Supreme Court nominee’s accuser willing to testify ‘if terms are fair’

Supreme Court nominee’s accuser willing to testify ‘if terms are fair’

Supreme Court nominee’s accuser willing to testify ‘if terms are fair’

Kavanaugh, the conservative federal appeals court judge nominated by Trump in July for the lifetime job as a Supreme Court justice, and Christine Blasey Ford, a psychology professor at Palo Alto University in California, have been invited to testify on Monday at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

Ford now says that she does not plan to testify until the FBI investigates her allegations. Around 100 people marched to Grassley's office for a sit-in, some with fists raised.

Ford claims that the judge forced himself on her at a party more than three decades ago.

The protesters chanted, in part: "We believe Christine Ford!". He has refused to expand the witness list beyond Judge Kavanaugh and herself, or to ask for an FBI investigation of her dubious claims.

The incident allegedly happened at a gathering of teenagers at a house, when Mr Kavanaugh and a friend allegedly "corralled" her into a bedroom. "I can't say that it did or didn't".

Thursday morning, in an interview with National Public radio, Miranda admitted that although she felt "empowered" to tell her story suggesting firsthand, contemporaneous knowledge of the alleged assault, but as far as whether the alleged assault actually occurred, well, Miranda says, "That it happened or not, I have no idea".

Democrats are casting Republicans as strong-arming a wronged woman, their eyes on a #MeToo movement that has caught fire and exploded the careers of dozens of male titans. She asserted that Republicans are rushing to confirm Kavanaugh because the court's "session is going to start in October and the President wants his guy there to, he hopes, help him evade criminal or civil proceedings".

But Grassley rejected Ford's request that the FBI investigate her charges before any hearing and made clear he would not postpone the hearing past Monday.

Ford has contended that at a house party in the 1980s, a drunken Kavanaugh tried undressing her and stifling her cries on a bed before she fled. A substantial delay could push confirmation past the November elections, when Democrats have a shot at winning Senate control, plus allow more time for unforeseen problems to pop up. Despite Republican claims that investigations into these matters are the sole responsibility of the Senate, the FBI could open a more extensive investigation.

"We believe that Chrissy has acted bravely by voicing her experience from the past, and we know how hard this is for her. Chrissy is not someone who chooses to be in the spotlight", the letter said. The Senate judiciary committee hearings that featured her testimony made headlines for days.

After coming forward on Sunday against Kavanaugh, Ford indicated through her attorney on Monday that she would be willing to testify before Congress.

The senior senator for Trump's Democratic foes, Chuck Schumer, called the president's logic a "highly offensive misunderstanding of surviving trauma", while Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein said: "We must treat sexual assault survivors with respect, not bully or try to silence them".

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