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With Kavanaugh's nomination hanging in the balance, and a poll showing he is the least popular supreme court nominee for more than 30 years, Trump waded into the row by impugning Ford's credibility.

According to the White House, a fourth denial was sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Saturday by Leland Keyser, whose lawyer said in a statement she "does not know Mr. Kavanaugh and she has no recollection of ever being at a party or gathering where he was present with, or without, Dr. Ford".

Ford "accepts the committee's request to provide her first-hand knowledge of Brett Kavanaugh's sexual misconduct next week", said a message from her lawyers to the Senate Judiciary Committee, US media reported.

She defended Prof Ford's lack of recall for some of the events of the night in 1982 when she says Brett Kavanaugh, then aged 17, attempted to rape her, aged 15, at a party in Maryland - a claim he has strenuously denied.

The White House is casting doubt on the willingness of a college professor to speak publicly about her sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

In requesting another day to decide, Ford lawyer Debra Katz late Friday 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".

Her lawyer Debra Katz said in a letter to the committee on Saturday that her client had accepted the request to testify but wanted to "continue our negotiations" on the details. "I have never done anything like what the accuser describes -- to her or to anyone".

"There have been a lot of things said about the alcohol that was consumed by the judge as well as by others in his school".

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Approval of Kavanaugh would cement conservative control of the Supreme Court and advance a White House effort to tilt the American judiciary farther to the right.

He also rejected her proposal that she testify after Kavanaugh, a position lawyers consider advantageous because it gives them a chance to rebut accusations.

Katz had said the deadline was "aggressive and artificial". Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, granted one final request for an extension. Now that it appears likely that the Judiciary Committee will hold its hearing on Thursday, September 27, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has nearly a full week to do its work.

Republicans had hoped to push through a successful confirmation of the president's pick to join the Supreme Court before oral arguments begin on October 1.

And let's not forget about the more than five dozen women who knew Kavanaugh during his high school days. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said of Christine Blasey Ford to ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on "This Week" Sunday. In a pair of tweets, the president questioned why Blasey didn't immediately tell law enforcement officials that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her.

There are unresolved procedural and logistical issues, they said, including whether the committee's Republican senators, who are all male, or staff attorneys would question her.

Support for Kavanaugh's nomination in the Senate has fallen largely on party lines, with his confirmation ultimately in the hands of a small number of swing-vote senators.

"This is a completely and totally false allegation", he said after Ford came forward last week. In a report out over the weekend, the Washington Post details insider efforts to prep Kavanaugh for the hearing and explains what's at stake for the GOP, not just in the long-term but in the upcoming midterm elections. He told the Values Voter conference, "In the very near future, Judge Kavanaugh will be on the United States Supreme Court".

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