Kavanaugh accuser willing to testify in US Senate

Leroy Wright
September 21, 2018

"Her strong preference continues to be for the Senate Judiciary Committee to allow for a full investigation prior to her testimony".

Christine Blasey Ford's attorney said in an email to the committee it wouldn't be possible for her to testify at the hearing set for Monday (Sept 24), according to the Times.

On Tuesday, a woman named Christina King said on Twitter that she was a former classmate of Kavanaugh's and had signed a letter in support of Ford, who has claimed she was sexually assaulted in high school.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies during the third day of his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington.

She went public with her story only after the New Yorker reported on a letter she sent to Sen. The email made clear she would not appear at the Monday hearing at which Kavanaugh has already agreed to testify.

The confirmation fight has unfolded ahead of November 6 congressional elections in which Democrats are seeking to take control of Congress from Trump's fellow Republicans.

Ford, now 51, claims a 17-year-old Kavanaugh pinned her down on a bed at a party when she was 15, covered her mouth, groped her and tried to remove her clothing.

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If Ford opts not to testify, Kavanaugh's chances for confirmation in the Republican-led Senate could be boosted, with senators in Trump's party so far remaining largely supportive. Democrats, who have been opposing Kavanaugh's confirmation from before Dr Ford's allegation surfaced, have demanded the Federal Bureau of Investigation step in; Republicans have been staunchly opposed.

The official says the threats were made in emails to Kavanaugh's wife, Ashley, and came from one person.

"But I can only say this: He's such an outstanding man - very hard for me to imagine that anything happened", Trump said. Two others have said they have no recollection of any incident like the one Ford described. As for negotiating terms for Ford's appearance before the committee, "She is not really in a position to make conditions, in my view", Sen.

Senate Republicans have been clamoring to get Ford in front of the committee before lawmakers vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court.

President Donald Trump nominated Kavanaugh, 53, for a lifetime appointment to fill a vacancy on the country's highest court, with independent court analysts saying they believe Kavanaugh would shift the court's ideological balance toward conservative rulings for years to come.

Demonstrators have congregated in a Senate office building to protest Republicans' handling of the sexual-assault accusation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Majority Republicans, haunted by the panel's 1991 treatment of Anita Hill during Justice Clarence Thomas' confirmation hearings, say the invitation to testify publicly on Monday stands. I mean, the question over whether the FBI will conduct an investigation, won't conduct an investigation, should conduct an investigation - - any movement on that?

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