US Supreme Court nominee accuser agrees to testify
Sep 24, 2018, 00:07
As Mr Trump's pick, Brett Kavanaugh has to first approved in the Senate before he can take his seat - but before that vote can happen, he has to be approved by the judiciary committee, where Prof Ford may testify.
The lawyers for Ford wrote to the committee on Saturday that she "accepts the Committee's request to provide her first-hand knowledge of Brett Kavanaugh's sexual misconduct next week".
Trump's tweet on Friday said: "I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents".
Kavanaugh, a conservative federal appeals court judge, has denied the allegations and said he would be willing to testify.
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Dr Ford, a university professor, had originally been granted a deadline on Friday, which later was extended to Saturday, to agree to testify.
The committee wanted her to appear Wednesday, but she prefers her earlier request for Thursday, according to a person familiar with the negotiations who was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.
"I want to listen to her, but I'm being honest with you and everybody else.What am I supposed to do?"
"Worth noting that this is exactly where we were on Monday morning", he said on Twitter. Trump asked, as he defended his Supreme Court nominee.
'We've made important progress, ' said Ford's attorneys Debra S. Katz, Lisa J. Banks, and Michael R. Bromwich.
Republicans said they would accommodate several of Ford's requests, including ensuring that she had adequate security at the Capitol and that Kavanaugh would not be in the room when she speaks.
For their part, Democrats say Republicans are mounting an unseemly rush to get Kavanaugh into the nine-member Supreme Court while they still control the legislature.
In other words, Ford expects to be believed without question because 36 years ago she suffered what for any woman would be a devastating experience she "will never forget" - but she demands to be excused for not recalling key facts about the unforgettable. Well, someone told Whelan what was up, and any coordination with Kavanaugh (for example, via the right-wing PR outfit CRC, who hyped Whelan's revelation), would be separate grounds for denying him confirmation and would also ensnare the judge in the host of civil and ethical problems Whelan created. In a report out over the weekend, the Washington Post details insider efforts to prep Kavanaugh for the hearing and explains what's at stake for the GOP, not just in the long-term but in the upcoming midterm elections. Grassley said that if she missed that deadline, he would scrap the hearing and his committee would vote on sending Kavanaugh's nomination to the full Senate.
During an interview on CNN, Sosa and a group of women identified simply as Republican voters defended Kavanaugh, whose confirmation hearings came under threat after accusations surfaced he assaulted a girl in high school.
Additionally, as the only other woman supposedly at the gathering, Keyser's statement may hold more weight with key Republican Sen. It will not include other witnesses nor has it been decided whether staff attorneys or senators will ask the questions.
Judge's lawyer said in a letter to the committee on Tuesday that Judge did not recall the incident and did not wish to testify. Democratic Senator Doug Jones said Mark Judge , Kavanaugh's high school friend, should be subpoenaed if he refuses to testify.
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She claimed Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed, tried to remove her clothing and put his hand over her mouth when she tried to scream. Kavanaugh says in the statement he "had no idea who was making this accusation until she identified herself".
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