Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reassured Republicans that Judge Brett Kavanaugh ― President Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick now facing a sexual assault accusation ― will soon take his place on the highest court in the nation.
The preference would be for Ford to testify next Thursday, and she doesn't want Kavanaugh in the same room, her attorney told Judiciary Committee staff in a 30-minute call that also touched on security concerns and others issues. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., a possible 2020 presidential candidate, said Republicans were "bullying" Ford by giving her a Monday deadline to testify.
In a series of tweets, Mr. Trump defended the conservative Mr. Kavanaugh as under assault by "radical left wing politicians" seeking to "destroy and delay" his confirmation as a Supreme Court justice.
A vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation was delayed after a California professor accused him of sexually assaulting her decades ago while both were in high school.
"As you are aware, she has been receiving death threats, which have been reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and she and her family have been forced out of their home".
In a statement on Wednesday, a lawyer for Ford said her client was willing to cooperate with the committee, but criticized its plan to have only Ford and Kavanaugh testify.
"A hearing on Monday is not possible and the Committee's insistence that it occur then is arbitrary in any event", Katz added.
Republicans have largely stuck to the Monday timeline, as well as Grassley's decision to limit the hearing to two witnesses: Kavanaugh and Ford.More news: China warns US to withdraw sanctions on military
"That being said, let her have her say and let's see how it all works out". She says she can relate to women who say they've been mistreated by men and understands why it might take years to come forward with such allegations.
Through her lawyers, Ford said she wouldn't speak to the committee until the FBI investigates the incident, which allegedly occurred while Ford and Kavanaugh were in high school.
Christine Blasey Ford may testify against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after all.
"I made an appalling and inexcusable mistake of judgment in posting the tweet thread in a way that identified Kavanaugh's Georgetown Prep classmate", Whelan wrote at 8:38 a.m. Ford, whose identity was unknown until Sunday, had sent a letter to Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein in July. Chuck Grassley could respond to Ford's requests on Friday. Professional investigators understand only too well the inherent unreliability of allegations raised in the manner Ford's have been raised. They also mentioned having only one camera in the room, and said Ford is opposed to being questioned by outside counsel. Kavanaugh said he "categorically and unequivocally" denies the allegation, which he called "completely false".
In the days since Trump Jr. posted the image, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway showed support for Christine Blasey Ford, who came forward as the author of a confidential letter that detailed assault allegations against Kavanaugh, who has denied the accusations.
The chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Sen. 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.
Ford's family has also moved to publicly defend her, including an open letter on Twitter.