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Supreme Court nominee faces sexual assault allegation

Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford willing to testify

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  • The latest: The legal team for Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, and the Senate Judiciary Committee are working out the details for a possible hearing next week. The committee will likely propose Wednesday as the date.
  • What Trump’s saying: The President tweeted this morning disparaging Ford and saying Kavanaugh is “under assault.”
  • Recapping this week: The Senate Judiciary Committee had called on Ford to testify on Monday, but she said she wants an FBI investigation first.
  • What about the Kavanaugh vote? The judge is facing the conformation of a lifetime. Here’s where Senators stand on his nomination now.
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Grassley says if no agreement on Ford testimony, committee will vote Monday

Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley said if there is no agreement tonight on testimony by Christine Blasey Ford, the committee would vote on the Brett Kavanaugh nomination on Monday. 

The deadline has been extended to 10pm.

The statement:

“Despite the fact that the July 30th letter remains hidden, my committee has been investigating the allegations and has heard from multiple witnesses since Sunday. Ms. Katz has discussed Dr. Ford’s allegations in numerous media interviews and said on TV Monday morning that Dr. Ford wants to share her account with the Senate Judiciary Committee. It’s Friday night and nothing’s been agreed to despite our extensive efforts to make testimony possible,” Grassley said. “I’m extending the deadline for response yet again to 10 o’clock this evening. I’m providing a notice of a vote to occur Monday in the event that Dr. Ford’s attorneys don’t respond or Dr. Ford decides not to testify. In the event that we can come to a reasonable resolution as I’ve been seeking all week, then I will postpone the committee vote to accommodate her testimony. We cannot continue to delay.”

Ben Carson says good people won't want to serve in government after Ford's allegations

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson said people will be less inclined to accept high-ranking government positions after Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh.

He added: “First of all, sexual predators… it’s abominable, there’s no room for it. Having said that, we must recognize that there are two sides to every story.”

Carson, who was speaking in a personal capacity at the Christian political conference, spoke at length about the importance of confirming Brett Kavanaugh into the Supreme Court. Carson said that “(Democrats) thought they had the courts, but it was snatched away from them in November of 2016.” 

“They realized that they are going to lose the courts for another generation,” he said. “So what is left? Chaos and destruction.”