Grassley Fires Back at Requests From Ford's Lawyers

21 September, 2018, 09:43 | Author: Carlos George
  • Christine Blasey Ford May Testify Next Week After All

Kavanaugh is scheduled to appear again before the Senate Judiciary Committee next Monday following allegations that have endangered his appointment to the Supreme Court.

Ford, 51, alleged in a letter obtained by Sen.

Alumna Alexis Goldstein says word of the letter spread through social media and personal networks. The only people Ford says were present for the alleged assault are Kavanaugh and schoolmate Mike Judge, both of whom say this incident never happened.

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.

An email her lawyers sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee said Ford "would be prepared to testify next week" if the senators offer her "terms that are fair and which ensure her safety".

Katz's email says that Ford "has been receiving death threats", and that "she and her family have been forced out of their home" after her identity was revealed over the weekend.

Third-year law student Sebastien Voigt, 28, said Ford spoke up even though it put her career, her reputation and her lifestyle in jeopardy. "Mark Judge (Kavanaugh's friend in this who despicable story of sexual assault) reached out to alums saying that Gary Orr was a great priest and that I had obviously been corrupted by liberalism into a homosexual and therefore was most definitely lying", Ruyak wrote. "This strikes us as simply a check-the-box exercise in a rush to confirm Judge Kavanaugh".

Ford's lawyers said on Tuesday she would not appear before the Senate until after the FBI investigates the allegations.

However, they said that she is open to negotiating a new date - under strict conditions, given the increasingly nasty atmosphere around the case.

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On Thursday, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll contained some very bad news for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. "Dear Professor Ford, we know how hard it is to stand up to powerful people", they say.

Gillibrand says it's "bullying" for Republicans to say Ford must show up Monday or not at all.

The disturbing accusations threw a wrench into Kavanaugh's confirmation to replace Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court, which initially appeared to be a slam dunk for Republicans.

"Monday is her opportunity", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Tuesday. That's curious, although of course not proof that she's afraid to tell her story under oath.

The timetable brought cries of protest from Democrats, who have called on the FBI to investigate the allegations made by Christine Blasey Ford, a professor from California, and to expand the number of witnesses who would be called beyond Ford and Kavanaugh.

Chairman Senator Chuck Grassley had invited Kavanaugh to testify in regards to the accusations made by Christine Blasey Ford.

Prof Ford has accused Judge Kavanaugh of drunkenly pinning her to a bed and trying to remove her clothing at a house party in a Washington DC suburb when they were both teenagers 36 years ago.

It remained unclear, though, whether Ms Ford would attend or if the hearing would occur without her.

"Dr Ford was reluctantly thrust into the public spotlight only two days ago", Ms Banks said in a statement.

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