Kavanaugh accuser willing to testify in US Senate

Kavanaugh accuser willing to testify in US Senate

Christine Ford's allegations Friday, asking why she or her "loving parents" did not "immediately file charges" after the alleged attack.

"He said / she said" has become part of the lexicon of language used to discuss sexual assault cases for a reason.

Here's why. Prior to her latest response, the growing expectation in Washington was that Kavanaugh's confirmation had been righted after being rocked by Ford's allegation last week.

A woman who accuses Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh of trying to rape her in 1982 has offered to testify to the Senate if it can "ensure her safety".

'Since the moment I first heard this allegation, I have categorically and unequivocally denied it, ' he wrote.

US Capitol Police said 56 protesters were arrested in Senate office buildings during demonstrations against Kavanaugh on Thursday.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley had scheduled a hearing for Monday, and said if Ford wanted to appear she must notify the committee by 10 a.m. on Friday. The Senate Judiciary Committee does indeed have subpoena power.

"She wishes to testify, provided that we can agree on terms that are fair and which ensure her safety".

Underscoring the sensitivity of all-male GOP senators grilling a woman who's alleged abuse, Republicans are considering reaching out to female attorneys who might question Ford, according to a person familiar with the situation but who wasn't authorized to discuss it publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

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Kavanaugh, who's been eager to testify, said he was ready to appear Monday.

Ford's camp and the Democrats opposed to Kavanaugh's confirmation quickly balked, demanding an "FBI investigation" despite the Department of Justice's repeated assertion that the accusation, as it involves no potential federal crime, is not under the Bureau's general investigative jurisdiction and that their role in background investigations for nominees does not include credibility determinations.

Twelve of Prof Ford's family members have written an open letter, posted on Twitter, in which they call her "highly ethical", adding that "her honesty is above reproach".

Rather than attend parties, Ford disappeared.

In the letter Thursday, Ford's attorneys wrote that it "is not possible" for Ford to testify on Monday. But when word leaked out that Feinstein had some information about an allegation regarding Kavanaugh, Ford detailed the incident in an interview with the Washington Post published online September 16.

Ford's lawyers' email appears to drop this demand for an FBI investigation after Ford's lead attorney, Democratic donor Debroah Katz, claimed Tuesday that her client would not testify without such an investigation.

A senior White House official said Kavanaugh and his wife also have received threats. Trump refrained from tweeting about his nominee. The Republicans have manufactured a "he said / she said" standoff and are using their own handiwork to make good on a promise to stack the Supreme Court with conservative judges.

The attorney said her client would prefer to wait for the FBI to investigate the accusation before agreeing to testify.

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