Details of Thursday hearing for Kavanaugh accuser to be set

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Christine Blasey Ford will testify in an open hearing on Thursday at 10 a.m. about what she says was a sexual assault by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh at a party decades ago, her lawyers said on Sunday, even as negotiations continue over certain details.

The attorneys made it clear they take umbrage with the fact that Mark Judge, who Ford alleges was with Kavanaugh when he committed the assault, will not be subpoenaed.

Sen. Dick Durbin, a Democrat on the committee, said Sunday he believed Ford's requests have been "reasonable" and that she deserves a fair hearing to determine whether her allegations are "serious" enough to vote down Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination.

Republicans have grown frustrated as Ford's lawyers insisted on a hearing next Thursday rather than Monday or even Wednesday and made other requests, some of which the committee chairman, Sen. Ford herself accounted for that discrepancy by saying that four boys were at the party, but only two of them had followed her upstairs and assaulted her while the other two boys remained downstairs, unaware of what was taking place.

In a series of tweets Thursday, Ed Whelan presented a freaky theory on Twitter that accuser Christine Blasey Ford was not sexually assaulted by Kavanaugh when the two were high school students, as she alleged. "Go ahead and ruin this guy's life based on an accusation?" he told Fox News Sunday.

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh listens during his U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Sept. 4, 2018.

But he adds that "unless there's something more" to back up her accusation, he's "not going to ruin Judge Kavanaugh's life over this".

According to media reports, the two sides reached the deal over the telephone Saturday and are expected to further negotiate Sunday the terms of Christine Blasey Ford appearance before the committee.

The White House is casting doubt on the willingness of a college professor to speak publicly about her sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

Ramirez has called on the FBI to investigate her claims, as have Democratic Senate lawmakers - who first learned about the accusations last week, along with Senior Republican staffers.

Ford agreed to testify Thursday after an increasingly ugly weeklong standoff that saw her forced to leave her California home as she faced death threats and the president openly attacked her credibility.

Republicans on the committee and Ford's lawyers had disagreed on numerous counts. The president has himself been accused of sexual misconduct by more than a dozen women, allegations he has denied.

Kavanaugh denied the allegation in a statement released by the White House. The committee said all three told investigators that they had no recollection of the evening in question.

While Republicans are pushing to get the judge approved as soon as possible, Democrats have supported Ford's call for an FBI investigation into her allegations - a move that would potentially provide additional information, but also delay the proceedings. The Judiciary Committee pinned down the identities of the other witness, including Patrick Smyth, in the course of its investigation.

"This alleged event from 35 years ago did not happen", Kavanaugh said. In that case, the FBI investigated Hill's allegations and produced a report three days later, before the Judiciary Committee held its now-infamous hearings with Hill and Thomas. Trump has called her allegation into question, writing on Twitter on Friday that "if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents".

"I remember a penis being in front of my face", she said.

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