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The Senate Judiciary Committee is planning to hold a public hearing next Monday and expects to call Judge Brett Kavanaugh and professor Christine Blasey Ford to testify, according to a senior administration official and several top Republican lawmakers.
The expectation is that both would appear on the same day but not side-by-side on the same panel.
The Senate Committee on the Judiciary hearing on the nomination of the Honorable Brett M. Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States will continue Monday, September 24, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.
— Garrett Ventry (@GarrettVentry) September 17, 2018
DiFi tells reporters in capitol that Senate Republicans just told there will be a new Kavanaugh hearing MONDAY
— Jonathan Martin (@jmartNYT) September 17, 2018
Judge Kavanaugh and Professor Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused him of sexually assaulting her during a party in high school, will both come before the Committee to testify about the allegations.
Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) told reporters Monday that Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) “told senators there would be an ‘opportunity’ for senators to hear from Judge Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, in a public setting where senators would be able to ask questions.”
“Judge Kavanaugh looks forward to a hearing where he can clear his name of this false allegation. He stands ready to testify tomorrow if the Senate is ready to hear him,” White House spokesman Raj Shah said in a statement Monday.
White House statement: "Judge #Kavanaugh looks forward to a hearing where he can clear his name of this false allegation. He stands ready to testify tomorrow if the Senate is ready to hear him.”
— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) September 17, 2018
This hearing will effectively delay a planned Senate Judiciary Committee vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation originally scheduled for this Thursday.