Published: Mon, September 24, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

With Conditions | Trending: Christine Blasey Ford Agrees to Testify Next Week

With Conditions | Trending: Christine Blasey Ford Agrees to Testify Next Week

A woman who accuses US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault has accepted a Senate Judiciary Committee's request for her to tell her story.

Christine Ford will testify to the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday morning at 10 a.m., her lawyers said Sunday.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Judiciary Committee ranking member Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., wrote a letter to President Trump urging him to direct the FBI to investigate sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

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The president's comments infuriated Democrats, dismayed many Republicans and risked further alienating women voters ahead of the November 6 mid-term elections, in which Democrats have a chance to win control of the House and perhaps the Senate.

"We have to fight for him, not anxious about the other side", he said.

He also reinterred his full support for Judge Kavanaugh who he described as a "fine man, with an impeccable reputation".

Trump's searing reproach defied the Senate Republican strategy, and the advice of White House aides, of not disparaging Ford while firmly defending his nominee and the tight timetable for confirming him.

It said she had considered leaving the U.S. when it became clear Kavanaugh would be Trump's pick for supreme court justice.

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It remains to be seen if Republicans either themselves or through an outside lawyer have the nerve to grill Ford about the attack on her and the lifetime of trauma it unleashed. While Ford claims that Kavanaugh physically and sexually assaulted her at a high school party, Kavanaugh maintains his innocence.

In their statement, Ford's attorneys said that lawmakers had "refused to invite other witnesses who are essential for a fair hearing that arrives at the truth about the sexual assault".

A Democratic senator on the Judiciary Committee, Mazie Hirono, said she wanted to hear from Kavanaugh about the drinking and partying environment in high school.

The person familiar with Ford's legal team's thinking said Saturday that the attorneys will continue to push for their other demands, including whether senators will question Ford directly or whether they will use staff attorneys, and whether they will subpoena Judge. Ford has said she did not tell anyone about the alleged assault until 2012. In a single tweet Friday, Trump broke his silence to cast doubt on Ford's story in ways Republicans had been carefully trying to avoid.

He said the witnesses would be limited to Ford and Kavanaugh.

Senator Susan Collins, a moderate Republican and potentially a key vote on Kavanaugh's nomination, said at an event in Portland, Maine, that she was "appalled" by Trump's tweet.

Ford, who asked that the FBI investigate the allegations, said there was alcohol at the party and that Kavanaugh and Judge were very drunk at the time.

Graham also feels that Ford is simply being "used" by Democrats, claiming they have an "agenda" against Kavanaugh. "I will listen if she does".

Earlier this week, Ms Ford's lawyers said that she would not appear before the Senate until the FBI had investigated the allegations.

Ford, a professor at Palo Alto University, has said she didn't tell anyone about the alleged attack at the time, in part because she didn't want to tell her parents about underage drinking at a party where she said it occurred. At this point, only the power of her testimony may be able to affect the outcome of Kavanaugh's nomination for a seat on the highest court. Her request for security comes after her lawyers said she has relocated her family due to death threats.

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