Kavanaugh accuser Christine Ford opens door to testifying next week

Cheryl Sanders
September 21, 2018

Trump, a confessed sexual abuser, tweeted that if Professor Christine Blasey Ford's alleged assault was "that bad", then she should have come forward when it allegedly occurred.

Judge Kavanaugh has repeatedly denied the allegation.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a New York Democrat, said at the event: "Someone who is lying does not ask the FBI to investigate their claims".

Both cited an email the lawyers sent to the committee seeking to negotiate a new date for the hearing, after committee chairman Chuck Grassley set a deadline of Friday morning to agree to appear on Monday.

Demonstrators protested outside Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles E. Grassley's office in the Hart Senate Office Building.

Her lawyer, Debra Katz, rejected this and in a phone call to the committee on Thursday spelled out her client's conditions for testifying. The FBI has said it is not investigating the matter, a decision backed by Republicans. Furthermore, democrats would take charge of some important Congressional committees and start investigations into Trump's business dealings and allegations of sexual assault.

"There are multiple witnesses whose names have appeared publicly and should be included in any proceeding", Ford's lawyer Lisa Banks said. " The rush to a hearing is unnecessary, and contrary to the Committee discovering the truth".

"Dr. Ford has asked me to let you know that she appreciates the various options you have suggested", Katz wrote.

He added that "if she does not show up it would be unfortunate". I think that that's what we're focused on now because that's sort of the dynamic that we're in, but regardless of the timing, we can't get side-tracked on that.

A person familiar with the call said Ford could not testify until next Thursday. Grassley said he was disturbed to learn of the threats. A substantial delay could push confirmation past the November elections, when Democrats have a shot at winning Senate control, plus allow more time for unforeseen problems to crop up.

The California congresswoman who met with the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her decades ago says the accuser "should not be underestimated".

The president reiterated that unusual question Friday morning on Twitter: 'The radical left lawyers want the Federal Bureau of Investigation to get involved NOW. He was at the White House on Thursday for the fourth consecutive day, as he prepares for possible testimony.

The discussions have revived the possibility that the panel will hold an electrifying campaign-season hearing at which both Ford and Kavanaugh can give their versions of what did or didn't happen at a party in the 1980s.

The Republicans have manufactured a "he said / she said" standoff and are using their own handiwork to make good on a promise to stack the Supreme Court with conservative judges.

Palo Alto University issued a statement supporting Ford.

She made it clear in the Post that she had told no-one of the incident in any detail until 2012 when she attended couples therapy with her husband.

Democratic Senator Doug Jones said Mark Judge, Kavanaugh's high school friend, should be subpoenaed if he refuses to testify. Or, would Judge acknowledge that his frequent state of being "wasted", at parties like the one where Ford says the assault took place, prevent him from remembering the incident, even if it took place as Ford described.

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