone in any detail until a 2012 therapy session with her husband.

As the Twitter wars were playing out, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader, assured an audience of conservative Christians on Friday that Kavanaugh's confirmation would go through.

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