Supreme Court pick's accuser agrees to testify Thursday
Sep 24, 2018, 00:06
Ford's team had also asked that senators question the former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent who gave Ford a polygraph test and invite two trauma experts to testify.
If the hearing proceeds, Republicans will be forced to walk a careful line in questioning Ford's account without alienating women voters ahead of the elections.
"Even if it meant going into hiding, as she's had to do".
That response seemed a setback to Ford supporters' efforts to corroborate her claim.
While Kavanaugh did condemn sexual assault during the practice, and avoiding directly discrediting Ford, he did not come off well when the questions grew more probing, seemingly reluctant to take the pounding the faux committee members were presenting him with. The panel has delayed its vote on whether to advance Kavanaugh's confirmation to the full Senate in order to hear Blasey's testimony.
Terms of their appearances are still being negotiated, but several details have been resolved. The proposal calls for Ford to testify first and Kavanaugh second. Ford has alleged Kavanaugh was "stumbling drunk" when it happened. Ford wants an appearance by Mark Judge, a Kavanaugh friend who Ford asserts was at the high school party and in the room where the incident occurred. Given all the time that's passed, I wondered if perhaps Ford had actually been to such a party and suffered an assault, but it was with someone else and her mind was just filling in a blank with Kavanaugh's name.
Grassley and other Republican leaders were gearing up to muscle Kavanaugh's confirmation through without testimony from the accuser, until her lawyers on Thursday began negotiations for the hearing.
The committee's Republican leadership turned down those demands. "Tell me what boy or girl in high school didn't do dump (sic) stupid things", she wrote.
Ford and the Senate Judiciary Committee have reached agreement for a public hearing Thursday, but critical details are still unresolved. Both spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss private conversations.
The Senate Judiciary Committee and lawyers for the woman who has accused Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers reached a tentative agreement Saturday for her to publicly testify on Thursday.
"Despite actual threats to her safety and her life, Dr. Ford believes it is important for Senators to hear directly from her about the sexual assault committed against her", said the statement from attorneys Debra Katz, Lisa Banks and Michael Bromwich.
Earlier Saturday amid the latest deadline standoff Vice President Mike Pence called Kavanaugh "a man of integrity with impeccable credentials". He told the Values Voter conference, "In the very near future, Judge Kavanaugh will be on the United States Supreme Court". Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky expressed confidence to a gathering of conservatives in Washington that Kavanaugh will be confirmed.
Trump's tweets propagate the misguided notion that victims of sexual assault will typically respond by calling the police. Pence says he believes Kavanaugh will soon join the high court. At 6:30 they gave her a 10 p.m. deadline.
A spokesman for the committee's chairman, Sen.
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