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Public hearing scheduled for Kavanaugh, accuser

The vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh has been pushed back so Kavanaugh and his accuser can testify before a congressional committee.
Credit: Drew Angerer
Judge Brett Kavanaugh pauses while delivering his opening statement during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee in the Hart Senate Office Building on September 4, 2018. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing next Monday with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the woman accusing him of sexual assault when they were teens.

That's according to the GOP chairman, Chuck Grassley of Iowa, who announced the hearing Monday "to give these recent allegations a full airing."

Grassley had tried to have the panel's staff conduct phone interviews with both Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford. But Democrats rejected the private interviews and want the FBI to investigate the allegations as part of the nominee's background investigation.

Grassley says "anyone who comes forward" as Ford has done "deserves to be heard."

Kavanaugh denies assaulting the woman. The White House says he "looks forward to a hearing where he can clear his name."

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