Kavanaugh Accuser: Delay Hearing Because I Don't Like Flying

Leroy Wright
September 22, 2018

Ms Katz said of her client: "She's been receiving death threats which have been reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and she and her family have been forced out of their home". "I think everything's going to be just fine".

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, is at the center of negotiations on whether Christine Blasey Ford, inset right, will address the panel regarding allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, inset left.

President Donald Trump speaks at a spending bill signing ceremony at VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System, Sept. 21, 2018, in Las Vegas.

The woman's attorneys called the date set by Republicans "arbitrary", according to multiple United States news reports. She said that Democrats' call for an FBI investigation, however, is improper, because the FBI's role in the confirmation process is to gather information, not make interpretations of it.

She said she is willing to testify at earliest on Thursday.

A person familiar with the call between Ford's lawyers and judiciary panel staff on Thursday said Ford could testify by next Thursday.

"The rush to a hearing is unnecessary, and contrary to the Committee discovering the truth", she adds.

Why did the Senate set a deadline?

Last December, for example, he endorsed Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, who had been abandoned by most Republicans after he was accused of sexual misconduct with underage girls.

"The FBI does not make a credibility assessment of any information it receives with respect to a nominee".

Media reports said Kavanaugh had also received what law enforcement officials said were credible death threats.

"Here's what I want to tell you", McConnell said Friday morning, according to The Washington Post.

What is the allegation against the judge?

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"I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents", Trump said, referring to Christine Blasey Ford, the Palo Alto University professor who accused Kavanaugh of trying to sexually assault her at a high school party in the early 1980s.

She says he pinned her to a bed and clamped his hand over her mouth when she attempted to scream.

Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill, who faces a tough reelection battle in Missouri, which Trump won in the 2016 presidential election, said on Twitter on Wednesday that she would vote against Kavanaugh's confirmation because of "his positions on several key issues, most importantly the avalanche of dark, anonymous money that is crushing our democracy".

The committee said it is not able to accommodate Ford's demand that Kavanaugh testify first.

What are Trump and other Republicans saying?

Before the president's tweets Friday, counselor to the president, Kellyanne Conway told reporters there was "no reason" to attack Ford.

Women who say they have known and worked with Kavanaugh throughout his legal career say he has been respectful and fair in dealing with them.

"If she shows up, that would be wonderful". Or maybe a hybrid approach in which she agrees to nearly everything, but clings to a demand or two she thinks will find sympathy with Senators like Susan Collins - just to keep this ridiculous dance going. Judge Kavanaugh can not be expected to respond to allegations that have been made to the press.

However, Ms Katz suggested there appeared to be room for negotiation when she sent a letter to the committee after the phone call, saying: "The only issue I said was a deal breaker was that Dr Ford can not appear at a hearing on Monday".

The president's previous restraint this week, even as he repeatedly defended Kavanaugh and criticized Democrats, surprised many Republicans determined to salvage the nomination.

Both have called on Judge Kavanaugh and Prof Ford to testify under oath.

Biden, who chaired the Thomas hearing and is considering running for president, said he regrets the way Hill was treated.

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