Kavanaugh Accuser Wants to Talk to Senate; Terms Up in Air

Charlene Craig
September 24, 2018

Smyth then added: "Personally speaking, I have known Brett Kavanaugh since high school and I know him to be a person of great integrity, a great friend, and I have never witnessed any improper conduct by Brett Kavanaugh towards women".

Sen. Dick Durbin, a Democrat on the committee, said Sunday he believed Ford's requests have been "reasonable" and that she deserves a fair hearing to determine whether her allegations are "serious" enough to vote down Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination.

Lawyers for Dr Christine Blasey Ford said she accepted the Senate Judiciary Committee's request to appear before them to be questioned on the alleged attack at a party in 1982.

Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge, has denied the allegations and said he would be willing to testify.

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The White House is casting doubt on the willingness of a college professor to speak publicly about her sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

Grassley gave Ford's attorneys until 2:30 pm EST to negotiate the terms of her testimony to the committee next week, the Times reported, citing an email he sent to her lawyers.

In a statement provided to the committee, her lawyer said, "Simply put, Ms. Keyser does not know Mr. Kavanaugh and she has no recollection of ever being at a party or gathering where he was present, with, or without, Dr. Ford". It says she will "provide her firsthand knowledge" but it doesn't say how. Katz requested that the hearing be held next Thursday, and that Kavanaugh testify before Ford, among other requests. Meanwhile, Democrats have made numerous attempts to stall Kavanaugh's selection, with the GOP still holding a slim majority in the Senate. The GOP is facing enormous pressure from its base of conservative leaders and voters to swiftly approve Kavanaugh, who would become the second of President Donald Trump's nominees to sit on the nation's highest court, before the November 6 election. Moderate female voters will be pivotal in many races in the elections and the #MeToo movement has elevated the political potency of how women alleging abuse are treated.

"She has agreed to move forward with a hearing even though the Committee has refused to subpoena Mark Judge", it said. Chuck Grassley, the committee chairman, initially wanted to set up a conference call with her and the White House has rejected her demand that the FBI launch an investigation. Republican committee staff and Ford's lawyers had reached a stalemate in negotiations over the details of the testimony.

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"I will listen if she does".

Republicans say they have bent over backward to accommodate Ford's requests. In other words, there's no real agreement yet since we've heard this story before.

"Judge Brett Kavanaugh is a fine man, with an impeccable reputation, who is under assault by radical left-wing politicians who don't want to know the answers, they just want to destroy and delay", Trump wrote.

Senator Susan Collins, a moderate Republican and potentially a key vote on Kavanaugh's nomination, said at an event in Portland, Maine, that she was "appalled" by Trump's tweet. Multiple senior members of the committee are pushing for one, while others are less interested, according to the source, making it unclear whether this will make it into the final proposal to Ford.

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"All four of these individuals have provided statements to the Senate Judiciary Committee denying any knowledge of the incident or even having attended such a party", White House spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said in a statement late on Saturday.

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