Kavanaugh accuser says she’s not ready to testify

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WASHINGTON D.C. (News4Utah)- Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination remains in limbo.

Lawmakers say they don’t know if a woman who’s accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct will agree to testify next week.

Senate Republicans say if Dr. Christine Ford wants to testify against judge Brett Kavanaugh her one and only chance is at a Monday hearing.

“I think the American people deserve to hear her accusations and judge for themselves,” he said.

But Ford says she’s not ready to testify.

She wants the FBI to investigate her claim that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a party in the 1980s when both were teenagers.

Hawaii Senator Mazie Hirono says unless the FBI gets involved, Monday’s hearing will be a “he said, she said” situation.

“What can we expect him to say except to deny the whole thing? because for him to say anything else would deep-six his nomination,” she said.

Senator Chuck Grassley, the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, says he will not ask for help from the FBI.

“Where I’m focused right now is doing everything that we can to make Dr. Ford comfortable with coming before a committee,” Grassley said.

Grassley has offered a private interview instead of a public hearing, but he says so far there’s been no response from Ford or her lawyers.

President Trump continues to defend Kavanaugh, but says he’s willing to listen to what

Ford has to say.

“If she shows up and makes a credible showing, that would be very interesting, and we’d have to make a decision,” he said.

The Judiciary Committee wants Ford to decide whether or not she’ll testify–and whether in public or private– by Friday.

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