Grassley agrees to second Kavanaugh hearing after GOP members revolt

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyHigh stakes as Trump, Dems open drug price talks Senate approves border bill that prevents shutdown Grassley raises voice after McConnell interrupts Senate speech MORE (R-Iowa) agreed to schedule a second hearing on Brett Kavanaugh for next week after Republican members of his committee insisted on hearing from a woman who has accused him of sexual misconduct.

Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeTrump suggests Heller lost reelection bid because he was 'hostile' during 2016 presidential campaign Live coverage: Trump delivers State of the Union Sasse’s jabs at Trump spark talk of primary challenger MORE (R-Ariz.) threatened to vote against Kavanaugh if his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, didn’t have a chance to testify publicly about her allegation that Kavanaugh assaulted her in high school. 

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“I would have voted "no" absent her being able to tell her story,” Flake, who is retiring after this Congress, told reporters Monday evening. 

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzPoll shows competitive matchup if O’Rourke ran for Senate again Democrats veer left as Trump cements hold on Republicans O’Rourke heading to Wisconsin amid 2020 speculation MORE (R-Texas), who is facing a tough reelection battle in Texas, also exerted pressure on Grassley to schedule another hearing on Kavanaugh, as did Sen. Ben SasseBenjamin (Ben) Eric SasseOvernight Health Care — Sponsored by America's 340B Hospitals — Push for cosponsors for new 'Medicare for all' bill | Court lets Dems defend ObamaCare | Flu season not as severe as last year, CDC says Senate approves border bill that prevents shutdown The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Lawmakers scramble as shutdown deadline nears MORE (R-Neb.), according to two sources familiar with internal deliberations Monday. 

“Sen. Ben Sasse firmly believes that Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh deserve to be heard and that the Senate’s obligation to steward public trust means senators should deliberate thoughtfully and carefully,” said spokesman James Wegmann. 

Flake said he insisted on following committee rules, which require at least one week of notice before hearings. 

Some Republicans on the panel wanted to get the hearings over with this week and discussed changing the panel rules to allow a second hearing on Thursday, but that position failed to achieve enough support. 

A spokeswoman for Cruz did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing earlier this month was marked by partisan fighting and interruptions from protesters.

— Updated at 11:06 p.m.