WASHINGTON — The woman who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault will appear Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, her lawyers said, setting up a high-stakes face-off.
After days of haggling over terms of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, details about the event were still being hammered out Sunday afternoon between lawmakers and the lawyer for the accuser, California college professor Christine Blasey Ford.
Ford, 51 years old, has alleged that when they were all teenagers in the 1980s, Judge Kavanaugh, now 53, and a friend pulled her into a room at a party, where Judge Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed, groped her and attempted to remove her clothes. Judge Kavanaugh has categorically denied the allegations.
Republicans said Sunday they wouldn’t yield on one of the main sticking points in the negotiations over Thursday’s hearing: whether outside lawyers should be allowed to question both Ford and Judge Kavanaugh, in addition to senators.
- ^ An expanded version of this report appears at WSJ.com. (www.wsj.com)