Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford will testify Thursday at Senate hearing

UPDATE — 9/24, 8:57 a.m. EDT: Senate Democrats are investigating a second allegation of sexual misconduct against Brett Kavanaugh according to a report by the New Yorker.

The accuser, Deborah Ramirez, says an intoxic Kavanaugh exposed his pelvic area in her face during freshman dorm party at Yale in 1983–’84.

Both the White House and Kavanaugh issued statements Sunday evening denying the story.  Attorney Michael Avenatti tweeted late Sunday following Ramirez’s claim, claiming to represent a third accuser with evidence of sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh in high school.

 

After days of uncertainty, the woman at the center of a sexual assault claim leveled against U.S. Supreme Court candidate Brett Kavanaugh has agreed to appear in front of the Senate committee presiding over nomination hearings.

Christine Blasey Ford, a 51-year-old professor at Palo Alto University in California, will testify at an “open” hearing Thursday, Sept. 28, at 10 a.m. EDT.

Although an agreement assuring Ford’s appearance has been secured, the lingering question over who will cross-examine Ford remains unanswered.

In a Saturday letter to members of the Senate judiciary panel, attorneys representing Ms. Ford indicated their client’s willingness to testify, but requested further discussion to reach final terms under which Ford would appear.

The letter issued a sharp rebuke to the committee, bemoaning what Ford’s attorneys characterized as Chairman Chuck Grassley’s proposal for Ford’s appearance as “fundamentally inconsistent with the Committee’s promise of a fair, impartial investigation into her allegations.”

Saturday’s letter to the committee from Ford attorney Lisa Banks and Democratic activist Debra Katz ends over one week of tense negotiations between committee members and lawyers representing Ford over terms for her testimony.

The agreement for Ford to appear followed a brief phone conversation with Ford attorneys and Sen. Grassley (R-Iowa), and the ranking Democrat on the panel, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.).

Grassley, who had been locked in discussions with attorneys for Ford, had delayed a confirmation vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination to accommodate her testimony. Grassley twice extended a deadline to oblige Ford.

During the week of talks, Grassley rejected some of Ford’s requests, including her demand Kavanaugh address the Senate panel prior to offering her version of events. Ford also demanded a full FBI probe of her charge before testifying and insisted the second man accused, Mark Judge, be ordered to testify, both of which were also rejected.

Mr. Judge denies being at the party in which the alleged attempted assault occurred and has defended Kavanaugh.

Grassley had set a deadline for Ford to appear, a limit, if ignored by Ford, would have led to the Senate resuming business and holding a confirmation vote for the embattled nominee.

Ford’s accusations against Judge Kavanaugh date back over three decades. In her account, Kavanaugh and a male companion allegedly restrained Ford, with Kavanaugh placing his hand over her mouth, as the other man made the effort to disrobe her in an attempted assault which Ford believes would have led to rape.

Kavanaugh has categorically denied the accusation.

 

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