Committee gives Kavanaugh accuser more time
WASHINGTON (AP) – The high-stakes brinkmanship over whether Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser would testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee has come to a momentary standstill as GOP Chairman Chuck Grassley gave Christine Blasey Ford more time to decide on the terms of her appearance.
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.
Ford’s accusations of Kavanaugh’s behavior 35 years ago and the unusually tense standoff over the terms of her appearance have captivated the nation as the appellate court judge’s confirmation to the court hangs in balance. In a late-night tweet Grassley said he was granting Ford more time.
President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, in Springfield, Mo. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
FILE – In this Sept. 4, 2018, file photo Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh is surrounded by photographers as he stands with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley R-Iowa, during his confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Senate Republicans are moving ahead with Kavnaugh but it’s not at all clear if confirming the conservative judge will provide the mid-term election boost once envisioned or saddle the GOP with political fallout from Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations of sexual assault for years to come.(Jim Bourg/Pool Photo via AP, File)
U.S. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), speaks to the media on Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, in Portland, Maine. Collins said she’s “appalled” by President Donald Trump’s tweet criticizing Christine Blasey, accuser of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. (AP Photo/Patrick Whittle)
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, walks through a tunnel towards the Dirksen Senate Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
FILE – In this Sept. 6, 2018, file photo, after more than an hour of delay over procedural questions, President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh waits to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee for the third day of his confirmation hearing, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct when they were teenagers has come forward to The Washington Post. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
FILE – In this Sept. 5, 2018, file photo, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, for the second day of his confirmation hearing to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
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