Kavanaugh Accuser Christine Blasey Ford Willing to Testify Next Week

21 September, 2018, 14:11 | Author: Charlene Valdez
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Testifying Monday, however, "is not possible and the Committee's insistence that it occur then is arbitrary in any event", Ford's lawyers wrote.

Chuck Grassley, the committee's Republican chairman, on Wednesday sent a letter to Ford's lawyers giving her until 10am (14:00 GMT) on Friday to submit prepared testimony if she meant to show up on Monday.

Ford's lawyers have asked the FBI to investigate her charge - that a drunken Kavanaugh groped her and tried to remove her clothes at a party when they were both teenagers more than three decades ago - before she agrees to appear at the hearing, but Republicans have refused to go along.

Ford on Tuesday suggested in a letter from her legal team that she would be unwilling to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee until the FBI investigated the matter to ensure committee members are fully informed about the allegations.

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Republicans are warning that time is running out for US Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh's accuser to tell Congress about her claim he sexually assaulted her when both were teenagers.

"Why isn't Judge Kavanaugh asking for an FBI investigation if (he has) nothing to hide?" Whether Democrats might have been so frantic to stop Kavanaugh that they would have forced Ford's name into print if she had declined to speak up this past weekend is a fascinating what-if.

A former classmate of Christine Blasey Ford tells NPR that she does not know if an alleged sexual assault by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh took place as she first suggested on social media.

The 1991 Clarence Thomas hearings ended with his confirmation for the Supreme Court, but the he-said-she-said over law professor Anita Hill's accusations of raunchy language and gestures in the workplace led to the 1992 Year of the Woman. They would like a he-said-she-said scenario, because you know what happens in those scenarios?

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In a statement on Monday, Kavanaugh called the allegation by Ford, who is a college professor, "completely false". Sunny Hostin said Ford should be heard because her allegations are "very credible" and "extremely important".

Dr. Ford disclosed her alleged story to Senator Diane Feinstein, a ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, back in July when Judge Kavanaugh was initially nominated to the high court by President Trump. Earlier on Thursday, Kavanaugh said he wanted to testify even if Ford did not show. President Donald Trump nominated Kavanaugh, 53, for a lifetime appointment to fill a vacancy on the country's highest court, with independent court analysts saying they believe Kavanaugh would shift the court's ideological balance toward conservative rulings for years to come.

Kavanaugh has had a relatively smooth confirmation track until the allegations against him were reported last week. Because Ford's accusation is already public, Grassley argued that it was appropriate for the Senate to step in with their own investigation as lawmakers did when the Hill allegation first became public. John Cornyn said to the network. The FBI has said it is not investigating the matter, a decision backed by Republicans.

A handful of pivotal senators have yet to disclose how they will ultimately vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation, including Republican Senators Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. Although they have yet to hire someone to fill the role, the Republicans have been eager to avoid the image of 11 male senators questioning Ford about her account. Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley and President Donald Trump have continued to oppose having the Federal Bureau of Investigation handle the incident. "If it's legitimate, she has a legitimate complaint", Cordes said, her voice softening.

Peters said she hasn't yet had a chance to sit down with Ford and discuss the specific incident in clinical detail, but "people who experience sexual assaults that are as scary as this one seems to be, according to her story, can suffer shame, fear, depression, anxiety".

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