Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill September 4, 2018 in Washington, DC. 










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Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill September 4, 2018 in Washington, DC. 

The Senate Judiciary Committee will on Thursday hear the testimony of Christine Blasey Ford, a California professor who has accused U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of a decades-old incident of sexual assault.

blasted the committee leadership for “bullying” their client. Ford’s agreement brings an end to a stalemate that lasted for more than a week, and overshadowed President Donald Trump‘s second selection for a high court vacancy.

“We committed to moving forward with an open hearing on Thursday, Sept 27 at 10:00 am,” wrote Ford’s lawyers, in a statement. “Despite actual threats to her safety and her life, Dr. Ford believes it is important for Senators to hear directly from her about the sexual assault committed against her.”

The Senate’s oversight body and Ford’s legal representatives had been locked in a standoff about the contours of her appearance before the committee.

Meanwhile, a polarizing public debate — fueled largely by the “Me Too” movement of sexual harassment survivors — has converged with the politics surrounding the Supreme Court’s delicate ideological balance.

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