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>> Explosive allegations of sexual assault brought against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will be aired in an extraordinary public hearing next Monday. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley confirming Kavanaugh and his accuser Christine Blasey Ford will testify before the committee to quote provide ample transparency. The move coming after President Trump seemed to join those pushing for Kavanaugh's confirmation to be postponed.
>> If it takes a little delay, it'll take a little delay.>> Ford alleges that a drunken Kavanaugh held her down, covered her mouth, and tried to remove her clothing at a house party when they were high school students, more than 30 years ago. Ford's lawyer, Deborah Katz, saying the incident traumatized her for years.
>> She clearly considers this an attempted rape. She believes that if it were not for the severe intoxication of Brett Kavanaugh, she would have been raped.>> Reuters has not been able to independently verify her story. Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine joined Democrats who said lawmakers first needed to closely examine the charges levelled by Ford.
>> Obviously, if Judge Kavanaugh has lied about what happened, that would be disqualifying.>> Word of the new hearing coming after a day of high drama in Washington. Kavanaugh issuing a new denial of the charges and huddling with officials at the White House as Senate Republicans try to keep his nomination on track.
>> I mean I think he's very much on track. If they delay it a little bit just to make sure everybody's happy.>> Grassley's decision delays a vote on Kavanaugh's nomination the committee had planned for this Thursday. Monday's planned hearing sets up a scenario not seen since Anita Hill's searing testimony in 1991, when she accused then nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment in the work place.
Thomas was ultimately confirmed by the Senate.