Trump attacks credibility of Kavanaugh sex accuser

Geneva Stokes
September 22, 2018

Senate Republicans are negotiating with Ford's lawyers to determine the terms under which she would be willing to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which handles Supreme Court nominations, about her allegations next week.

Minutes before a 10 p.m. deadline set by Sen.

The woman whose sexual assault allegation threatens to bring down Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee rejected an ultimatum Friday for testifying in the Senate after the United States president turned against her, claiming her accusation could not be true.

Ms. Katz has discussed Dr. Ford's allegations in numerous media interviews and said on TV Monday morning that Dr. Ford wants to share her account with the Senate Judiciary Committee. "I hope u understand", he added. "It's not my normal approach to be indecisive". Less than seven weeks before elections in which Democrats could capture congressional control, moderate female voters will be pivotal in many races and the #MeToo movement has elevated the political potency of how women alleging abuse are treated.

Christine Blasey Ford's lawyer says her client will not appear on Monday, as senators proposed, but might do so next week on "terms that are fair".

The new demand comes after nearly a full business week since first being offered the opportunity to testify in any one of a number of ways, including in open committee and behind closed doors, as to her allegation that Kavanaugh and another teenager attacked and groped her at a high school party more than 35 years ago.

Grassley turned down Ford's request that only senators, not attorneys, be allowed to ask questions.

Lawyer Debra Katz said Ms Ford (51) has received death threats, and for safety reasons had relocated her family. Republican Senator Susan Collins of ME, who hasn't declared support for Kavanaugh, called the remark "appalling".

In July, Ford sent a letter to the ranking member of the Judiciary Committee, Sen.

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While Iowa Republican Chuck Grassley has pledged to move to voting unless the accuser Dr. Christine Blasey Ford agrees to testify on Monday, Collins said that "if Professor Ford says she is not ready on Monday then to me we should say fine Wednesday or Thursday". Robert Byrd, D-N.C., said when new evidence arose about a Supreme Court nominee he had previously supported, "No individual has a particular right to a Supreme Court seat.If we are going to give the benefit of the doubt, let us give it to the court".

Republicans felt they were starting to gain momentum in the public relations battle over the handling of a sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

The party has agreed to limiting the hearing to one camera as requested by Ford and to not having Kavanaugh in the same room as her, the senator said.

Moments after Trump's tweet on Friday, CRTV correspondent Jon Miller told Cheddar that Trump is reflecting the sentiment of many Americans who "absolutely want to take these charges seriously, [but are] wondering why they weren't filed 36 years ago when this event happened".

She said Professor Ford needed time to make sure her family was secure, prepare her testimony and travel to Washington.

The attorney said her client would prefer to wait for the FBI to investigate the accusation before agreeing to testify. "We can not continue to delay".

In another tweet, Mr Trump, who was in Las Vegas for various events, wrote that Mr Kavanaugh was "under assault by radical left wing politicians who ... want to destroy and delay".

Republicans are considering bringing in an outside counsel, possibly a woman, to question Ford. The allegation has jarred Kavanaugh's prospects for winning Senate confirmation to be a justice, which until Ford's emergence last week had seemed all but certain.

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