Published: Sun, September 23, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Kavanaugh Accuser Accepts 'Tentative' Deal To Testify In Front Of Senate Committee

Kavanaugh Accuser Accepts 'Tentative' Deal To Testify In Front Of Senate Committee

Attorneys for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, and the Senate Judiciary Committee have reached agreement for a public hearing Thursday, as talks continued Sunday to resolve potentially make-or-break details, such as potential witnesses who could corroborate her decades-old sexual assault claim.

Judge, who Ford has said was in the room when she was allegedly assaulted by Kavanaugh, had indicated he did not want to testify because he had nothing to add beyond his denial of any knowledge of the purported episode.

That's because the Iowa Republican's tweet read like a direct message to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. He has categorically denied the accusations, and says he is eager to testify to clear his name.

"I understand that you have been identified as an individual who was in attendance at a party that occurred circa 1982 described in a recent Washington Post article", a committee staffer wrote Keyser earlier this week.

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The panel rejected some of the other demands, including that Kavanaugh testify first, that the committee call additional witnesses that Ford requests, and that only senators be allowed to ask questions.

Trump: Ford should have reported alleged attack.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell played verbal hardball of his own, drawing a standing ovation when he assured a gathering of evangelical activists that the conservative Kavanaugh would soon be a justice.

The allegations, which were first reported in the United States media, have delayed his confirmation to the Supreme Court.

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Prof Ford, Judge Kavanaugh and his wife have all been receiving threats, as the case becomes increasingly contentious. Most controversially, Ford's legal team demanded that Ford, the accuser, testify after the accused, Kavanaugh.

Elsewhere in the interview, Graham bragged of having been "a prosecutor, defense attorney and a judge", but defended Republican committee members' decision to have outside counsel conduct questioning during the hearing.

"Despite actual threats to her safety and her life, Dr. Ford believes it is important for Senators to hear directly from her about the sexual assault committed against her", the attorneys wrote.

Fox News anchor Chris Wallace asked if Graham has "an open mind on this" and if Ford could say anything that would change his mind in her hearing. Republican Sen. Susan Collins of ME, who hasn't declared support for Kavanaugh, called the remark "appalling".

And Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), said the president should call for the FBI to investigate if he wanted to "get to the bottom" of Blasey's account. "Keep the faith, don't get rattled by any of this". While many Republicans appear eager to quickly push through Kavanaugh's would-be lifetime appointment, many Democrats are calling for further examination of Ford's allegation before the confirmation process continues.

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