Published: Mon, September 24, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Fresh deadline for Brett Kavanaugh accuser adds to supreme court drama

Fresh deadline for Brett Kavanaugh accuser adds to supreme court drama

The deadline for Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, the California professor who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in 1982, has been extended into Saturday, Sept. 22.

But lawyers for Christine Blasey Ford said in a letter to the committee's Republican majority that they want to continue discussing the terms of her appearance.

In a Saturday email, attorneys Katz and Lisa Banks said many aspects of the proposal made by the Senate panel "are fundamentally inconsistent with the committee's promise of a fair, impartial investigation into her allegations, and we are disappointed with the leaks and the bullying that have tainted the process".

The committee had delayed a vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation after Ford's allegations emerged last week and her lawyers were negotiating with committee staff the conditions of her testimony.

The Washington Post reports that a decision to confirm Kavanaugh "portends further damage to the already battered credibility of the Supreme Court".

She had asked for a number of preconditions, including not testifying with Mr Kavanaugh in the room and the subpoenaing of his friend, Mark Judge, who she said witnessed the alleged attempted rape.

Earlier Saturday, Vice-President Mike Pence called Kavanaugh "a man of integrity with impeccable credentials".

Trump mused to confidants that the "fake" attacks against his nominee were meant to undermine his presidency, according to a White House official and a Republican close to the White House. Will Donald Trump and Senate Republicans stand with Kavanaugh, or will they pick a new nominee?

Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin said in an interview on Sunday's This Week on ABC that some Republicans have said they will make their final determination on Kavanaugh based on the upcoming hearing.

Grassley has indicated that a vote to support Kavanaugh's nomination will happen on Monday if Ford refuses to testify. "We're not going to let her determine how many people we call" and on outside counsel.

Even one of Trump's own Republican senators, Susan Collins - who sits on the Judiciary Committee - said she was "appalled by the president's tweet".

The calendars show that Kavanaugh, then a teenager, was out of town during most of that summer at the beach or with his parents, the New York Times reported, citing someone working on his confirmation hearings. Ford's attorney said she could not be there until later in the week.

Earlier this week, Ms Ford's lawyers said that she would not appear before the Senate until the FBI had investigated the allegations.

The question of whether Ford would testify before the committee had gone unanswered for several days amid protracted back-and-forth tussling between Senate Republicans and Ford's legal team, who disagreed on the ideal timing of the hearing, as well as who should testify first and whether outside lawyers should be allowed to ask questions.

Ford, who asked that the FBI investigate the allegations, said there was alcohol at the party and that Kavanaugh and Judge were very drunk at the time.

"At this point, she's faced death threats".

Kavanaugh had seemed to gain momentum among Republican senators this week, with growing numbers saying it was approaching time to vote and those who'd voiced concern about Ford's charges stopping short of expressing opposition to Kavanaugh.

"I want to listen to her, but I'm being honest with you and everybody else".

Trump's tweets propagate the misguided notion that victims of sexual assault will typically respond by calling the police.

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