Christine Blasey Fords testimony sure to be a ‘circus’

Arturo Kim
September 21, 2018

"They don't want this investigation done".

The accusation has jarred the 53-year-old conservative jurist's prospects for winning confirmation, which until Ford's emergence last week had seemed all but certain. The Senate judiciary committee hearings that featured her testimony made headlines for days. Susan Collins, Maine, and Lisa Murkowski, Alaska.

In an interview with The Associated Press, she says she has talked to men who were happy she said that, because they want to be part of the movement too. "Key aspects of our nation's health-care and labor laws may be at risk if Mr. Kavanaugh receives a lifetime appointment".

The committee's Republican chairman, Senator Chuck Grassley, gave Ford until 10 a.m. (1400 GMT) on Friday to submit prepared testimony if she planned to appear on Monday.

She wants a single photographer in the room. John Cornyn, Texas, the No. 2 Republican in the chamber, told CNN. "I think everything's going to be just fine. She's showing us she's capable of doing it".

Ford has accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault at a party in high school when Kavanaugh attended the elite all-boys Georgetown Preparatory School outside of Washington, D.C. Ford detailed, in an account to the Washington Post, that she was 15 at the time and attended the all-girls school, Holton-Arms. Her allegation has put her past, and those who were a part of it, into the public spotlight - and created divides of people who support Ford or support Kavanaugh, who has repeatedly denied the allegation.

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Most of the rest are objectionable to varying degrees, mainly to the committee's own prerogatives, except the unlimited opening statement request and the equal-time demand (which is already the rule, as NBC notes). But both had previously stated that if Ford's allegations are true they'd be disqualifying - and their votes are enough to sink Kavanaugh's bid for the high court. "You have to ask yourself why". "I sincerely hope that Dr. Ford will accept my invitation to do so, either privately or publicly, on Monday".

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh arrives on the first day of his confirmation hearing in front of the Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington, on September 4, 2018.

"What is happening with the Judiciary Committee, really, I would call it a railroad job, " Senator Mazie Hirono, Democrat of Hawaii, said alongside Gillibrand on Thursday.

In the call later Thursday, Katz asked the committee to subpoena Mark Judge, whom Ford has named as the other teen in the room at the time. Kavanaugh wrote to Grassley in a letter released by the White House that he looks forward to testifying.

Thomas was ultimately confirmed and is now the longest-serving justice.

Ford is willing to tell her story to the Judiciary Committee, whose senators will vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation - but only if agreement can be reached on "terms that are fair and which ensure her safety", the attorney said in an email earlier Thursday. "This strikes us as simply a check-the-box exercise in a rush to confirm Judge Kavanaugh".

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