Monday, 22 October, 2018

Kavanaugh Accuser Wants to Talk to Senate; Terms Up in Air

The nation's capital was up late Sunday reacting to the news of a second woman claiming Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her decades ago Deadline Passes, Senate Awaits Word On Christine Blasey Ford Testimony
Deanna Wagner | 23 September, 2018, 22:06

Attorneys for Christine Blasey Ford say their client is "committed" to testifying before lawmakers about her allegation that Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when the two were high school students, which Kavanaugh has strenuously denied.

The letter says Ford "accepts" the committee's request that in the coming week she would "provide her first-hand knowledge of Brett Kavanaugh's sexual misconduct".

A conservative legal commentator on Friday denied communicating with the White House or Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh about his theory that the woman accusing Kavanaugh of sexual assault was mistaking him for someone else.

"Judge Kavanaugh I just granted another extension to Dr Ford to decide if she wants to proceed w the statement she made last week to testify to the senate She shld decide so we can move on I want to hear her".

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

The committee had given Ford, a California professor, until 2:30pm (1830 GMT) Saturday to decide on whether to appear, after she rejected a Friday evening deadline imposed by the committee's Republican leader, Chuck Grassley.

The tentative accord could close days of brinkmanship over whether Ford would testify. Ford wants an appearance by Mark Judge, a Kavanaugh friend who Ford asserts was in the room when the incident occurred.

Kavanaugh described Ford's claim as a "completely and totally false allegation", and insisted that he has "never done anything like what the accuser describes to her or to anyone".

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"We are disapointed by the leaks and the bullying that have tainted the process, we are hopeful we can reach agreement on details".

King's remarks echo President Donald Trump's skepticism of the allegations. "In the event that we can come to a reasonable resolution as I've been seeking all week, then I will postpone the committee vote to accommodate her testimony".

Ford agreed that she will testify after Kavanaugh, rather than going first, as she had preferred, according to a source familiar with the talks, but was unauthorized to discuss the talks publicly and was granted anonymity.

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".

Republican committee staff and Ford's lawyers had reached a stalemate in negotiations over the details of the testimony.

Some "procedural and logistical" questions have yet to be resolved, including whether Ford will face questions from attorneys on the committee staff or senators themselves, Ford's lawyers said.

Earlier on Saturday, a senior official at the White House said Ms Ford's requests amounted to "a clever way to push off the vote Monday without committing to appear Wednesday". Meanwhile, Democrats have made numerous attempts to stall Kavanaugh's selection, with the GOP still holding a slim majority in the Senate. Between Trump's ridiculous assertion that a 15-year-old's failure to report a sex crime (which launched the #WhyIDidntReport social media phenomenon) and the nutty mistaken identity plot (which seems to concede Ford was attacked) Republicans have inflicted far more damage on this nomination than Democrats have up until now.