Christine Ford Legal Team Lays Out Conditions for Kavanaugh Testimony

21 September, 2018, 14:13 | Author: Jason Torres
  • Grassley Fires Back at Requests From Ford's Lawyers

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.

Ford's lawyers have said she's received death threats.

The requests being made by her team indicate that Ford is concerned for her safety if she agrees to an appearance that will be highly controversial and will be watched around the world.

"There is zero chance that I would confuse them", she said in a statement to The Post. "I sincerely hope that Dr Ford will accept my invitation to do so, either privately or publicly, on Monday".

Hill is the law professor who during the Senate's 1991 consideration of Clarence Thomas' Supreme Court nomination accused him of sexual harassment.

"If she shows up and makes a credible showing, that will be very interesting and we'll have to make a decision", Trump told reporters as he left the White House for a trip to the Carolinas. But no one (I think) actually did so before the WaPo story came out.

The often low-key Hawaii Sen. "He remains committed to providing a fair forum for both Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh".

Until her lawyers sent the email, it was an unresolved question whether Ford would appear after first demanding the investigation in advance of her testimony.

The federal appellate judge was accused of sexually assaulting Christine Blasey Ford three decades ago at a party when they were in high school, and as Wednesday progressed, partisan lines on the best way forward began to emerge.

Late Thursday afternoon, graduates of the all girls Holton-Arms School delivered a letter of support for Ford signed by more than 1,000 alumnae to the congressional office of West Virginia Republican Sen.

Speaking at the same event, Sen.

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Third, as long as Ford's counsel want to talk about regular, independent investigations, we should note that there is not a police organization in America that would entertain her allegation, in light of the lapse of time and the long-ago exhaustion of the statute of limitations.

Hirono of Hawaii and Gillibrand of NY joined other Democrats and Ford's legal team in calling for an FBI investigation into the matter.

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 Hill raised allegations against Thomas. Trump and Senate Republicans have been emphatic that an FBI renewal of its background checks on Kavanaugh won't happen, saying an investigation by committee staff-which Democrats are boycotting-is sufficient. Is that the reaction of an innocent person?

Ford's lawyers have asked the FBI to investigate her charge - that a drunken Kavanaugh groped her and tried to remove her clothes at a party when they were both teenagers more than three decades ago - before she agrees to appear at the hearing, but Republicans have refused to go along.

Kavanaugh denies knowledge of any such assault and no further direct witnesses have come forward.

With Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination dangling in the balance, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said his panel still planned a Monday morning hearing that Mr Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford were invited to attend.

Ford's accusation has upended his previously smooth confirmation process for Kavanaugh - and thrust the often low-key Hirono, 70, into the spotlight as one of the most outspoken senators in Ford's defense.

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After the call, Taylor Foy, a Grassley spokesman, said the senator "will consult with his colleagues on the committee". "That's what I call hijacking the regular committee process to accommodate political interests".

In the call later Thursday, Katz asked the committee to subpoena Mark Judge, whom Ford has named as the other teen in the room at the time.

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