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Senators scramble ahead of Kavanaugh-Ford hearing

Close up of Brett Kavanaugh
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Photo: Matt McClain/Getty Images

After several days of what Hill sources called a never-ending game of pingpong, Christine Blasey Ford's attorney told the Senate Judiciary Committee her client will testify in an open hearing on Thursday.

Why it matters: The uncertainty and sensitivity of Thursday's showdown has key senators scrambling to prepare for the moment.

Trump to Kavanaugh accuser: Show us the police filings

Trump leans in while speaking emphatically
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President Trump defended his Supreme Court nominee — who has been accused of sexual assault — on Twitter Friday and suggested that his accuser should have reported the alleged attack to police when it happened:

"Judge Brett Kavanaugh is a fine man, with an impeccable reputation, who is under assault by radical left wing politicians who don’t want to know the answers ... I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents. I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!"
— Trump on Twitter

Why it matters: Until now, Trump has shown restraint and hasn't questioned Kavanaugh's accuser, Christine Blasey Ford. That ended with this morning's tweet. A source who has been talking to the president throughout the Kavanaugh crisis told Axios' Jonathan Swan that “you have no idea” how hard it has been to keep him from attacking his Supreme Court nominee's accuser. Note that, according to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), seven out of every 10 victims don't report abuse to the police.

Kavanaugh and his accuser to testify publicly on Monday

Brett Kavanaugh gestures with his hand while testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images.

Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who accused the Supreme Court nominee of assaulting her in high school, will testify before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Monday at 10:00 a.m.

Why it matters: The extraordinary hearing will likely be a make-or-break moment after Republicans delayed a planned vote this week and Democrats look for ways to derail the nomination.