GOP Swing Vote Collins 'Appalled' at Trump Tweet Needling Ford

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He also heaped praise on Kavanaugh, writing: 'Judge Brett Kavanaugh is a fine man, with an impeccable reputation, who is under assault by radical left wing politicians who don't want to know the answers, they just want to destroy and delay. But Bozell also said that Ford's "interpretation might be a lot different than what happened". As he and others acknowledge, this surely will not be the last time that an allegation of sexual assault or harassment surfaces with a judicial or any other executive nomination. "We're going to plow right through it". After my first ten cases, the ache in my stomach would come like clockwork as I sat down to open a sexual assault file for the first time.

Now, Ford's willingness to negotiate to appear later next week sets up the most dramatic and politically significant she-said-he-said since Anita Hill testified at the reopened Senate hearings on Justice Clarence Thomas' nomination to the court.

Her suggestions include: input from experts in sexual violence to guide procedure and questioning of witnesses, investigation of allegations by a "neutral" body with experience in sexual misconduct, and a commitment to not rush the process.

By refusing to call Mark Judge as a witness, and refusing to direct the FBI to investigate, Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the president are in lockstep.

"I know a lot of people that things like this have happened to and they don't talk about it".

Ford's lawyers had said on Tuesday she would testify only if the FBI first investigated her allegation.

"I was appalled by the president's tweet", said Sen. "The angrier they get, the better we're doing".

But she ruled out any testimony next Monday, calling the date "arbitrary".

Lawyers for Ford have said she wants to testify before a Senate panel next week, but only if her safety is guaranteed. She also alleges that he covered her mouth to prevent her from screaming for help. Kavanaugh has accepted the committee's invitation for Monday, saying he "categorically and unequivocally" denies the assault.

"She has been receiving death threats, which have been reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and she and her family have been forced out of their home", Ford's lawyers said in a letter published by U.S. media.

Senator Feinstein, the ranking member on the Judiciary Committee, did not share that letter with anyone on the committee, honoring the confidentiality of the writer. Interviews with almost a dozen women across the country this week suggested a nuanced reaction to the news in Washington that could pose risks to both parties.

The Senate Judiciary Committee released a letter it sent to Ford's attorneys earlier on Friday in which it accepted some of their demands, including that Kavanaugh not be in the room when she testifies. "She needs to have the FBI investigate".

What does the committee say?

Thirty three protesters were arrested outside of Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles E. Grassley's office in the Hart Senate Office Building Thursday afternoon.

Groups of protesters, a lot of them women, clogged the lobby of Grassley's Senate office on Thursday and targeted other Republican lawmakers.

What has Mr Trump said?

Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), said through a spokesman late Thursday that he would be consulting with colleagues on how to proceed.

Douglas Wigdor, a former prosecutor who now represents victims of sexual harassment and assault, says that's why it can be hard to pursue a criminal case when a victim reports an assault years after the fact.

Then-Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Joe Biden, D-Del., asked then-President George H.W. Bush to involve the Federal Bureau of Investigation in looking into Hill's accusations.

Of course, there's no reason her attorneys can't tell the committee what she plans to do tonight by 10 pm.

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