Saturday, 19 January, 2019

Kavanaugh Accuser Wants to Testify Next Week, Her Lawyers Say

Kavanaugh Accuser Wants to Testify Next Week, Her Lawyers Say Kavanaugh Accuser Wants to Testify Next Week, Her Lawyers Say
Melinda Barton | 21 September, 2018, 04:18

Ford's lawyers said on Tuesday she would not appear before the Senate until after the FBI investigates the allegations.

The email said Ford's "strong preference" remains that the committee permit a thorough investigation of her claim before she appears.

According to her lawyer, Ford is willing to testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Grassley's committee wants prepared testimony from Ford by Friday and an answer on whether she will accept its invitation to testify to the panel on Monday, either publicly or privately.

Kavanaugh was accused Sunday of sexual assault when he was in high school, a number of politicians and their staff have been widely criticized for blurting out some remarkably insensitive things about it, mostly about his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford.

Law students and a professor preparing for class at Roger Williams University School of Law on Wednesday afternoon shared their reactions to the tumultuous confirmation process of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

Wednesday on CNN, she described the Senate's treatment of Ford as "callousness from my colleagues that I am totally appalled by".

This isn't the first time allegations have come up during a Supreme Court confirmation hearing. Ford wrote that Kavanaugh pushed her into a bedroom along with another male companion. And given Republicans' Senate majority - and the unity emerging behind Kavanaugh - that meant he was nearly certainly going to be confirmed to the Court.

Ford, now 51, claims a 17-year-old Kavanaugh pinned her down on a bed at a party when she was 15, covered her mouth, groped her and tried to remove her clothing.

KELLY: OK, pick up on some things Senator Whitehouse just said - that he would be very reluctant to participate in a hearing on Monday if Christine Blasey Ford doesn't show up, that it would be a kangaroo hearing.

Republican senators say they won't wait for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. But I can only say this: He is such an outstanding man. He deleted the tweets and "clarified" that he was attacking Democrats on the committee, not Ford, despite the fact that Davis's original tweet doesn't once mention Senate Democrats.

Ford's lawyers said her testimony Monday "is not possible and the committee's insistence that it occur then is arbitrary in any event".

All of which is a long way of asking: Who do you suppose it was that tipped the media to Ford's accusations, putting them in a position to "out" her at the eleventh hour?

Democrats, already opposed to Kavanaugh even before Ford made her allegation, accused Republicans of trying to railroad the nomination through the Senate.

The paper quoted lawyer Debra Katz as saying she wanted to discuss with the committee on Thursday the terms under which Ford would appear later.

Whether Kavanaugh and Ford testify under oath, and to what details, has enormous stakes for President Donald Trump and the November 6 midterm elections - not to mention American men, women, teenagers, parents, schools and anyone who rises to the top of a profession in the #MeToo era. Thomas went on to be appointed to the Supreme Court.