Published: Sat, September 22, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Brett Kavanaugh accuser offers to testify to Senate

Brett Kavanaugh accuser offers to testify to Senate

Several Senate Democrats have changed their rhetoric on how and when Christine Blasey Ford should testify about her accusation of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

While Ford has been the target of consistent attacks from Trump's base since coming forward with sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, this morning marked a turning point in Trump's strategy.

Professor Ford is willing to tell her story - but only if agreement can be reached on "terms that are fair and which ensure her safety", her lawyer said on Thursday (local time).

On Friday the U.S. president tweeted: "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".

"Some have gone so far as to state, "She's mixed up"; "She's mistaken"; "She's not in really a position to make conditions"; and, 'I'll listen to the lady, but we're going to bring this to a close.' These shameful attacks show why it is so hard for survivors of sexual assault to come forward", the Democrats wrote in their letter.

The president had until Friday taken great pains to avoid challenging Ford by name. But that served to galvanize GOP lawmakers around Kavanaugh, who vehemently denies Ford's allegations, all but ensuring his likely confirmation. "He remains committed to providing a fair forum for both Dr Ford and Judge Kavanaugh".

In addition to security, expected to be provided by Capitol Police, Ford has asked for press coverage of her testimony to be the same as for Kavanaugh.

"Mitch McConnell knows how to steer the ship, to be judicious, to allow Professor Ford to have her day in court, so long as it happens quickly without inordinate further delay".

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Ford was 15 years old at the time she alleges Kavanaugh attacked her. Politico reported that Ford asked to have Kavanaugh testify first, and does not want him in the room when she testifies.

Ford said that Kavanaugh and his male friend, who were reportedly drunk, laughed. The FBI could investigate Dr. Ford's allegations in a matter of days. "Neither one of those options is useful if she wants to stop Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court", Roberts writes in her new op-ed for ABC News.

His approval by the Judiciary Committee and the Republican-majority Senateappeared to be an nearly certainty until The Washington Post published its interview with Ford, who is now a California psychology professor.

The committee must approve the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh before it passes to the full Senate for a vote. The answer simple: Republican members of the Judiciary Committee want to believe Judge, not Dr Ford.

White House officials remain confident Kavanaugh will be confirmed.

Ford, through her attorneys, has requested that the FBI conduct an investigation into the alleged incident before she speaks to the committee, and Senate Democrats have lined up behind her.

"The most consequential decision I've made in my entire career is the decision not do something, and that was to not fill the vacancy after the death of Justice Scalia", McConnell said, referring the decision to hold up President Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court.

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