Kavanaugh accuser willing to testify in US Senate

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She said Professor Ford needed time to make sure her family was secure, prepare her testimony and travel to Washington.

"I think it's a very sad situation", he said, asking, "Why didn't somebody call the Federal Bureau of Investigation 36 years ago?".

For Republicans dealing with the sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, his hearing is becoming increasingly complex to navigate.

Organizer Kristen Podulka, 43, of Palo Alto, California, told DailyMail.com: 'We're here to show our love and support, and in response to the death threats and hate mail she has received.

"I knew them both, and socialised with" the other classmate, Ford said, adding that she had once visited him in hospital.

Ford told a Senate committee she would be willing to testify later next week as a Friday morning deadline set by the Republican-led Senate Judiciary Committee loomed. Ford has demanded that the hearing be scheduled for Thursday, which the source said is still among the things under negotiation.

A group of women who identified themselves as friends and former colleagues of Brett Kavanaugh defended the embattled Supreme Court nominee who has been accused of sexual assault on Friday at a news conference in Washington.

"You've watched the fight", he said.

Trump, steering clear of criticizing Ford on the advice of aides, predicted Kavanaugh will ultimately be confirmed. Unless new details buttress the accounts of one side or the other, they can either demoralize their base by abandoning Kavanaugh in the face of unproven charges or they can further alienate women-especially the college-educated female voters living in the suburban districts that will likely decide which party controls Congress next year-by cross-examining Ford and poking holes in her story. "We're going to plow right through it and do our job", he said to raucous applause from the audience.

Miranda later removed the post, explaining, cryptically, that the post "served its objective", and that she "was not ready" for the media attention the post garnered - even though NBC News and other outlets reported Miranda's claims as a major break in the Kavanaugh story. Ford, Conway said, should not be ignored or insulted and should be heard. Even Harriet Myers - whose beleaguered nomination eventually was withdrawn by President George W. Bush - maintained a net level of support when she was nominated for the Supreme Court in 2005.

Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh leaves his home Wednesday in Chevy Chase, Md. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., in his fourth tweet on the Kavanaugh nomination Friday, renewing his accusation that Feinstein and and Democrats held a letter from Ford in which she first raised the accusation against Kavanaugh "only to release it with a bang after the hearings were OVER", which Trump asserted was "done very purposefully to Obstruct & Resist & Delay".

Hirono also railed against Grassley's assertion that Republicans have done all they can do to contact Ford and have her appear before his committee, telling ABC's "World News Tonight" on Wednesday that "That's such bulls*** I can hardly stand it".

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