GOP pushing forward for Kavanaugh, accuser wants 'fairness'

US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh left with Republican senator Chuck Grassley. AFP

Democrats in general are complaining that the process is being rushed, but some women are seeing a deeper - and possibly insidious - narrative, especially if Republicans go ahead with Monday's hearing without Ford.

An attorney for Christine Blasey Ford said Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley is unnecessarily rushing toward a hearing by pushing for her to testify about her allegation of sexual assault against President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee.

But later, Grassley sent a letter to Blasey Ford setting a Friday deadline for her to respond to the invitation to testify.

"I have scheduled the hearing continuation for this Monday because Dr. Ford, through her counsel, expressed the desire to tell her story under oath".

Sen. Chuck Grassley on Wednesday refused to delay Monday's hearing on sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh - or pursue an FBI investigation into the accusations. Patty Murray saying Thursday that Republicans should be "ashamed" for pushing forward without a fair investigation.

Republicans fear if the nomination is delayed any further, it could be endangered by a possible Democratic sweep of the looming congressional midterm elections in seven weeks. Two others have said they have no recollection of any incident like the one described by Ford.

"I'd really want to see her".

Hirono also railed against Grassley's assertion that Republicans have done all they can do to contact Ford and have her appear before his committee, telling ABC's "World News Tonight" on Wednesday that "That's such bulls*** I can hardly stand it". She must submit a biography and a written statement if she meant to testify on Monday, he said.

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"Republicans are trying to bully her into a rigged hearing", No. 2 Senate Democratic leader Dick Durbin of IL tweeted about Ford. After indicating earlier this week that she would appear before lawmakers, Ford wants other witnesses - not just Ford and Kavanaugh - to participate and wants the Federal Bureau of Investigation to reopen its background check of Kavanaugh.

It would certainly be understandable if Ford decided not to go through the brutal spectacle of a committee hearing. But in the days since she publicly accused Kavanaugh of assaulting her at a party 35 years ago, the lawyers said, she has been the target of "vicious harassment and even death threats". She accused Kavanaugh of attacking her and trying to remove her clothing while he was drunk at a party when he was 17 years old and she was 15. Ford and Democrats want the FBI to investigate her allegations Kavanaugh assaulted her three decades ago, but Republicans are refusing.

Kavanaugh has denied Ford's allegation.

Any woman in the public eye can tell you about that.

Republicans are resisting all Democratic efforts to slow and perhaps block Kavanaugh's confirmation. A nominee needs a simple majority of 51 votes to be confirmed.

Ford wants an FBI investigation done before testifying, but President Donald Trump and Republicans have rebuffed her.

"We believe that Chrissy has acted bravely by voicing her experience from the past, and we know how hard this is for her. Chrissy is not someone who chooses to be in the spotlight", the letter said.

After Ford's allegations became public in the 11th hour of Kavanaugh's confirmation process, the Senate Committee on the Judiciary delayed its vote until after Kavanaugh and Ford had the chance to testify publicly.

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