Saturday, 20 October, 2018


Christine Blasey Ford Confirms Intent to Testify Against Kavanaugh for Judiciary Committee

Battle lines drawn for Senate showdown on Trump court nominee Battle lines drawn for Senate showdown on Trump court nominee
Bennie Garza | 23 September, 2018, 21:39

That's according to a person briefed on the matter who isn't authorized to discuss it by name.

Talks continue between the GOP-run committee and Christine Blasey Ford's lawyer over details of a tentative agreement for a hearing Thursday.

A final accord could bring to a close days of brinkmanship that have roiled Washington ahead of midterm elections and threatened to jeopardize Kavanaugh's confirmation to the court, even as some Republicans say the additional hearings may do little to change their support for him.

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. Kavanaugh has flatly denied the allegation and said he would appear before the committee next week.

Her lawyers and committee staff were negotiating the conditions of her testimony.

Grassley set a new deadline for 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

Trump and the White House had been careful not to malign Ford after her allegations surfaced, but Trump dropped the restraint in his tweets on Friday.

Grassley had said earlier that the panel would hold a vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation on Monday unless a deal was reached with Ford's lawyers by Friday night's deadline.

U.S. President Donald Trump has defended his Supreme Court nominee and questioned why Ford did not report the incident to police.

Elsewhere in the interview, Graham bragged of having been "a prosecutor, defense attorney and a judge", but defended Republican committee members' decision to have outside counsel conduct questioning during the hearing. "I have never done anything like what the accuser describes -- to her or to anyone".

The letter said Professor Ford "accepts" the committee's request that in the coming week she would "provide her first-hand knowledge of Brett Kavanaugh's sexual misconduct". Republican senators had said it would be inappropriate for a witness to dictate who would be called.

Ford's legal team has said she strongly prefers that her allegations are fully investigated before she testifies.

"Bullying a survivor of attempted rape in order to confirm a nominee - particularly at a time when she's receiving death threats - is an extreme abuse of power", said Sen.

Graham, speaking on "Fox News Sunday", promised a fair hearing in which both Ford and Kavanaugh "will be challenged" but said "unless there's something more" to back up her accusation, then he's "not going to ruin Judge Kavanaugh's life over this".

Ms Ford's lawyers previously said she had "been the target of vicious harassment" in the wake of her claims and was forced to leave her home.

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