Questions remain as Senate firms up details of the supreme court nominee’s hearing following sexual assault allegations

Supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination hangs in the balance as the Senate scrambles to set the terms of a public hearing scheduled in the wake of a woman’s allegation that he sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers.

The timing of the hearing – scheduled for Monday morning in Washington – is politically perilous for both parties, with the November midterm election less than two months away. It will also play out against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement, a cultural development that has shone a spotlight on sexual harassment and toppled powerful men in government, entertainment, the media and other businesses.

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