Published: Mon, September 24, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Lawyer says woman doesn't recall attending party

Lawyer says woman doesn't recall attending party

California professor Christine Blasey Ford has agreed to testify before a U.S. Senate panel on Thursday morning about her sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, her lawyers said on Sunday.

The committee said it would not negotiate on other points, though, including Ford's desire for additional witnesses and a request to testify after, not before, Kavanaugh.

"This alleged event from 35 years ago did not happen", Kavanaugh said.

But having spent six days assessing her memories and consulting with her attorney, she felt more confident and is now calling for an FBI investigation. The misdirection involves more moderate Republicans pretending Kavanaugh's ideology is irrelevant when it is, in fact, everything. She accused him of attacking her and trying to remove her clothing while he was drunk at a party when he was 17 years old and she was 15.

Earlier Sunday, Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said lawyers for Ford are contesting two GOP conditions of the proposed 10 a.m. Thursday hearing - that Ford and Kavanaugh will be the only witnesses and that an independent counsel will ask the questions. But she should come forward, she should have her say, she will be respectfully treated.

"Most Americans, for example, recall vividly where they were and what they were doing the moment they first learned of the 9/11 terrorist attacks."

Republicans grew frustrated as Ford's lawyers insisted on a hearing next Thursday rather than Monday or even Wednesday and made other requests, some of which the committee chairman, Sen.

On Sunday, The New Yorker reported on a new case of sexual misconduct which allegedly happened while Kavanaugh and the accuser were both students at Yale in the 80's.

Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 6.

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It's unclear whether Saturday's discussions between Ford and committee leadership resolved any of the details. Instead, it seems the only thing the calendars do prove is that Brett Kavanaugh was once a teenager who kept a calendar, that he or a family member felt the need to hold onto to such documentation, and that if he did assault Ford, he wasn't stupid enough to make a note of it. Kavanaugh's team, however, argues that the calendars are important because they don't corroborate Ford's story. In that case, the FBI investigated Hill's allegations and produced a report three days later, before the Judiciary Committee held its now-infamous hearings with Hill and Thomas.

"Rape myths, including the ones we heard espoused (Friday), are a lot of the reason women do not report and do not come forward and stay silent", said Lauren Dobson-Hughes, an Ottawa consultant and prominent Canadian advocate of women's rights. "I didn't see it; I never heard of it happening".

"We were sitting in a circle", she said. "He should have been given the opportunity to say so directly to Senator Feinstein had he been made aware of serious allegations against him".

She says she also remembers another student shouting down the hall, "Brett Kavanaugh just put his penis in Debbie's face". Judge has previously written about his experiences as a teenage alcoholic. "It should be fully investigated", Senator Mazie Hirono, of Hawaii, was quoted as saying.

"The FBI's involvement is required in order to identify and interview all witnesses, review documentary evidence, and provide its report to the Senate", Schumer and Feinstein wrote.

"I am writing to request an immediate postponement of any further proceedings related to the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh", she said in a statement.

Debra Katz told CNN her client took decades to share her allegations with her husband, and even longer to share them publicly.

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