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

Supreme Court nominee’s accuser willing to testify ‘if terms are fair’

Supreme Court nominee’s accuser willing to testify ‘if terms are fair’

She and Kavanaugh are scheduled to testify in the Senate Monday, but she wants to delay the hearing until the FBI can investigate her case.

The woman who has accused Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers said Wednesday that the hearing the Senate Judiciary Committee plans to hold Monday to examine her allegations would not be fair or adequate.

Despite the demands by Ford's legal team and Senate Democrats for an FBI investigation, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley and President Donald Trump have opposed holding an FBI investigation into the incident.

Democrats have leapt to Ford's defense, with Washington state Sen.

What are Trump and other Republicans saying?

"They are totally intent on getting Judge Kavanaugh onto the Supreme Court, come hell or high water", said Democratic Senator Mazie Hirono, who touted a letter of support for Ford signed by more than 1,000 women who graduated from the Maryland school Ford attended in the 1980s. Ford wants the Federal Bureau of Investigation or other independent, nonpartisan investigators to gather facts and testimony in the case before she testifies. Those demands have been backed by Democrats but dismissed by top Republicans.

The lawyer's statement repeats earlier reports of threats to Prof Ford and her family's safety, adding that she is "currently unable to go home".

U.S. Capitol Police said 56 protesters were arrested in Senate office buildings during demonstrations against Kavanaugh.

"We believe Anita Hill!".


The protesters chanted, in part: "We believe Christine Ford!".

Asked if he would ask the FBI to open a deeper investigation, Trump said he was content to "let the senators do it". Republicans have largely stood by Kavanaugh's denials. "But I can only say this: He is such an outstanding man. I deleted the tweet to avoid any further misinterpretation by left wing media as so often happens on Twitter".

That remark was noteworthy because most Republicans have handled the question of Ford's credibility more gingerly.

"We are happy that Dr Ford's attorneys are now engaging with the Committee", his spokesperson told USA media.

Democrats are casting Republicans as strong-arming a wronged woman, their eyes on a #MeToo movement that has caught fire and exploded the careers of dozens of male titans. Republicans in the Senate are insisting she testify Monday - either publicly or privately.

"Why isn't Judge Kavanaugh asking for an FBI investigation if (he has) nothing to hide?" They fear that without a shared set of facts, Republicans would simply move quickly after the testimony to confirm Kavanaugh. 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 pop up.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) was made aware of the charge in a letter from Ford in July but did not alert fellow committee members to its contents until last week. The party controls the Senate 51-49 and the Judiciary panel by 11-10, so it can not afford GOP "no" votes.

She continued: "She wishes to testify, provided that we can agree on terms that are fair and which ensure her safety".

He said he was "disturbed" to hear that she had been facing threats and harassment but urged her to speak before the committee.

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