President Trump Goes After Christine Blasey Ford

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 22, 2018

Republican Sen. Susan Collins of ME said Friday she was "appalled" by President Trump's tweet belittling the woman who accused his Supreme Court nominee of sexually assaulting her.

Ford has accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a party when they were both in high school.

"Senate Republicans are attempting to make Dr. Blasey Ford testify on just a few days' notice - without having the Federal Bureau of Investigation follow up on her allegations and provide a report first", said the letter, which was spearheaded by Sens.

Trump tweeted that if Ford thought what happened to her years ago was "as bad as she says, " she should have alerted law enforcement.

"Some have gone so far as to state, "She's mixed up"; "She's mistaken"; "She's not in really a position to make conditions"; and, 'I'll listen to the lady, but we're going to bring this to a close.' These shameful attacks show why it is so hard for survivors of sexual assault to come forward", the Democrats wrote in their letter.

Kavanaugh denies ever assaulting Ford, or anyone else. Trump tweeted this morning. "He remains committed to providing a fair forum for both Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh", said Taylor Foy, a spokesman for Grassley. In earlier media interviews, Banks had said Ford would be willing to testify.

The statement to the Senate came after Republicans vowed Thursday morning to press forward with a vote on Kavanaugh if Ford declined to testify on Monday. According to Dr Ford, Mark Judge observed the assault and drunkenly jumped on top of Kavanaugh while he was assaulting her, giving Ford the opportunity to escape.

But US President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans have already ruled that out.

Ford's preference is to testify to the Senate committee next Thursday (Friday NZT), and 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.

Ford now says that she does not plan to testify until the FBI investigates her allegations.

Christine Ford has been in the eye of a Washington maelstrom since identifying herself last Sunday, with Republicans demanding her Capitol Hill testimony and Democrats rallying to defend her. "They are totally intent on getting Judge Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court come hell or high water".

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D., N.Y.) told the Democrat & Chronicle on Monday she hoped there would be "some measure of review, maybe a hearing" on Ford's accusation, but by Wednesday, she told CNN Ford should not participate in a "sham hearing".

Debra Katz, Ford's lawyer, relayed the response to top staffers on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, requesting to set up a call with them to "discuss the conditions under which [Ford] would be prepared to testify next week". The answer simple: Republican members of the Judiciary Committee want to believe Judge, not Dr Ford.

"Someone who is lying does not ask the FBI to investigate their claims", she said. The FBI could investigate Dr. Ford's allegations in a matter of days.

A senior White House official said Kavanaugh and his wife also have received threats.

"We got a little hiccup here with the Kavanaugh nomination, we'll get through this and we'll get off to the races", he said in a call with fellow Republicans, the Nevada Independent reports. A substantial delay could push confirmation past the November elections, when Democrats have a shot at winning Senate control, plus allow more time for unforeseen problems to crop up.

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