Published: Mon, September 24, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Kavanaugh accuser won't testify Monday but is open to doing so later

Kavanaugh accuser won't testify Monday but is open to doing so later

"She is now unable to go home, and is receiving ongoing threats to her and her family's safety", the lawyers wrote.

"Dr. Ford accepts the committee's request to provide her firsthand knowledge of Brett Kavanaugh's sexual misconduct next week", they wrote.

Ford's lawyer wrote to Grassley on September 20 in an email obtained by The New York Times that a hearing on September 24, as scheduled by the committee, "is not possible" and that the committee's insistence on the date is "arbitrary in any event".

Women who attended Christine Blasey Ford's high school have delivered a letter in support of her to senators as she faces scrutiny over her accusation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted when they were teens. "Before nominating an individual to a judicial or executive office, the White House directs the FBI to conduct a background investigation", he said.

Christine Blasey Ford's attorney told lawmakers on Thursday that Ford "would be prepared to testify next week" as long as she's offered "terms that are fair and which ensure her safety", The New York Times reported.

"I can't say that it did or didn't", Miranda said. The only relevance of this alleged incident is to a Senate function, so it is for the Senate committee to decide how to proceed.

Judge Kavanaugh continues to deny the claim and has this week been meeting White House officials.

A Monday hearing still appears unlikely, though. Ford's letter to Feinstein had claimed that Kavanaugh had pushed her into a bedroom, attempted to disrobe her, and forcibly covered her mouth when she tried to scream. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) said.

Democrats have called on the Senate Judiciary Committee to postpone its vote until the allegations are investigated.

"Someone who is lying does not ask the FBI to investigate their claims", she said.

Testimony by Blasey could greatly complicate matters for Kavanaugh, who has vigorously denied Blasey's allegations and just last week seemed destined for confirmation. "We will confirm Judge Kavanaugh".

Mike Davis, the chief counsel for Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, tweeted late Wednesday that he had personally interviewed Kavanaugh as part of the committee's review but was "still waiting" for Ford's lawyers to get back to him.

The confirmation fight comes just weeks before November 6 congressional elections in which Democrats are seeking to win control of Congress.

"Our Plan B is the same as our Plan A: Judge Kavanaugh", Sen.

He said the witnesses would be limited to Ford and Kavanaugh.

Those witnesses would include Mr Kavanaugh's high school friend Mark Judge, who Ford said was in the room when she was assaulted, but Mr Judge, who says he does not remember any such incident, has refused.

Katz then reiterated her strong preference that a federal investigation occur before a hearing.

In a separate letter to Democrats, Mr Grassley wrote that committee aides were "even willing to fly to California, or anywhere else, to meet her".

Republican Judicial Committee member Lindsey Graham said on Twitter that requiring an FBI investigation of a 36-year-old allegation "is not about finding the truth, but delaying the process till after the midterm elections". But he also questioned the timing and the way the information was revealed.

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