The Senate Judiciary Committee agreed to a hearing on Thursday with Christine Blasey Ford regarding her allegation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her while in high school, Politico reports. Senators and Ford exchanged several offers as they hashed out the makings of the most important congressional hearing in years. Meanwhile, the New Yorker reported that Deborah Ramirez, a Yale University classmate of Kavanaugh, said the nominee exposed himself to her at a freshman party. Kavanaugh issued a statement on Sunday calling the charge “a smear, plain and simple.”
While Democrats seek an FBI probe of the new charge, Kavanaugh’s confirmation may hinge on his and Ford’s performance regarding her earlier accusation that threatens to scuttle the GOP’s plan to confirm a new high court justice before the midterm elections. “Dr. Ford accepts the Committee’s request to provide her first-hand knowledge of Brett Kavanaugh’s sexual misconduct next week,” wrote Debra Katz and Lisa Banks, Ford’s attorneys. Ford’s legal team now includes Michael Bromwich, a former federal prosecutor and Justice Department inspector general. Some Republicans initially questioned whether the acceptance from Ford and her attorneys was merely designed to orchestrate further hindrances to Kavanaugh’s confirmation.