The Latest: Latest deadline looms for Kavanaugh accuser

The Latest: Latest deadline looms for  Kavanaugh accuser
The office of Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and a woman accusing him of sexually assaulting her decades ago (all times local):

11:10 a.m.

Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

That’s the new and latest deadline in the high-stakes confrontation over whether Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Christine Blasey Ford’s accusations and the standoff over the terms of her appearance have left Kavanaugh’s confirmation in limbo.

The committee chairman, GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, is shrugging off responsibility for the extension onto the Senate’s Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer.

Here’s what Grassley says in a tweet: “I feel like I’m playing 2nd trombone in the judiciary orchestra and Schumer is the conductor.”

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1:45 a.m.

The brinkmanship over whether Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee has come to a standstill, for now.

The committee chairman, GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, has given Christine Blasey Ford more time to decide on the terms of her appearance.

The Republican-led committee had insisted that if Ford missed a Friday night deadline to respond to the panel’s latest offer, lawmakers would hold a vote Monday on recommending Kavanaugh’s nomination for the full Senate to consider.

Ford’s accusations of Kavanaugh’s behavior 35 years ago and the standoff over the terms of her appearance have captivated the nation as the appeals court judge’s confirmation hangs in balance.