GOP senator: Kavanaugh, accuser will get chance to testify publicly

GOP senator: Kavanaugh, accuser will get chance to testify publicly
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GOP Sen. John KennedyJohn Neely KennedyMORE (La.) said on Monday that both Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the woman accusing him of sexual assault will get the chance to testify publicly.

“There will be a full opportunity for both the accuser and the accused to be heard,” Kennedy told reporters.

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Asked if he meant be heard publicly, Kennedy said “yes.”

Kennedy’s comments came after Senate Judiciary Committee members met in a closed-door meeting to discuss the next steps in the Kavanaugh nomination process.

Several GOP senators declined to comment coming out of the committee, saying Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyGOP presses Trump to make a deal on spending On The Money: Judge upholds House subpoena for Trump financial records | Trump vows to appeal ruling by 'Obama-appointed judge' | Canada, Mexico lift retaliatory tariffs on US | IRS audit rate falls Canada, Mexico lift tariffs on US goods after Trump scraps steel, aluminum levies MORE (R-Iowa) will be making an announcement imminently.

The White House said on Monday that Kavanaugh is ready to testify as soon as Tuesday if the Senate asks him to.

“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,” they said.

Republicans have faced growing calls for Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, his accuser, to speak with lawmakers after Ford told The Washington Post that Kavanaugh pinned her down and tried to remove her clothes at a party when they were both in high school in the early 1980s.

Kavanaugh has denied wrongdoing and offered to speak with the committee. 

Updated at 6:03 p.m.