NEW: Text of e-mail from Christine Blasey Ford’s lawyer to Senate Judiciary Committee. pic.twitter.com/UlRZVEUhxm
— Sheryl Gay Stolberg (@SherylNYT) September 20, 2018
Courtesy of NYT:
The woman who has accused Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh of sexual assault has told the Senate Judiciary Committee, in an apparent bid to jump-start negotiations, that she “would be prepared to testify next week,” so long as senators offer “terms that are fair and which ensure her safety,” according to an email her lawyers sent to committee staff members.
In the email, obtained by The New York Times, the lawyer for Christine Blasey Ford said that testifying Monday — the timetable Republicans have set for a hearing — “is not possible and the Committee’s insistence that it occur then is arbitrary in any event.” The lawyer reiterated that it is Dr. Blasey’s “strong preference” that “a full investigation” occur before her testimony — wording that stopped short of demanding an F.B.I. probe and suggested she is open to testifying without one.
In the email, addressed to top Republican and Democratic aides on the committee, the lawyer, Debra Katz, wrote that she would like to set up a call later on Thursday to “discuss the conditions” under which Dr. Blasey would be prepared to testify.
“As you are aware, she has been receiving death threats, which have been reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and she and her family have been forced out of their home,” the email said. “She wishes to testify, provided that we can agree on terms that are fair and which ensure her safety.”
So now this woman is expected to step into a hostile environment, face off with a bunch of elderly men who want to destroy her credibility so that they can stack the Supreme Court in their favor, and do all of this without evidence from an FBI investigation to back her up?
And this comes after a week of vicious attacks which forced her and her family out of their home and into hiding.
Go ahead and try to convince me that she is a political operative willing to go through all of this just to sabotage the Republicans and Donald Trump.
By the way, while this woman is negotiating for her safety and to be treated with common decency, Kavanaugh is saying that he plans to show up for the still scheduled Monday Judiciary Committee hearing so that he can get his story on the record first.
Courtesy of NBC News:
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Thursday reiterated his determination to appear at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing next week “so that I can clear my name.”
Kavanaugh’s statement came shortly after a lawyer for Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has accused him of sexual assault, said that she was prepared to testify next week but that her appearance at the Monday hearing was “not possible.”
“Thank you for the invitation to appear before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary on Monday, September 24. I will be there. I look forward to the opportunity to testify before the Committee,” Kavanaugh said. “I continue to want a hearing as soon as possible so that I can clear my name.”
That actually seems fine with Ford whose lawyers have now submitted a list of conditions they would like to see met before thier client takes the hot seat.
Courtesy of CNN:
Congressional sources said Thursday that Ford wanted assurances about her safety before agreeing to testify and a guarantee that she will never be in the same room as Kavanaugh. She wants to be questioned by senators, not an outside lawyer — possibly to avoid the impression that she is on trial.
Ford’s attorneys also suggested that Kavanaugh testify first, that they would like Mark Judge — a key witness to the alleged assault — to be subpoenaed, and that they would prefer no time limits on what is likely to be a deeply emotional opening statement.
Several of those conditions are likely to be nonstarters for the committee’s Republican majority, including the notion of compelling testimony from Judge, who has said he has no memory of the alleged incident and does not want to appear.
Multiple sources said that most of Ford’s stipulations were not red lines but an opening point for negotiations. She has apparently moved off her initial request that the FBI conduct an investigation before a hearing.
I don’t know, nothing on that list seems out of line to me.
Especially if these Republicans really want to get to the truth.
Know what I mean?