Court nominee Kavanaugh's accuser agrees to testify 'with conditions'

Leroy Wright
September 23, 2018

CNN reports that Senate Judiciary Committee staff has spoken with a high school friend of Christine Blasey who, supposedly, was at the party where Brett Kavanaugh supposedly assaulted Blasey.

Lawyers for Ford and bipartisan representatives of the committee came to a tentative agreement for a Thursday hearing after a short but productive phone call late Saturday, said a person briefed on the matter, who was not authorized to speak publicly and requested anonymity.

Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh will appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee next week following allegations of sexual assault.

The lawyers said they are "hopeful" of reaching a deal on the details of her appearance soon.

Democrats, against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement, countered that Ms Ford should be shown respect and given accommodation to tell her story.

Grassley had set a Friday night deadline for Ford to agree to the committee's latest terms for her appearance. Well, someone told Whelan what was up, and any coordination with Kavanaugh (for example, via the right-wing PR outfit CRC, who hyped Whelan's revelation), would be separate grounds for denying him confirmation and would also ensnare the judge in the host of civil and ethical problems Whelan created.

Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, had said a vote would proceed in the absence of a response from Ford's team by the cutoff time. In a single tweet Friday, Trump broke his silence to cast doubt on Ford's story in ways Republicans had been carefully trying to avoid.

Max Young, a spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, said, "At approximately 2:30 Republicans sent her a proposal and gave her a 5 p.m. deadline". Katz requested that the hearing be held next Thursday, and that Kavanaugh testify before Ford, among other requests. At the hearing, Ford will be seated at the witness table alongside two of her attorneys and will be escorted by a detail of Capitol Police while on the Hill, the aide said.

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When asked if there "is anything Ford could say" that would change his vote for Kavanaugh, Graham said, "I want to listen to her, but I'm being honest with you and everybody else".

As if that weren't enough, an employee of CRC on loan to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Garrett Ventry, resigned for falsifying his résumé and for alleged sexual harassment.

Ford's allegation of the 1982 incident was told to no one until a 2012 therapy session, when Kavanaugh was first touted in the media as the most likely GOP Supreme Court nominee.

Ford's husband, Russell Ford, was quoted by the Post as saying the thought that Kavanaugh could be considered for the Supreme Court after Trump took office troubled his wife so much that she considered moving as far away as New Zealand. "The White House sees this as not an acceptance".

FiveThirtyEight points out, "Grassley and the White House have already said they are standing behind Kavanaugh".

Grassley originally offered Ford four choices to air her testimony-a public hearing, a private hearing, a public testimony with committee staff, or a private testimony with committee staff.

Earlier, Trump had said Ford should be heard, even if it meant a delay in the confirmation process.

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