Trump Defends Supreme Court Nominee as Accuser Faces Deadline

Hannah Rogers
September 21, 2018

Her lawyer, Debra Katz, said in an email to committee staff on Thursday that Ford would be willing to testify under "terms that are fair and which ensure her safety" and asked to schedule a call later in the delay to discuss the conditions.

"Senate Republicans are attempting to make Dr. Blasey Ford testify on just a few days' notice - without having the Federal Bureau of Investigation follow up on her allegations and provide a report first", said the letter, which was spearheaded by Sens.

Ford on Tuesday suggested in a letter from her legal team that she would be unwilling to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee until the FBI investigated the matter to ensure committee members are fully informed about the allegations.

As it turns out, it's not true that the FBI doesn't do investigations like this.

Third, as long as Ford's counsel want to talk about regular, independent investigations, we should note that there is not a police organization in America that would entertain her allegation, in light of the lapse of time and the long-ago exhaustion of the statute of limitations.

Ford told the Washington Post on Sunday that an intoxicated Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her during a party when they were in high school and put his hand over her mouth when she attempted to call for help.

CNN. "Read the letter Christine Blasey Ford sent accusing Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct".

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. But, they wrote, her life had been "turned upside down" since she went public with her allegations.

"To take a man like this and besmirch", Trump said, adding that he has been "accommodating".

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US President Donald Trump introduces his Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, July 9, 2018.

Ford, a psychology professor at Palo Alto University in California, has been given a Friday deadline by the Republican-led Judiciary Committee to decide whether to testify at a high-stakes hearing it has scheduled for Monday.

Numerous Republicans had called for the confirmation process to move forward if Ford would not agree to testify, and they accused Democrats of trying to stall the confirmation process. Christine Blasey Ford was a student at the Holton Arms School, a Maryland all-girls school, in the early 1980s.

Taylor Foy, spokesman for Republicans who control the committee, said in a written statement, "We are happy that Dr. Ford's attorneys are now engaging with the Committee".

Katz continued: "Dr. Ford has asked me to let you know that she appreciates the various options you have suggested". Kavanaugh, who has strongly denied the claims, has already agreed to appear.

Committee Republicans have planned for only Kavanaugh and Ford to testify, but Democrats want other witnesses, too.

Kavanaugh has categorically denied the claim and said he is willing to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday.

"Someone who is lying does not ask the FBI to investigate their claims, " Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Democrat of NY, said Thursday at an event on Capitol Hill. "He did it again when the accuser came forward against Kavanaugh".

It is something, she said, that was not surprising to hear given the culture of drinking and partying, but she remembers being struck by the "gravity" of what was being talked about.

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