WASHINGTON — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is ready to testify on sexual assault allegations as soon as Tuesday, White House spokesperson Raj Shah signaled Monday evening.
“Judge Kavanaugh looks forward to a hearing where he can clear his name of this false allegation,” Shah said in a statement.
The Senate Judiciary Committee announced later Monday evening that an open hearing will take place next Monday at 10 a.m. EDT and that California-based professor Christine Blasey Ford also will appear.
Ford, 51, told the Washington Post in a report published Sunday that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a house party while they were teens.
Kavanaugh, 53, who has vehemently denied the allegations, had expressed his willingness Monday morning to appear again before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Debra Katz, a Washington, D.C.-based civil rights attorney representing Ford, told CNN’s “New Day” Monday morning that her client would be willing to publicly testify as well.
The committee was expected to vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation Thursday, but Senate Democrats as well as three Republican senators — Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Bob Corker of Tennessee and Jeff Flake of Arizona — have called for the process to be delayed.
President Donald Trump told reporters Monday afternoon that he was open to a delay if it would help satisfy lawmakers’ concerns.
“If it takes a little delay, it’ll take a little delay,” Trump told reporters from the White House Roosevelt Room. “It shouldn’t certainly be very much.”