#WhyIDidntReport: The hashtag supporting Christine Blasey Ford

Geneva Stokes
September 24, 2018

Lawyers for Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, say they have committed to a hearing on Thursday (Friday NZT).

The Republican majority on the judiciary committee had been arguing with Ford's lawyers about the details of Ford's appearance before the committee, such as the day of the hearing and how many cameras would be allowed into the chamber.

Christine Blasey Ford has until today at 2:30 PM Eastern time to respond to the Senate's request for an answer on whether she will testify about her experience with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

The message from Ford's lawyers did not, however, agree to a specified date and time for Ford to speak to the committee and said that "many aspects" of an earlier proposal by the committee was "fundamentally inconsistent with the Committee's promise of a fair, impartial investigation into her allegations".

Ford will testify on Wednesday or Thursday, according to United States media reports.

Grassley has been tweeting about the potential hearing regarding Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's allegations against Kavanaugh since September 19, saying that he and his colleagues wanted to hear from her and would "treat this situation with the sensitivity it deserves". And just seven weeks from an election in which Democrats are hoping to capture control of the House and maybe the Senate, her emergence has also drawn intensified attention to the #MeToo movement's focus on sexual abuse.

"We have to fight for him, not anxious about the other side", he said.

Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge, has denied the allegations and said he would be willing to testify.

Approval of Kavanaugh would cement conservative control of the Supreme Court and advance a White House effort to tilt the American judiciary farther to the right.

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On Friday, Mr Grassley had rejected concessions Ms Ford wanted if she is tell her story publicly before the committee. "I have Republican senators who have reached out to Democratic senators and assured them that they are looking to this as kind of a determination to how their final vote will be cast".

Republicans on the committee and Ford's lawyers had disagreed on numerous counts.

It will not include other witnesses nor has it been decided whether staff attorneys or senators will ask the questions.

Ford's request for security comes after her lawyers said she has relocated her family due to death threats.

"I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr Ford was as bad as she says", Trump wrote, "charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents". Mike Lee of Utah, a committee member, tweeted that Ford "agreed to nothing".

The hearing will likely push the vote to confirm Kavanaugh back to October.

Ford and the Senate Judiciary Committee have reached agreement for a public hearing Thursday, but critical details are still unresolved.

Besides Kavanaugh, three people identified as having been at the 1982 party have told the committee they have no recollection of being there, including Judge, according to media reports. The Washington Post reported late Saturday that Keyser said in an interview that she was close friends with Ford and believed Ford's allegation.

As revealed by both the Washington Post and the New York Times, Ford originally sent a letter to her Representative, Anna Eshoo.

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