Monday vote on Kavanaugh if no agreement reached with accuser, Grassley says

September 21, 2018 - 7:25 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) —  The Senate Judiciary Committee chairman says his panel will vote Monday on Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination if there's no agreement on whether and how the woman accusing him of a long-ago sexual assault will tell her story to lawmakers.

Republican Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley says he's giving attorneys for Christine Blasey Ford until 10 p.m. Friday to reach an accord.

Grassley says in a statement that he has not agreed to Ford's proposal that she testify after Kavanaugh.

He also says he'll decide who conducts the questioning. That indicates he's rejected Ford's request that the committee's all-male members not use an outside counsel, likely a woman, to question Ford.

Grassley's statement raises pressure on Ford to agree to his terms or lose her chance to testify.