Senate panel postpones vote on Kavanaugh after deal with accuser

Senate panel postpones vote on Kavanaugh after deal with accuser
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The Senate Judiciary Committee has formally postponed a vote on Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination after reaching a deal on a hearing with Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing him of sexual misconduct. 
 
Aides for Grassley said that as a result of getting a deal with Ford to testify publicly on Thursday, the Monday vote will be postponed. 
 
"Chairman Grassley has also postponed the committee’s vote on Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination previously scheduled for Monday," Grassley's office said in an email to reporters.
  
Grassley's staff did not say for when the vote would be rescheduled, but it would likely be delayed until at least next week. Republicans hold a one-seat majority on the committee, meaning if they all vote for Kavanaugh he would get the support needed to be reported favorably to the full Senate.
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Grassley initially scheduled the Monday vote on Friday night as his staff and lawyers for Ford struggled to get a deal on the GOP senator's offer of a Wednesday public hearing. 
 
"I’m providing a notice of a vote to occur Monday in the event that Dr. Ford’s attorneys don’t respond or Dr. Ford decides not to testify. In the event that we can come to a reasonable resolution as I’ve been seeking all week, then I will postpone the committee vote to accommodate her testimony. We cannot continue to delay," Grassley said at the time. 
 
The Judiciary Committee and lawyers for Ford announced earlier Sunday that they had gotten a deal on the public hearing on Thursday, where Ford will testify about her allegation that at a party in the 1980s Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed and tried to remove her clothing. 
 
Kavanaugh has denied wrongdoing and said he wants to testify to "clear my name."