Christine Blasey Ford to testify Thursday about Kavanaugh sexual assault allegations

Charlene Craig
September 24, 2018

Lawyers for Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers, said Saturday that she has accepted the Senate Judiciary Committee's request to testify about her allegation next week while signaling that a final deal on her testimony has not been reached.

The Republican-led committee had also offered a Wednesday hearing, rather than Thursday as Ford had asked for, and they wanted to reserve the option of having female staff attorneys on the committee do the questioning, even while Ford said she would rather be questioned by senators.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Judiciary Committee ranking member Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., wrote a letter to President Trump urging him to direct the FBI to investigate sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Democrats have demanded more time for scrutiny, and Republicans want to move ahead quickly with a confirmation vote in an increasingly volatile political climate ahead of congressional elections on November 6.

Mark Judge, who Ford alleged was at the party in the early 1980s when the alleged assault occurred, will not be subpoenaed by the committee as Ford's legal team had requested, according to the attorneys.

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The White House in a statement on Saturday continued its support for Kavanaugh, saying he's "eager to testify publicly to defend his integrity and clear his good name". In Washington D.C., dozens of organizations will meet in the Senate Hall atrium at 12:30 p.m., and walk to the Supreme Court building for a National speakout. The committee still has to decide whether Kavanaugh is fit to become President Donald Trump's second appointee to the Supreme Court. As for Democrats, if they can make sure that all 49 of their member s- including in red states - oppose Kavanaugh unless there's a real investigation of Ford's charges, then that will increase the pressure on Republicans even more, including on Collins and Murkowski. "You know, when you take a look at this in honest terms, I believe that not only Judge Kavanaugh, but certainly Dr. Ford deserves a fair hearing".

"Most Americans, for example, recall vividly where they were and what they were doing the moment they first learned of the 9/11 terrorist attacks."
"A false allegation?" King said at an Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition event on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Republicans viewed Ms Ford's requests as a way to delay voting on President Donald Trump's nominee.

Kavanaugh has denied the allegation and pledged to testify at Monday's hearing.

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Ford's allegations, which emerged last week, have delayed the conservative judge's confirmation to the Supreme Court that would cement conservative control of the top court.

In backing away from deadlines and demands, Mr Grassley underscored the sensitivity with which Senate Republicans have tried handling Ms Ford.

Graham also feels that Ford is simply being "used" by Democrats, claiming they have an "agenda" against Kavanaugh. Her request for security comes after her lawyers said she has relocated her family due to death threats. "I want to listen to Dr. Ford".

The Senate panel must approve Kavanaugh's confirmation before a vote by the full Senate, where Republicans hold a 51-49 majority.

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