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

Ford lawyers say she is open to testifying, but not Monday

Ford lawyers say she is open to testifying, but not Monday

Ford said Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982 when both were high school students in Maryland, an allegation Kavanaugh called "completely false".

In a series of tweets Friday, Trump cast doubt on Ford's charge, mentioning her by name for the first time: "I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents".

Katz added in her communication to the committee Thursday: "Dr. Ford has asked me to let you know that she appreciates the various options you have suggested".

Any defections from the Republicans' narrow Senate majority could sink the nomination and deal a major setback to Trump, who has been appointing more conservatives to the high court and the broader federal judiciary.

The protesters chanted, in part: "We believe Christine Ford!"

Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, who had asked Ford's lawyers to respond by Friday morning whether she planned to appear Monday, had no immediate response. Apparently, this additional evidence has had the opposite effect on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Ford's attorney said Ford would like to testify first, but that might be complicated because Kavanaugh has already agreed to Monday's scheduled hearing. "He said judges don't wear red robes or blue robes; they wear black robes". Chairman Chuck Grassley obliged by setting up a hearing for Monday.

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The attorney said her client would prefer to wait for the FBI to investigate the accusation before agreeing to testify. Kavanaugh has denied the accusation. Susan Collins of ME and Jeff Flake of Arizona - said that unless Ford testified Monday they would move on to Kavanagh's vote.

Republican lawmakers are trying to win Senate confirmation for Kavanaugh ahead of the court's start of a new term on October 1, or if not by then, ahead of the November 6 nationwide congressional elections, to show Republican voters they have made good on campaign promises to place conservative judges like Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court. His comments do not seem to display any desire on his part to hear her out in a way that could disqualify Kavanaugh from contention.

Senate Republicans are likely to propose moving a committee hearing on sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to Wednesday, CNN reported, citing two sources familiar with the negotiations.

More than 50 protesters opposing the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court have been arrested on Capitol Hill. The White House. Judge Kavanaugh has not asked to have the FBI investigate these claims. You've watched the fight, you've watched the tactics, but here's what I want to tell you: "In the very near future, judge Kavanaugh will be on the United States Supreme Court".

Ford wished to remain anonymous, but made a decision to speak to the Post amid fears she was on the verge of being outed.

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

Conway was a GOP political consultant for decades before working for President Donald Trump. It's notable that he hasn't directly attacked Christine Blasey Ford as a liar or completely discounted her account - as he has with women who previously accused him and his allies of sexual assault - but Trump has more than hinted in both of those directions.

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