Talking Points | Kavanaugh To Testify Next Monday
By Gabrielle Caracciolo – Syracuse, N.Y. (CitrusTV) – Kavanaugh accuser ‘will testify’ in front of Senate Judiciary Committee as long as conditions are met
Christine Blasey Ford’s attorney said that the Palo Alto University professor would testify against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, as long as fair terms were set and Ford’s safety was guaranteed. The attorney informed officials, however, that a testimony on Monday, September 24th, was impossible.
Ford’s attorney says she believes that the FBI should investigate her accusations before the Senate Judiciary Committee gets involved. Her attorneys say, “a full investigation by law enforcement officials will ensure that the crucial facts and witnesses in this matter are assessed in a non-partisan manner, and that the Committee is fully informed before conducting any hearing or making any decisions.”
President Trump has said that while he fully supports Kavanaugh, he believes Ford should testify before the committee. “If she shows up and makes a credible showing, that will be very interesting and we’ll have to make a decision,” President Trump said. “But I can only say this, he is such an outstanding man. Very hard for me to imagine that anything happened.”
Rumors of Ford’s allegation, that she was sexually assaulted by Kavanaugh at a high school party in the 1980s, began circulating in July when Ford anonymously contacted the Washington Post. Ford also sent a letter detailing the allegations to her state’s senator, Democrat Dianne Feinstein.
Last Wednesday, Senator Feinstein, who is under scrutiny for her handling of these allegations, revealed Ford’s allegations to the rest of the Senate Judiciary Committee. The following day Feinstein revealed pieces of that information to the public.
Although Ford originally insisted on remailing anonymous, she decided to come forward as the accuser on Sunday in part due to fear that she would be outed. Ford wanted her identity to be revealed on her own terms, according to her lawyers.
Senator Grassley’s deadline for Ford’s decision is being read by some as a signal that Senate Republicans plan on moving forward with Kavanaugh’s confirmation process. A key swing vote in Kavanaugh’s confirmation, Senator Susan Collins tweeted on Wednesday, “I hope that Dr. Ford will reconsider and testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday. It is my understanding that the Committee has offered to hold either a public or a private session, whichever would make her more comfortable.”