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Though Kavanaugh has found support in the wake of Ford's allegations from some Republican lawmakers and other allies, the allegations have resulted in an outpouring of support for Ford from activist organizations, sexual assault survivors and other women and supporters.

Former Congressional candidate Gina Sosa's defense of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh during a CNN interview went viral and drew heavy criticism for normalizing sexual assault.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said lawyers for Ford are contesting two GOP conditions of the proposed 10 a.m. Thursday hearing - that Ford and Kavanaugh will be the only witnesses and that an independent counsel will ask the questions.

According to CNN's Manu Raj, Ford's attorneys are still pushing for Mark Judge, whom she claims was in the room where the alleged assault occurred, subpoenaed.

It said she had considered leaving the U.S. when it became clear Kavanaugh would be Trump's pick for supreme court justice.

Earlier, the panel had given the California professor until 2:30 pm (1830 GMT) to decide whether to appear, after she rejected a Friday evening deadline imposed by the committee's Republican leader, Chuck Grassley. "I have never done anything like what the accuser describes -- to her or to anyone".

"We have to fight for him, not anxious about the other side", he said.

Donald Trump delivers remarks on his supreme court nominee.

A possible witness who Ford said was at the party where Kavanaugh allegedly assaulted her said she has no recollection of attending it.

Debra Katz, one of Ford's attorneys, noted that her client has said she didn't share her story with anyone for years.

Ford's lawyers said Thursday night that Ford wouldn't be able to get to Washington before next Thursday because of all that her family is dealing with, according to a Senate Democratic leadership aide. If there's no response or a rejection of the offer, Grassley said, the committee may set a vote on Kavanaugh's nomination for Monday. In tweet Friday, Trump broke his silence to cast doubt on Ford's story in ways Republicans had been carefully trying to avoid.

Since Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's story became public, she has asked for the FBI to investigate - a request that demonstrates her sincerity and her confidence that an impartial inquiry will further corroborate and confirm the account she has given.

Kavanaugh has denied the allegation and pledged to testify.

Additionally, as the only other woman supposedly at the gathering, Keyser's statement may hold more weight with key Republican Sen.

Significantly, by submitting statements to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Kavanaugh, Judge, Smyth, and Keyser have all subjected themselves to legal jeopardy under federal law, which makes it a crime to make "any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or representation" to a Senate committee conducting an official investigation. Meanwhile, Democrats have made numerous attempts to stall Kavanaugh's selection, with the GOP still holding a slim majority in the Senate.

"She was like, 'I can't deal with this, '" Russell Ford said.

Some "procedural and logistical" questions have yet to be resolved, including whether Ford will face questions from attorneys on the committee staff or senators themselves, Ford's lawyers said.

Christine Blasey Ford's accusations and the standoff over the terms of her appearance have left Kavanaugh's confirmation in limbo.


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