WASHINGTON, Sept 20 – A lawyer for the girl accusing Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s U.S. Supreme Court docket nominee, of sexual assault advised a Senate panel the professor can be keen to testify subsequent week if it gives “phrases which are truthful and which guarantee her security,” an e mail obtained by U.S. media on Thursday confirmed.
Christine Blasey Ford, a psychology professor at Palo Alto College in California, has been given a Friday deadline to resolve whether or not to testify earlier than the Judiciary Committee, however Republican lawmakers and the accuser remained locked in a high-stakes standoff over whether or not she is going to seem.
The e-mail from Ford’s lawyer, Debra Katz, was reported on by the New York Occasions, Washington Submit and CNN.
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“As you conscious, she’s been receiving demise threats which have been reported to the FBI and she or he and her household have been pressured out of their dwelling,” Katz wrote to the committee workers, in line with the Washington Submit. “She needs to testify, offered that we are able to agree on phrases which are truthful and which guarantee her security.”
“A listening to on Monday shouldn’t be doable and the committee’s insistence that it happen then is unfair in any occasion,” in line with the e-mail.
Kavanaugh, the conservative federal appeals court docket decide nominated by Trump in July for the lifetime job as a Supreme Court docket justice, additionally has been invited to testify on Monday.
Chuck Grassley, the committee’s Republican chairman, on Wednesday despatched a letter to Ford’s legal professionals giving her till 10 a.m. (1400 GMT) on Friday to submit ready testimony if she supposed to indicate up on Monday.
A gaggle of about 40 protesters, most of them girls, clogged the foyer of Grassley’s Senate workplace on Thursday. Many wore buttons with the phrases “I consider Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.”
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They requested to talk to Grassley and had been advised the senator is in Iowa, in line with Marcie Wells of Las Vegas, a member of the Girls’s March group that has been outspoken in opposition to Kavanaugh’s nomination.
Ford has stated Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982 when each had been highschool college students in Maryland, an allegation Kavanaugh has known as “utterly false.”
Her legal professionals stated on Tuesday she would testify earlier than the committee provided that the FBI first investigated her allegation. The FBI has stated it isn’t investigating, a call backed by Republicans.
The affirmation combat has unfolded simply weeks earlier than Nov. 6 congressional elections through which Democrats are in search of to take management of Congress from the Republicans. Kavanaugh’s affirmation would solidify conservative management of the Supreme Court docket and additional Trump’s purpose of shifting the excessive court docket and the broader federal judiciary to the correct.
Trump’s fellow Republicans seem like relying on her failure to rapidly comply with testify on Monday as a lift for Kavanaugh’s affirmation probabilities. The Senate is narrowly managed by Republicans, who’ve embraced the concept of a fast vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination if Ford does to not testify.
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Ford got here ahead with the allegation in an interview revealed within the Washington Submit final Sunday. She accused Kavanaugh of attacking her and making an attempt to take away her clothes whereas he was drunk at a celebration when he was 17 years previous and she or he was 15.
Democrats, who opposed Kavanaugh’s affirmation even earlier than Ford’s allegation surfaced, pressed forward with calls for for an FBI investigation.
“For this to be a good, deliberate and open course of, we have to let the FBI do its job and permit brokers to conduct a full investigation of the allegations bravely introduced ahead by Dr. Ford,” Democratic Senator Chris Coons wrote on Twitter on Thursday.
— Reporting by Lawrence Hurley, Richard Cowan and Susan Heavey; Modifying by Will Dunham