President Trump says he hopes the woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her will appear at a hearing next week before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
After the call, Taylor Foy, a Grassley spokesman, said the senator "will consult with his colleagues on the committee". He has told advisers that he is skeptical of Ford's account and the timing of the allegation, these advisers said.
It's hard to imagine that Ford will cut anything other than a sympathetic figure in front of the committee. It said the telephone discussion ended with no decision.
During the call, Blasey's legal team asked that Kavanaugh speak first at the hearing, according to Politico. CNN said the lawyers told the committee staff that she wanted to be questioned by senators.
"She wishes to testify, provided that we can agree on terms that are fair and which ensure her safety", Deborah Katz, Ford's lawyer says in an email to committee aides first reported in the New York Times and confirmed by NPR.
Republican and Democratic Judiciary Committee staffers spoke with Katz and Ford attorney Lisa Banks by phone on Thursday to negotiate on a potential hearing for next week.
Sen. Mazie K. Hirono, Hawaii Democrat, made an anti-male tirade heard "round the world - "Just shut up and step up" - signaling the party's willingness to slap all men with the #MeToo label if that's what it takes to bring down Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh " s Supreme Court bid. A substantial delay could push confirmation past the November elections, when Democrats have a shot at winning Senate control, plus allow more time for unforeseen problems to crop up.
Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump 's second Supreme Court nominee, strongly denies the allegations and has said he is willing to testify under oath in a public Senate hearing Monday. The White House said Thursday that Kavanaugh and his wife have also received threats.
"Chairman Grassley's staff had a call with Dr. Ford's attorneys today to discuss receiving her testimony in the Judiciary Committee, and will consult with his colleagues on the committee".
Ford is now considering whether to testify before the Judiciary Committee, an outcome pushed by Republicans while Democrats have called for an FBI investigation.
Chrissy Teigen and Other Celebrities' Names We've Been Pronouncing Wrong All Along
Teigen wasn't able to do interviews on the Emmys red carpet , but her husband, happily chatted with ET about his stunning wife. Over the summer, she shared close-up images of her stretch marks, and explained to fans that they're part of her "new body".
"She's quite gregarious and quite a good listener - and kind of the family glue I would say", Peters recalled. Now, no one should expect Ford to remember every detail, but her testimony to the judicial committee is evidence in an investigation. Will Republicans be able to confirm Kavanaugh before the midterm elections?
If Kavanaugh is approved for the Supreme Court, it would give Republicans power over the body.
The Senate Judiciary Committee delayed a vote on Kavanaugh.
Democrats would love to block Kavanaugh, but they're more focused on using Ford to win big at the polls.
Many wore buttons stating "I believe Dr Christine Blasey Ford". Some critics have posted allegations against Ford on the internet that have been debunked.
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, has been seen as a key GOP swing vote on Kavanaugh, because of her support for abortion rights. Moore also denied the allegations.
Female celebrities have taken the initiative in banding together to support Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct in the early 1980s.
Republicans on Capitol Hill and White House officials immediately sought to distance themselves from Whelan's claims.
One of the four has yet to be publicly identified.