Christine Blasey Ford to speak with Federal Bureau of Investigation about death threats

22 September, 2018, 16:59 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
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Earlier, Grassley had rejected proposals by Ford's attorneys that only senators interrogate Ford and that she testify after Kavanaugh testifies, not before. "A hearing on Monday is not possible and the committee's insistence that it occur then is arbitrary in any event".

The deadline's "sole goal is to bully Dr. Ford and deprive her of the ability to make a considered decision that has life-altering implications for her and her family", Katz wrote.

Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley welcomed Prof Ford's offer.

Ford accuses Kavanaugh of attempting to rape her at a house part in the early 1980s, when they were both high school students in suburban Maryland.

In New Hampshire, Collins said she has assembled a team of 19 attorneys to help her understand Kavanaugh's record and was about 95 percent finished with her analysis when she spoke to him by phone September 14, after the allegations against him became known but before Ford came forward publicly.

She told the Post she remembered thinking, "I'm not ever telling anyone this". "She should decide so we can move on". "In the very near future, Judge Kavanaugh will be on the United States Supreme Court".

The nomination of Brett Kavanaugh has been held up while the allegations of Christine Blasey Ford are assessed. "I remain committed to defending my integrity".

And Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), said the president should call for the FBI to investigate if he wanted to "get to the bottom" of Blasey's account. Kavanaugh is Trump's second nominee to the nation's high court.

In a letter to the committee cited by CNN on Friday night, Ford's lawyer, Debra Katz, scolded the committee for taking what she called a "cavalier" attitude toward "a sexual assault survivor who has been doing her best to cooperate with the Committee".

Speaking at the same event, Sen.

"She has been the target of vicious harassment and even death threats". She planned to meet with Federal Bureau of Investigation agents in the San Francisco area to discuss those threats, said a person close to her who would describe her plans only anonymously.

Democrats have demanded a delay in the hearing to allow time for the FBI to investigate Ford's claim.

"You demanded that Judge Kavanaugh be the first person to testify".

Christine Blasey Ford, a California professor who says Kavanaugh carried out a violent sexual assault against her when he was 17 and she was 15, insists she is ready to testify under oath before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Kavanaugh has denied the accusation.

Finally, the deadline was pushed again to 10 pm and Grassley said that if he didn't hear from Ford or if she chose not to testify, a vote would take place Monday.

This counteroffer reportedly requires Prof Ford to testify before Judge Kavanaugh, which goes against one of her conditions. Ford was later asked to submit prepared testimony and a biography before Friday if she plans to attend the hearing.

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On Thursday night, Donald Trump, who had been uncharacteristically restrained in his comments on the crisis, challenged Ford's story, during an interview with Fox News while at a rally in Las Vegas.

Collins and US Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska are particularly watched because both Republicans have long said they are in favor of abortion rights and Kavanaugh opponents fear that if he joins the court he could overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide. "That's what I call hijacking the regular committee process to accommodate political interests".


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