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GOP gives Kavanaugh accuser until 10pm to reach deal or panel votes Monday

The Senate Judiciary Chairman has rejected key conditions that Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser wants if she is to testify about her claim of sexual assault and given her until 10pm Friday to come to a ‘reasonable resolution’.  

Senator Chuck Grassley said his Republican-run panel would vote on sending Kavanaugh’s nomination for Supreme Court Justice to the full Senate by Monday if attorneys for Christine Blasey Ford do not come to a decision by Friday night.  

‘We are unwilling to accommodate your unreasonable demands,’ Grassley wrote. 

He said his panel would vote Monday on Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination without an agreement and there has been no immediate response from Ford’s lawyers.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley said he is giving Christine Blasey Ford’s attorneys until 10pm Friday night to reach a ‘reasonable resolution’

Grassley said the panel will vote to confirm Kavanaugh (left) Monday without an agreement between Ford's (right) lawyers and the Senate Judiciary Committee

Ford says Kavanaugh once pinned her to a bed in a locked room, put his hand over her mouth, and tried to undress her while he groped her through a one-piece swimsuit

Grassley said the panel will vote to confirm Kavanaugh (left) Monday without an agreement between Ford’s (right) lawyers and the Senate Judiciary Committee 

That silence and Grassley’s offer, which did not rule out further compromise, left uncertain whether Ford would appear and tell lawmakers and a captivated nation about her allegation that an inebriated Kavanaugh trapped her on a bed and tried removing her clothes when both were teenagers in the 1980s.

Kavanaugh, a 53-year-old District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals judge, has repeatedly denied the accusation.

Grassley sent Ford’s attorneys a proposal earlier Friday offering a Wednesday hearing – Ford preferred Thursday – and said, ‘It is not fair to him or to his family to allow this situation to continue without a resolution and without an opportunity for him to clear his name.’

Grassley said he was rebuffing Ford’s proposals that she testify after Kavanaugh and that only senators, not outside counsel, be allowed to ask questions. 

The committee’s 11 Republicans – all men – have been seeking an outside female attorney to interrogate Ford, mindful of the election-season impression that could be left by men trying to pick apart a woman’s assertion of a sexual attack.

He also refused to call additional witnesses. Ford wants an appearance by Mark Judge, a Kavanaugh friend who Ford asserts was at the high school party and in the bedroom where Kavanaugh’s assault occurred. 

Ford eventually escaped.

Grassley said he’d consented to several other Ford demands, including that she be provided security and that Kavanaugh not be in the hearing room when she testifies.

In this Sept. 4, 2018, file photo Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh stands with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley R-Iowa, during his confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill 

In this Sept. 4, 2018, file photo Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh stands with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley R-Iowa, during his confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill 

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