Brett Kavanaugh accuser offers to testify to Senate

Ronan Farrow  Reuters

Ronan Farrow Reuters

Ford went public with her accusation over the weekend in a Washington Post interview and said Monday through her lawyer that she was ready to testify.

"If you want to have a longtime impact on what kind of country we're going to have for the next generation the single most consequential thing we can do is these lifetime appointment of men and women to the court who believe that the job of a judge is to follow the law", McConnell said. The Senate Judiciary committee has offered for her to do it privately, for her to do it publicly, for her to do it in Washington, for her to do it somewhere else, I guess it could be in her home state of California.

"I knew them both, and socialized with" the other classmate, Ford said, adding that she had once visited him in the hospital. The university's president called Ford's decision to come forward courageous.

Senate Judiciary Committee staff continue to negotiate with Ford's attorneys but say two of her requests discussed in a conference call with committee staff from both parties on Thursday - to have Kavanaugh testify first and for the committee to subpoena other witnesses like Mark Judge - are "nonstarters", according to a senior Senate Republican source familiar with the discussions. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), who'd scheduled her to testify Monday. "We've all made clear this is her chance". Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii.

Donald Trump has questioned the credibility of the woman who has accused his Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault, saying she would have reported the attack to police at the time if the attack "was as bad as she says". Holton Arms is the Maryland all-girls school that Christine Blasey Ford attended in the early 1980s.

She claims Judge Kavanaugh, then 17, tried to remove her clothes and put his hand over her mouth when she started to scream.

Speaking at the same event, Sen.

The attorney said her client would prefer to wait for the FBI to investigate the accusation before agreeing to testify. Over many decades, when committee members had a concern about a nominee, senators were able to ask the Federal Bureau of Investigation to look into a matter, she says.

Late Thursday, the White House released a letter from Kavanaugh to Grassley in which he said he wants to tell his side in a Monday hearing. Is that the reaction of an innocent person?

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"Women from every phase of Judge Kavanaugh's life, those who know him best, have stepped forward to say that the allegation being leveled against him is false", said Sara Fagen.

Ford is willing to tell her story to the Judiciary Committee, whose senators will vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation - but only if agreement can be reached on "terms that are fair and which ensure her safety", the attorney said in an email earlier Thursday.

"Dr. Ford is willing to testify, but she wants an FBI investigation first".

If Ford opts not to participate, Republicans could well dispense with the hearing to avoid giving Democrats a forum for peppering Kavanaugh with embarrassing questions.

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"We're likely to hear from survivors coming in for services that this was upsetting, that it furthered their trauma", Scaramella said. "That's what I call hijacking the regular committee process to accommodate political interests".

The Democrats, all of whom served as prosecutors or state attorneys general, noted that President George H.W. Bush asked the FBI to investigate after law professor Anita Hill raised allegations of sexual harassment against Judge Clarence Thomas in 1991.

Her lawyer, Debra Katz, rejected this and in a phone call to the committee on Thursday spelled out her client's conditions for testifying. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., tweeted, "It's sad but not surprising that she's been met with an utter lack of decency by elected leaders of this country". The group urged voters to insist on an investigation into decades-old allegations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh before moving forward.

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