Deadline Extended to Saturday for Dr. Christine Ford, Kavanaugh Accuser

Arturo Kim
September 24, 2018

Christine Blasey Ford will testify in an open hearing on Thursday at 10 a.m. about what she says was a sexual assault by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh at a party decades ago, her lawyers said on Sunday, even as negotiations continue over certain details.

Soon after the emails were made public, the committee issued a statement saying it will hear Ford's testimony on Thursday and that Kavanaugh will also testify after her. A spokesman for the committee's chairman, Sen.

Lawyer Michael Bromwich has joined Katz's legal team. Katz said in an email released by the Washington Post's Seung Min Kim that the deadline was intended "to bully Dr. Ford and deprive her of the ability to make a considered decision that has life-altering implications for her and her family". "She has agreed to move forward".

Moreover, the West Wing aides who had urged Trump to remain muted in his response to the accusations anxious about how the president might react if she ended up partaking in an hourslong, televised hearing. And top Republicans seem to be taking his side.

The order of testimonies is the opposite of what Ford, through her lawyers, has requested, according to a senior congressional source.

During an interview on CNN, Sosa and a group of women identified simply as Republican voters defended Kavanaugh, whose confirmation hearings came under threat after accusations surfaced he assaulted a girl in high school.

"The imposition of aggressive and artificial deadlines regarding the date and conditions of any hearing has created tremendous and unwarranted anxiety and stress on Dr. Ford", Katz said. Thomas was confirmed after a hearing that infuriated many women who believed the all-male committee mistreated Hill. "I think she's being used here".

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Mr Kavanaugh, a District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals judge, has repeatedly denied the accusation. Graham asked, explaining his dilemma over an allegation of a 1980s incident that is past the statute of limitations for criminal charges. Nobody has yet come forward to substantiate her version of events, while several people she says were at the party have said they do not know what she is talking about.

In a series of tweets, he questioned why law enforcement was not called at the time of the alleged assault, in 1982, if it was "as bad as she says". The terms of their agreement provide that Kavanaugh will also appear before the committee but he will not be in the room while Ford is speaking or being questioned.

But unresolved is who would question the 51-year-old California college professor and other potential witnesses.

Kavanaugh has denied the allegation and pledged to testify.

Other tweets from Grassley Friday night read like group chat, with direct appeals to Ford and text-message shorthand.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Judiciary Committee ranking member Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., wrote a letter to President Trump urging him to direct the FBI to investigate sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Ms Ford's lawyers previously said she had "been the target of vicious harassment" in the wake of her claims and was forced to leave her home. But Durbin left little doubt that that Democrats will go after Kavanaugh's drinking history to help shed light on the matter.

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