Polls: Kavanaugh’s Popularity Hits New Lows After Ford Accusation

Polls: Kavanaugh’s Popularity Hits New Lows After Ford Accusation

A woman who accuses US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault has accepted a Senate Judiciary Committee's request for her to tell her story.

Republicans grew 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.

Christine Blasey Ford's attorney, Debra Katz (shown above left; Ford is at far right), just handed her what looks like an insurmountable credibility problem.

In a tweet, Ed Whelan, the president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center and, according to The Washington Post, a strategist helping Kavanaugh navigate claims of sexual assault by Christine Blasey Ford, said he "takes full responsibility for that mistake, and I deeply apologize for it".

He acknowledged that lawmakers will "probably not" be able to know the truth of Ford's decades-old accusation that Kavanaugh assaulted her at a house party when they were teenagers.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) originally set the deadline for Ford to decide whether she would appear and testify at a scheduled hearing on September 24, for 10 a.m. on Friday.

"Its sole objective is to bully Dr. Ford and deprive her of the ability to make a considered decision that has life-altering implications for her and her family", Katz said in the letter. Senate GOP leaders have argued that they have been very accommodating to Ford's requests, while Democrats say Republicans have bullied Ford with unreasonable deadlines.

Kavanaugh, 53, has denied Blasey's allegation and will be given the chance to respond to her testimony. Staff also obtained testimony from Judge and another person who Ford said was present at the house during the assault.

Some details of the hearing, such as the order of their appearance, remained in negotiation.

Trump and the White House had been careful not to malign Ford after her allegations surfaced, but Trump dropped the restraint in his tweets on Friday.

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"I want to listen to her, but I'm being honest with you and everybody else".

Smyth then added: "Personally speaking, I have known Brett Kavanaugh since high school and I know him to be a person of great integrity, a great friend, and I have never witnessed any improper conduct by Brett Kavanaugh towards women".

"I have not communicated at all with [White House counsel] Donald McGahn or anyone at the White House, or Judge Kavanaugh, about the topic of the Twitter thread", Ed Whelan said in a brief interview with The Washington Post.

The allegation against Judge Kavanaugh, President Trump's pick for the United States top court, became public last week. You know, I'm a woman. Grassley told her he needed an answer by Friday at 10 a.m.

In backing away from deadlines and demands, Grassley underscored the sensitivity with which Senate Republicans have tried handling Ford. "But she should come forward, she should have her say, she will be respectfully treated". Meanwhile, Democrats have made numerous attempts to stall Kavanaugh's selection, with the GOP still holding a slim majority in the Senate.

If a final agreement on the details of the hearing is reached, that would set the stage for a dramatic, searing confrontation next week.

Tensions have been running on overdrive since Ford went public last week with her allegation that Kavanaugh assaulted her when they in high school. According to a recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, 38% of registered voters now oppose Kavanaugh's confirmation, while 34% support it.

"She has already been forced out of her home and continues to be subjected to harassment, hate mail, and death threats".

Other tweets from Grassley Friday night read like group chat, with direct appeals to Ford and text-message shorthand.

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