Published: Fri, September 21, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Brett Kavanaugh accuser offers to testify to Senate

Brett Kavanaugh accuser offers to testify to Senate

Blasey Ford's lawyers have told the committee she can not appear at its hearing scheduled for Monday, calling the date Republicans set "arbitrary", according to the Washington Post and New York Times.

The Times said Katz told committee Republicans and Democrats in the email Thursday that it was Ford's "strong preference" to have a full investigation before her testimony, though the email didn't demand an FBI investigation and suggested she may agree to testify without one. As a result of these kind of threats, her family was forced to relocate out of their home.

In their letter, Ford's attorneys had further stated that Ford wished the FBI to investigate her claims before he came before the committee. Now, Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley has responded, telling Ford's attorneys in a letter of his own that he is willing to make the hearing private, but not to delay it past September 24.

Ford, a California college professor, accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a high school drinking party in suburban Maryland in the 1980s.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a New York Democrat, said at the event: "Someone who is lying does not ask the FBI to investigate their claims". Kavanaugh's confirmation would solidify conservative control of the Supreme Court and further Trump's goal of moving the high court and the broader federal judiciary to the right. Despite Republican claims that investigations into these matters are the sole responsibility of the Senate, the FBI could open a more extensive investigation.

Thursday's development came on the eve of a Republican-set deadline for Prof Ford to decide whether she would give evidence.

Ford has accused Kavanaugh of attacking her and trying to remove her clothing while he was drunk at a party in 1982 when he was 17 years old and she was 15. On Wednesday, President Trump openly doubted Dr. Blasey Ford's claim.

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They asked to speak to Grassley and were told the senator is in Iowa, according to Marcie Wells of Las Vegas, a member of the Women's March organization that has been outspoken in opposition to Kavanaugh's nomination. Republicans have said they will move forward with a vote on Kavanaugh if Ford does not testify.

"Dr. Ford was reluctantly thrust into the public spotlight only two days ago", Ford's attorney said in a statement Wednesday.

Miranda said staff from the Senate Judiciary Committee had reached out to her, something she was not expecting. "Because this never happened, I had no idea who was making this accusation until she identified herself yesterday", Kavanaugh said Monday.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell expressed confidence on Thursday that Kavanaugh will ultimately be confirmed.

Ford's attorneys issued a statement saying there are multiple witnesses that need to be interviewed, not just Ford and Kavanaugh.

Professor Christine Blasey Ford is seen in an undated photo posted to ResearchGate and Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh appears at a confirmation hearing in Washington, Sept. 4, 2018.

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