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Maine Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican who supports abortion rights and is expected to be a swing vote on Kavanaugh, said she was "appalled by the President's tweet", the Associated Press reported. You've watched the fight, you've watched the tactics, but here's what I want to tell you: "In the very near future, Judge Kavanaugh will be on the United States Supreme Court", McConnell said.

The president previously had avoided naming Ford or plainly casting doubt on her account.

Ford alleges that Kavanaugh sexually and physically assaulted her in the early 1980s during a party while they were in high school. Kavanaugh has accepted the committee's invitation for Monday, saying he "categorically and unequivocally" denies the assault.

Ford's supporters said McConnell's comments Friday morning proved that he was not serious about hearing the California professor's side of the story and was just doing it for appearances.

"You would hope that there would be a clear-minded, honest journalist who could go and look at this and say: Alright, we need to actually look at what we can find out". While the committee may not have a process to deal specifically with sexual misconduct claims, he says it handles that and other sensitive allegations (violence, substance abuse, problems with truth telling) that come up when evaluating a nominee's fitness.

After going through psychotherapy, Ford said, she now understands the incident as a trauma that has had lasting impact on her life.

"He said / she said" has become part of the lexicon of language used to discuss sexual assault cases for a reason.

But in a single tweet, Trump appears to have upended that strategy. But it leaked to the media last week - throwing Kavanaugh's nomination into doubt and plunging Washington into a crisis about how to handle the new information.

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"Brett was the kind of guy you wanted to take home to your parents", said Maura Fitzgerald, a longtime friend since high school who once dated Kavanaugh.

Ford's lawyer Debra Katz told the committee testifying on Monday was not possible. If her team blows the deadline, I expect to see 25 almost identical think-pieces over the weekend about why her snub makes her a champion for women.

"It's tricky, perilous business", said Democratic strategist Jim Manley, a former Senate aide who handled Senate Judiciary confirmations.

Reporters had assigned seating and were kept separated from the nominee, who was whisked to and from the room.

Ford has agreed to testify next week, if the Committee agrees to conditions, including that Kavanaugh must not be in the room while she answers questions.

"We'll do it on Wednesday; we expect the accuser before the accused and we do intend to have the counsel do the questioning", a Republican senator who asked not to be named told Politico.

Conway says Ford and Kavanaugh should testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee next week. She is willing to undergo an FBI investigation and testify under oath before the Senate. They also pushed to hear publicly from any other identified witnesses and character witnesses for both Blasey Ford and Kavanaugh. 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.

Kavanaugh, meanwhile, has said he is ready to appear on Monday (Tuesday NZT). Kavanaugh accepted, and has spent most of the week at the White House preparing. Although they are employing a more gentle touch, Republican members of the Committee are doing to Dr Ford what they did to Anita Hill, 27 years ago, when they refused to allow three independent witnesses to testify in support of Hill's version of events.

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