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Ford is obligated to testify; lawyers request Thursday to hear
A lawyer for Kavanaugh’s Prosecutor reported offers letter to Senate Judiciary Committee; Garrett Tenney.
A preliminary agreement for a Thursday a hearing with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey has reached the Ford, a source with knowledge of the discussions told Fox News.
This comes as Ford earlier on Saturday said she would accept to discuss the Senate judiciary Committee the request of, an alleged sexual assault by Kavanaugh, although the conditions could of the statements which remained unclear as of early evening.
In a letter to the Committee, Ford’s lawyers said that she “accepted” the request to “her first-hand knowledge of Brett Kavanaugh’s sexual misconduct next week,” to say after the Republicans on the Committee 2:30 PM appointment for you, whether or not you would do that. Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, had said a vote would proceed, in the absence of a response from the Ford team that the cutoff time.
It was not clear, however, the conditions under which Ford would agree to tell their side of the story, something that is a subject of debate between the Ford team and Committee Republicans. In the letter, Ford’s lawyers said: “many aspects of the proposal, you provided … are fundamentally incompatible with the Committee promise a fair, impartial investigation of their allegations,” but expressed hope that an agreement would be reached.
Fox News was told that Debra Katz, one of the lawyers representing Ford, requested that a hearing be set for Thursday — a request from the Republicans on the Committee had initially rejected, instead of offering on Wednesday.
White house responds to Ford to testify consent
Grassley did not immediately respond to the letter, but a ” senior White House official told Fox News that it represents a request to the continuation of the negotiations without any firm commitment.
“It is a clever way to push off the vote Monday, to show up without something, Wednesday,” the official said.
White House spokeswoman Kerri Kupec later, in a separate statement, noting that Kavanaugh has denied the accusation, “and is eager to testify publicly to defend his integrity and his good name.”
“On Monday, Brett Kavanaugh advises to answer questions, met with the Committee to testify on the subject of criminal sanctions, and offered to the public on Tuesday morning,” continued the statement. “Since then, we have heard, on various dates, the conditions and the constantly changing schedules, but today we seem closer to a fair hearing.
Worth noting that this is exactly where we were on Monday morning without agreement on a date, the time and the conditions that we are not closer to the hear of Dr. Ford, then, we as their lawyers, were Dr. Ford was willing to testify, during their media tour
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Senator Hatch Office (@senorrinhatch) September 22, 2018
“But one thing remained constant: Brett Kavanaugh is still willing to testify, ready and eager, as soon as possible.”
Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, who sits on the Committee, tweeted that “Dr. Ford said closer to the hear of Dr. Ford, as we were, as your counsel, was prepared to testify that during their media tour in 6 days.”
Ford claims that Kavanaugh attacked her during a house party in high school in the 1980s. Kavanaugh has repeated the claim denied. Democrats have called for the vote on his confirmation to the nation’s highest court delayed until a full FBI investigation, something that Republicans have rejected as unnecessary.
DEMOCRATS FLOAT KAVANAUGH INVESTIGATION, PROSECUTION, EVEN IF HE IS CONFIRMED
Republicans accused the Democrats sit on the doctor’s statement, during the hearings, and seek to delay the vote until after the midterm elections in November. You say, you have a number of requirements of Ford have accepted for her testimony, but pointed others, calling them “nonsensical.”
Sen., Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said in a statement that he supports the “stand bravery against the arbitrary, unjust, irrational restrictions by Chairman Grassley.”
Bravo, Dr. Ford. It is even more courageous, you come to the front of the given kangaroo listen with investigation blocked #Republicans. pic.twitter.com/8D2s2qdxa0
— Sheldon Whitehouse (@SenWhitehouse) September 22, 2018
“I remain deeply disturbed by the behavior of my colleagues in the last week, and I am determined to ensure that Dr. Ford and safety is made a top priority,” he said.
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Dr. I., said Ford had shown “impressive courage” in their willingness to come to the front of the respect of fundamental due process “despite Republicans’ amazing miss by the completion of the background investigation.”
Dr. Ford has to witness the courageous decision to share your experience, sexually abused, by judge Kavanaugh. I hope Senate Republicans will now vote to hear and treat them fairly and with respect. PM https://t.co/VowqVPSTzl
— Senator Patty Murray (@Patty Murray) September 22, 2018
“Also in the realization of Dr. Blasey Ford s request for a few additional days, Chairman Grassley refused to provide many of their reasonable requests, to have a fair process,” his statement said. “Next week’s hearing is, how you are drawn to currently considered a kangaroo court, because the Republicans have done everything in their power to prevent the consideration of outside information, whether matching or exculpatory. The Republicans should be wanting to respect Dr. Blasey Ford, as they should be for the needs of all victims of sexual assault to respect.”
Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., similarly, Ford praised to testify for their “courageous decision.”
“Dr. Ford has tweeted to witness the courageous decision and share your experience of sexually abused, by judge Kavanaugh,” she said. “I hope the Senate will hear the Republicans now have the votes and will treat you fairly and with respect.”
Fox News’ Mike Emanuel, Chad Pergram, Matt Leach and Elizabeth contributed Zwirz to this report.
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