Attorneys for Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who accused Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a high school party in the 1980s, have begun discussing terms of her appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee next week.
Sen. Chuck Grassley had set a 10 AM ET deadline this morning by which time Ford had to notify the committee as to whether she will testify by Monday's arbitrary deadline which.
Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh holds a copy of the Constitution as he testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the third day of his Supreme Court confirmation hearing on, Sept, 6, 2018 in Washington.
The facade of restraint is broken: President Donald Trump is on the attack against the forces threatening Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation.
"As you are aware, she has been receiving death threats, which have been reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and she and her family have been forced out of their home", the email continues.
'She wishes to testify, provided that we can agree on terms that are fair and which ensure her safety, ' Katz wrote in an email to the committee earlier on Thursday. On Wednesday, Sen. Mazie Hirono, a Hawaii Democrat, said Grassley's assertions that committee Republicans had done everything to contact Ford's legal team was "bull--".
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By refusing to call Mark Judge as a witness, and refusing to direct the FBI to investigate, Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the president are in lockstep.
And given Republicans' Senate majority - and the unity emerging behind Kavanaugh - that meant he was nearly certainly going to be confirmed to the Court. But both had previously stated that if Ford's allegations are true they'd be disqualifying - and their votes are enough to sink Kavanaugh's bid for the high court. Which meant a vote in the Judiciary Committee would happen. Blasey Ford is now refusing to show up.
Kavanaugh has had a relatively smooth confirmation track until the allegations against him were reported last week.
But by Thursday evening - as Blasey Ford indicated she'd be willing to testify under certain conditions - Trump was getting increasingly anxious about Kavanaugh's chances of survival.
But wait. If Mark Judge's letter to the Judiciary Committee is sufficient to make its Republican members accept the contents of the letter at face value, why don't they do the same for the letter Dr Ford sent to ranking Committee member Diane Feinstein?
At a Las Vegas rally Thursday night, Trump continued to maintain a neutral stance on Ford's claims, telling a crowd of supporters 'We gotta let it play out'. She doesn't want Kavanaugh in the same room, her attorney told the panel's staff in a 30-minute call that also touched on security concerns and others issues, according to a Senate aide.