Blasey Ford Agrees to Testify in Senate on Kavanaugh Allegations

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 22, 2018

Attorneys for Christine Blasey Ford sent an acceptance letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee with moments to spare before a 2:30 p.m. Saturday deadline which was set late Friday by the committee's chairman, Sen.

"The imposition of aggressive and artificial deadlines regarding the date and conditions of any hearing has created tremendous and unwarranted anxiety and stress on Dr Ford", Katz wrote in an email to the committee.

Ford's lawyers have rejected the committee's request that she also testified on Monday, calling it an "arbitrary" date created to railroad the California psychology professor.

But the GOP also declined her other asks, including that Kavanaugh testify first and that the committee subpoena Mark Judge - a Kavanaugh friend who Ford says was present during the alleged incident - and call other potential witnesses to the hearing.

"I don't think you can delay it any longer", Mr. Trump told Fox News host Sean Hannity at a rally in Nevada on Thursday. It's not my normal approach to [be] indecisive'.

The Republican-led committee had insisted that if Ford missed a Friday night deadline to respond to the panel's latest offer, lawmakers would hold a vote Monday on recommending Kavanaugh's nomination for the full Senate to consider.

Attorney Debra Katz called Friday's deadline "arbitrary", saying 'its sole goal is to bully Dr Ford and deprive her of the ability to make a considered decision that has life-altering implications for her and her family'.

Until Friday, Trump - who himself has faced sexual assault allegations - had largely left it to senators on the Judiciary Committee to handle Blasey's claims.

Trump openly rejected the credibility of Ford's claim to have been sexually assaulted by a drunken Kavanaugh when they were at private schools near Washington, DC, 36 years ago.

Ford's lawyers repeated their call for the matter to be dealt with in a rigorous investigation, not what Democrats describe as a rushed hearing in the Republican-dominated Senate aimed at confirming Kavanaugh as quickly as possible. "From the outset Republicans have tried to push through this nomination at all costs". Democrats have demanded more time for scrutiny, and Republicans want to move ahead quickly with a confirmation vote in an increasingly volatile political climate ahead of congressional elections on November 6. "I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place", Trump tweeted.

Republicans have resisted all Democratic efforts to slow and perhaps block Mr Kavanaugh's confirmation.

"We know allegations of sexual assault are one of the most unreported crimes that exist", Ms Collins said at an event in Portland, the newspaper said. "So I thought that the president's tweet was completely inappropriate and wrong".

Prior to the extension Friday, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee also questioned why Republicans could not wait another day to get a response from Ford. Less than seven weeks before elections in which Democrats could capture congressional control, moderate female voters will be pivotal in many races and the #MeToo movement has elevated the political potency of how women alleging abuse are treated. "He has always been kind and good natured", she said. "This is the same man who has been credibly accused of more than a dozen cases of sexual assault or harassment".

In a followup tweet, addressed to Judge Kavanaugh, Grassley wrote: 'Judge Kavanaugh I just granted another extension to Dr Ford to decide if she wants to proceed w the statement she made last week to testify to the senate She [should] decide so we can move on I want to hear her.

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