Published: Sat, September 22, 2018

Christine Blasey Fords testimony sure to be a ‘circus’

Christine Blasey Fords testimony sure to be a ‘circus’

Jettisoning the relative restraint he's shown on the subject the past several days, POTUS's tweets follow previous night's Vegas rally interview with Fox News's Sean Hannity in which Trump attacked Ford herself for not coming forward with her allegation 36 years ago.

Among the terms were that Kavanaugh must be questioned first and that Kavanaugh can not be in the room when Ford testifies, two sources told Politico. But that served to galvanize GOP lawmakers around Kavanaugh, who vehemently denies Ford's allegations, all but ensuring his likely confirmation.

The woman's attorneys called the date set by Republicans "arbitrary", according to multiple USA news reports.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a New York Democrat, said at the event: "Someone who is lying does not ask the FBI to investigate their claims".

What are Ford's lawyers saying?

"Chrissy is not someone who chooses to be in the spotlight", the letter said. She says she needs time to secure her home and family.

"When I hear the take it or leave it proposals that the Senate Republicans are putting forward, it seems to me that they think that the answer here, no matter what Dr. Ford says and no matter what an FBI investigation might reflects, they have no intention of it affecting their vote".

"There are multiple witnesses whose names have appeared publicly and should be included in any proceeding".

"The rush to a hearing is unnecessary, and contrary to the committee discovering the truth", Banks said.

Why did the Senate set a deadline?

Committee chairman Chuck Grassley had called for written testimony by this Friday from Prof Ford and scheduled a hearing on the matter for Monday.

Just 9 percent of Democrats support Kavanaugh's confirmation, compared with 70 percent of Republicans.

That is what happened in 1991 when an attorney named Anita Hill brought allegations about sexual harassment against her former colleague Clarence Thomas, who was under consideration for a seat on the Supreme Court.

Or as a Justice Department statement phrased it earlier this week: "The FBI does not make any judgment about the credibility or significance of any allegation".

Debra Katz, the lawyer, wrote that she wished to "discuss the conditions under which [Prof Ford] would be prepared to testify next week". A friend told the San Jose Mercury News that Ford told her about the allegations late past year.

Mr Trump questioned why law enforcement was not called at the time of the alleged assault, in 1982, if it was "as bad as she says". The Republican-led Judiciary Committee is using Judge as a ghost witness to influence public opinion against Dr Ford.

What is the allegation against the judge?

Professor Ford alleges that Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a high school party 36 years ago but has not provided details as to what year or even where the party occurred. She said Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed and groped her, putting his hand over her mouth when she tried to scream, before she managed to escape. "Why couldn't she remember where it was or when it happened?" said Marketto, who acknowledged she, too, had waited decades before reporting her alleged abuse.

What are Trump and other Republicans saying?

"Judge Kavanaugh has not asked to have the FBI investigate these claims".

U.S. President Donald Trump gave a full-throated endorsement to his embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Thursday and tip-toed carefully around the sexual assault accusations that are facing him.

Susan Collins of ME and Jeff Flake of Arizona - said that unless Ford testified Monday they would move on to Kavanagh's vote.

The US president previously toed the Republican Party line in standing by Judge Brett Kavanaugh while also insisting that the accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, be given a respectful, fair hearing.

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