Kavanaugh accuser wants Federal Bureau of Investigation to probe sex assault claim

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The result is a polarising stalemate over the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh as both sides trade barbs over who is stalling, while the woman at the centre of the controversy, Christine Blasey Ford, a California psychology professor, says she has suffered death threats.

Added Jeffress, " I can say with absolute certainty that the Democrats don't care who is telling the truth. "I can't say that it did or didn't". "The incident did happen".

A lawyer for the woman accusing Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's U.S. Supreme Court nominee, of sexual assault told a Senate panel the professor would be willing to testify next week if it provides "terms that are fair and which ensure her safety", an email seen on Thursday showed.

Kavanaugh denied the allegations when they initially surfaced anonymously after Ford detailed them in a letter to her local Congresswoman and then to California Senator Diane Feinstein.

"In my [Facebook] post, I was empowered and I was sure it probably did [happen]", Miranda told NPR. "I had no idea that I would now have to go to the specifics and defend it before 50 cable channels and have my face spread all over MSNBC and Twitter".

Debra Katz, Ford's lawyer, relayed the response to top staffers on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, requesting to set up a call with them to "discuss the conditions under which [Ford] would be prepared to testify next week".

"We believe that Chrissy has acted bravely by voicing her experience from the past, and we know how hard this is for her. Chrissy is not someone who chooses to be in the spotlight", the letter said. She also identified another student and friend of Kavanaugh's, Mark Judge, as being in the room.

"If you have been assaulted or harassed by a powerful Republican man, you better not talk about it or you're going to pay a price", Murray said concerning Ford's situation.

The Senate Judiciary Committee, which is overseeing the nomination, had called a hearing for Monday to examine the matter, and the White House had said Kavanaugh was ready to testify.

"One is we have a responsibility to hear her out", Grassley said.

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.

The tone was a more forceful admission of the GOP's push to confirm Kavanaugh with or without Ford's testimony.

Ford's attorneys say she wants the FBI to investigate her allegation before she testifies.

"McCaskill is the first of five undecided Senate Democrats in competitive re-election races to come out against Kavanaugh".

But so far, they and the White House have, by and large, played it smart. At this point, though, that has not happened and is unlikely to. "For the entire time we have known Brett Kavanaugh, he has behaved honorably and treated women with respect", they wrote.

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump, said today he wants "to hear what she has to say", "feels terrible for...the unfair process" Kavanaugh has been subjected to.

Mr Trump has repeatedly stated his support for Mr Kavanaugh, saying he thought he was being treated unfairly.

"It's very unfair, I think, to - as you know, Justice Kavanaugh has been treated very, very tough, and his family", the president said.

"I don't think the Federal Bureau of Investigation should be involved because they don't want to be involved", Trump said.

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