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U.S. Sen. Susan Collins R-Maine considered one of the few possible Republican

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins R-Maine considered one of the few possible Republican"no votes on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh speaks to news media at Saint Anselm College Friday Sept. 21 2018 in Manchester N.H

In this September 5, 2018, file photo, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, for the second day of his confirmation hearing to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her more than 30 years ago, will testify Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh denies the allegations by Christine Blasey Ford.

The brinkmanship over whether Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's accuser will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee has come to a standstill, for now.

Republicans and Democrats want Ford to testify before the committee; committee leaders have been negotiating the terms with her lawyers.

Dr Ford, a university professor, had originally been granted a deadline on Friday, which later was extended to Saturday, to agree to testify.

"She should decide so we can move on". "I hope she comes". "It's not my normal approach to b indecisive".

Katz had called Grassley's original deadline "arbitrary" and said 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".

Ford also requested that at no point during any potential hearing would she be in the same room as Kavanaugh.

She said Mr Kavanaugh tried to drunkenly remove her clothing at a party, pinned her to a bed and covered her mouth when she was 15 and he was 17. "Since then, all four of these individuals have provided statements to the Senate Judiciary Committee denying any knowledge of the incident or even having attended such a party".

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President Donald Trump, who took to Twitter to cast doubt on Ford's credibility Friday, was quiet on the issue Saturday. "Kavanaugh and I were friends in high school but I do not recall the party described" by Ford, Judge continued.

"I think Dr. Ford has come forward understanding what she was going to face", Sen.

"We look at this statement as a delay tactic", the official said.

"We know that allegations of sexual assault are some of the most under-reported crimes that exist", Collins said.

Republicans have an 11-10 majority on the Senate Judiciary Committee, so one Republican refusing to back Kavanaugh could stall the nomination, at least briefly, FiveThirtyEight reports.

Under the hashtag #WhyIDidntReport, thousands of women began recounting why it took them many years to talk about their attacks.

Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand called Friday's comments a "vile attack".

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

The person familiar with Ford's legal team's thinking said Saturday that the attorneys will continue to push for their other demands, including whether senators will question Ford directly or whether they will use staff attorneys, and whether they will subpoena Judge. In a tweet aimed at Kavanaugh shortly before midnight, Grassley said he was giving them additional time.

Pence tells a gathering of evangelical activists in Washington that the appeals court judge's record and career deserve "the respect of every member of the United States Senate". In response, Debra Katz, who is representing Ford, wrote in a letter to the committee that its "cavalier treatment of a sexual assault survivor who has been doing her best to cooperate with the Committee is completely inappropriate".

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