Published: Tue, September 25, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Brett Kavanaugh accuser offers to testify to Senate

Brett Kavanaugh accuser offers to testify to Senate

The attorney for Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual harassment, released a statement saying the Senate Judiciary Committee's desire to hold a hearing on Monday is "contrary to the Committee discovering the truth". The belief was that Ford would not meet the deadline of 10 a.m. Friday that Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, set to let the committee know whether she planned to attend to the Monday hearing.

"I think we should all be focused on why the heck does she not want to come".

Ford has said she wants the FBI to investigate her claim that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a high school party in the 1980s. "Someone who is lying does not ask the FBI to investigate her claims".

Grassley insists that's not necessary, and says he intends to move forward with or without Ford's testimony. Those demands have been backed by Democrats but dismissed by top Republicans. To make her case to the American people and convince them that she is sincere, honest and credible, Ford doesn't need the Senate.

Christine Blasey Ford publicly came forward with an allegation of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh last week, almost 30 years after the alleged attack.

The president's comments come less than a day after new accusations of assault arose against Kavanaugh, which have placed his nomination for the Supreme Court in further peril.

"She wishes to testify, provided that we can agree on terms that are fair and which ensure her safety", Katz wrote in the email, which was obtained by The Associated Press after first being reported by The New York Times. Republicans have largely stood by Kavanaugh's denials.

President Donald Trump's Republican Party has a challenge to maintain control of Congress in November's mid-term elections | AFP
President Donald Trump's Republican Party has a challenge to maintain control of Congress in November's mid-term elections | AFP

Republican leaders trying to keep GOP senators behind Kavanaugh are offering Ford a chance to describe her allegation, either in a hearing room before television cameras or in private.

On Wednesday, Mr Trump continued to support his nominee, telling reporters outside the White House: "He is such an outstanding man, [it is] very hard for me to imagine anything happened".

It is possible Ford will be open to testifying sometime next week about the allegation, though the conditions under which she would do so have not yet been determined.

In a separate letter to Democrats, Grassley wrote that committee aides were "even willing to fly to California, or anywhere else, to meet her". It also says: "Her preference continues to be" however "a full investigation prior to her testimony". The reality is that she has many options, some of which are far more risky to Republicans than what she has demanded, namely an FBI investigation.

"I know there's pent-up demand for women to get their day, women who have been sexually harassed and sexually assaulted - and I personally am very aggrieved for all of them - but we can not put decades of pent-up demand for women to feel whole on one man's shoulders", Conway said.

The Senate is narrowly controlled by Republicans, who have embraced the idea of a quick vote on Kavanaugh's nomination if Ford does not to testify.

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