Court nominee Kavanaugh's accuser agrees to testify 'with conditions'

Frederick Owens
September 23, 2018

And a USA TODAY/Ipsos Public Affairs poll released this week found that 40 percent of Americans don't want Kavanaugh to be confirmed, compared to 31 percent who do - numbers USA Today characterizes as "an unprecedented level of disapproval for a nominee to the nation's high court".

Attorneys for Christine Blasey Ford asked the Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday night for an additional day to make her decision to testify.

"She shld decide so we can move on". Given all the time that's passed, I wondered if perhaps Ford had actually been to such a party and suffered an assault, but it was with someone else and her mind was just filling in a blank with Kavanaugh's name. You know, I'm a woman.

Ford has accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a house party in the 1980s, when they were both teenagers at Washington-area private schools. Kavanaugh has repeatedly denied the allegation. The 2:30 PM deadline was not an invitation to discuss more details, but to accept the Senate Judiciary Committee's offer.

Earlier, Trump had said Ford should be heard, even if it meant a delay in the confirmation process.

The White House is approaching Ford's potential testimony with trepidation, nervous that an emotional performance might not just damage Kavanaugh's chances but could further energize female voters to turn out against Republicans in November. I've pondered how her story could be squared with the blunt denials of Kavanaugh and Mike Judge, along with the lack of any memory of such an event by the other supposed attendees. "I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!" Of course, he also referred to Kavanaugh as "somebody very special" who "never even had a little blemish on his record".

"We know allegations of sexual assault are one of the most unreported crimes that exist", Collins said, according to the Portland Press Herald.

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Republicans will be forced to walk a careful line in questioning Ford's account without alienating women voters ahead of the elections. But comments by Gina Sosa, a former congressional candidate, have drawn the most controversy.

Ford, a research psychologist at Palo Alto University in California, agreed to testify before the panel on Thursday and continue ironing out the details Sunday.

"I think her requests have been reasonable", Durbin, a member of the committee, said on ABC's "This Week." Will Donald Trump and Senate Republicans stand with Kavanaugh, or will they pick a new nominee?

Grassley's stance reflected a desire by Trump and GOP leaders to usher Kavanaugh onto the high court by the October 1 start of its new session and before the November elections.

Ford told The Washington Post that when she was 15 and Kavanaugh was 17, he pinned her in a bed, tried to take her clothes off and held his hand over his mouth when she tried to scream.

Grassley's stance reflected a desire by Trump and GOP leaders to usher the 53-year-old Kavanaugh onto the high court by the October 1 start of its new session and before the November elections, when Democrats are mounting a robust drive to grab congressional control.

"Bullying a survivor of attempted rape in order to confirm a nominee - particularly at a time when she's receiving death threats - is an extreme abuse of power", said Sen. FiveThirtyEight points out, "Grassley and the White House have already said they are standing behind Kavanaugh".

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