Kavanaugh accuser 'prepared to testify' next week

Friday, 21 Sep, 2018

Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, who has said quite a few eyebrow-raising things that suggest that he and other Republicans on the committee just want to hold a perfunctory hearing with Ford, then proceed as normal to put Kavanaugh on the court no matter what she says.

Katz reiterated that Ford, now a psychology professor in California, has received death threats and for safety reasons has relocated her family.

Translation: We can probably expect many more of these jaw-dropping comments as the stalemate over whether Kavanaugh and Ford will testify before the Senate on Monday continues.

Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley welcomed Prof Ford's offer.

Judge Kavanaugh, 53, has agreed to testify to the judiciary committee, which vets Supreme Court nominees, on Monday. At one point, Ford said that Kavanaugh placed his hand over her mouth to keep her from making any noises.

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While she's willing to testify, the letter read, she is concerned that senators "appear to have made up their minds that she is "mistaken" and 'mixed up'".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell expressed confidence on Thursday that Kavanaugh will ultimately be confirmed.

Dr Ford, 51, told The Post that in 1982, Kavanaugh and his classmate Mark Judge - now a filmmaker and author who has a past history of alcoholism - entered her bedroom during a gathering of teenagers at a house in Montgomery County, Maryland.

Kavanaugh denies any attack occurred, and Republicans have appeared poised to seek a confirmation vote as early as next week if she does not agree to testify. Hill, now a gender studies professor at Brandeis University, said she supports Ford's push for an FBI investigation.

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". "I don't know what the last minute is", he said.

Ford told The Washington Post that she had told no one about the incident until she attended therapy sessions with her husband in 2010, thirty years later.

This time, the Republicans on the committee are also all men, and they will have to tread delicately in a situation that could end up an intractable he said-she said debate. Ford wants an FBI investigation done before testifying, but President Donald Trump and Republicans have rebuffed her.

Ford's camp and the Democrats opposed to Kavanaugh's confirmation quickly balked, demanding an "FBI investigation" despite the Department of Justice's repeated assertion that the accusation, as it involves no potential federal crime, is not under the Bureau's general investigative jurisdiction and that their role in background investigations for nominees does not include credibility determinations.

And critics say a witness like Blasey Ford doesn't have the right to demand an investigation before she testifies.

President Donald Trump nominated Kavanaugh to the bench.

Senator Dean Heller, a Nevada Republican, sounded bullish about the prospects of confirming the nominee, who would be expected to bring a more conservative tilt to America's highest court.