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Judiciary Committee still negotiating Ford’s testimony

by Harvest Prude
Posted 9/21/18, 12:25 pm

Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct when they were both teenagers, won’t testify Monday at a continuation of Kavanaugh’s Senate confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, but she could appear on Capitol Hill later in the week. Ford’s terms for testifying are that Kavanaugh appear first, that senators, rather than outside counsel, ask the questions, and that she and Kavanaugh are never in the same room. She also asked the Judiciary Committee to subpoena Kavanaugh’s classmate, Mark Judge, who Ford said was in the room at the time of the alleged assault.

In a call Thursday night with committee members from both parties, Ford’s attorneys floated the idea of a hearing next Thursday, Politico reported. In an email earlier in the day, attorneys Lisa Banks and Debra Katz said Ford “wishes to testify, provided that we can agree on terms that are fair and which ensure her safety.”

President Donald Trump weighed in Friday, tweeting that Kavanaugh was “under assault by radical left wing politicians who don’t want to know the answers, they just want to destroy and delay. Facts don’t matter.” He also asked why a police report was not filed at the time of the alleged incident: “I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!” According to the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics, a majority of rapes and other sexual assaults are not reported to police.

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Harvest Prude

Harvest is a reporter for WORLD based in Washington, D.C.

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  • Fuzzyface
    Posted: Fri, 09/21/2018 01:42 pm

    I'm not sure what good it would be for Kavanaugh to appear first before they hear her accusations.  As far as I can tell he (and Judge) have responded to what she has said si far. 

    She said that she wants terms that ensure her safety.  Has she been threatened?  If so wouldn't the FBI (or someone) provide security?  Is'nt there already security at these hearings?

  • RC
    Posted: Fri, 09/21/2018 03:06 pm

    In answer to your question I have read that Judge Kavanaugh, his wife and Ford have all been threatened. Protection at the hearing is not the problem. When you put yourself in the public eye you are taking a risk.  No one can guarantee you absolute protection 24/7 for the rest of your life.

    Posted: Fri, 09/21/2018 04:14 pm

    Thanks to the Dems, being a conservative has never been so dangerous. The way things are now, Kavanaugh and his family will probably not be able to eat out for a very long time.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Fri, 09/21/2018 02:03 pm

    Just a wild guess here: that everything Ms. Ford says, every condition she places on her testifying, every interview with press—from the beginning of this saga to the eventual end—is completely planned and scripted by Diane Feinstein et al. 

    Winning means far more to the left than truth. In fact, we learn from some of the writings of prominent leftie theorists, truth is a flexible thing: what you have to say in order to win is “truth.”  

    Please let your Senators know we want to see Judge Kavanaugh confirmed. 

    Posted: Fri, 09/21/2018 04:32 pm

    Even Muslims are able to lie about their religion. A Muslim can convince you they are a Christian with a straight face, because the end justifies the means. Politicians and lawyers are very good at lying. Feinstein has had a lot of practice.

  •  CaptTee's picture
    Posted: Fri, 09/21/2018 02:44 pm

    What negotiation? Issue her a subpeona!

    If she doesn't show call a vote!

    If she shows, and doesn't take the 5th, have federal marshalls standing by in case there is a need to take her into custody for purgery.

  • RC
    Posted: Fri, 09/21/2018 03:07 pm

    It seems to me that it will boil down to he said, she said. Based on the Judge’s track record (and he has already been grilled and passed) I would tend to believe him.  I know nothing about Ms. Ford but the completely cagey way her accusation has come down.  Why did she send a letter to the Dems and not the FBI directly?  Why is Ms. Ford voicing this accusation now, decades later, is it only because of the Supreme Court decision?  If she felt there really was a rape attempt, why has she stayed quite, till now?  That raises a lot of suspicions concerning her credibility.

  • Kris
    Posted: Fri, 09/21/2018 03:37 pm

    So Professor Ford wants to testify after Judge Kavanaugh, so the accusation comes AFTER the defense?  Not much of a defense, is it?  And she refuses to be in the same room, but our constitution says you have the right to confront your accuser.  This is unjust.  If she won't show up Monday (after preparing since July or earlier), she should not be heard.  Prof. Ford has so far refused to speak under oath.  Judge K has sworn under oath, as have the 2 other men named as involved. Delay, delay, delay.

  • Glong
    Posted: Fri, 09/21/2018 04:13 pm

    The request for a delay in her testimony until Thursday (September 27) makes it unlikely that he could be approved by the whole Senate and sworn in prior to the beginning of the new Supreme Court session which begins October 1. This all seems very orchestrated.

    Posted: Fri, 09/21/2018 04:38 pm

    Which of the Republicans who might confirm Kavanaugh, might be thinking that the Dems, because they have Obama and the FBI telling them what to do, would turn on them next. Obama has had 8 years to investigate all the Republicans (and anyone who might have gone against him in the past). Probably why some have already bailed.  

    Posted: Fri, 09/21/2018 04:43 pm

    O is going to make them pay dearly for not letting him appoint a Supreme. O is still in control. He still has his people in the white house. 

  • Laura W
    Posted: Fri, 09/21/2018 08:53 pm

    As it currently stands, this is not a credible accusation, for a variety of reasons. However, I really wish President Trump would handle it better than insisting on a police report. Given that she was allegedly able to excape before anything worse happened, it wouldn't necessarily have even occured to her that a crime had been committed, and she might have just been content to get away and make sure she's never at the same party with the assaulters again. (Given the therapist's report, I don't think it's unlikely that she really was assaulted, just probably not by Kavanaugh.)