Skip to comments.Kavanaugh accuser seeks additional day to decide on testimony
Posted on 09/21/2018 7:12:47 PM PDT by yesthatjallen
Lawyers for Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, are asking the Judiciary Committee for an additional day to make a decision about testifying.
Debra Katz, a lawyer for Ford, sent a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee staff on Friday night calling the 10 p.m. timeline set by Chairman Chuck Grassley's (R-Iowa) staff "arbitrary" and an "aggressive and artificial" deadline.
"Its sole purpose 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. She has already been forced out of her home and continues to be subjected to harassment, hate mail, and death threats," Katz wrote.
"Our modest request is that she be given an additional day to make her decision," she continued.
The email comes after Grassley's staff said they had given Ford until 10 p.m. on Friday to reach an agreement on their offer for a public hearing next Wednesday or they would move forward with a committee vote Monday on Kavanaugh's nomination.
"Im extending the deadline for response yet again to 10 oclock this evening. Im providing a notice of a vote to occur Monday in the event that Dr. Fords attorneys dont respond or Dr. Ford decides not to testify," Grassley said earlier Friday.
He added that if they couldn't get a deal on "a reasonable resolution as Ive been seeking all week, then I will postpone the committee vote to accommodate her testimony. We cannot continue to delay.
Lawyers for Ford and staff for Grassley have been locked in negotiations over the past day.
Ford's lawyers initially proposed a public hearing on Thursday; asked the committee subpoena Mark Judge, a Kavanaugh classmate and potential witness; and that Kavanaugh testify first.
Judiciary Committee staff responded on Friday with the offer of a Wednesday hearing, that Kavanaugh testify second and rejected her request to subpoena Judge.
Committee staff did agree to limit the number of cameras and keep Kavanaugh and Ford out of the same room.
But Katz said they were "stunned" to see Grassley move forward with a committee vote while negotiations were ongoing.
"You rejected a number of the proposals that are important to Dr. Ford to ensure that the process would be a fair one, including subpoenaing Mark Judge to testify. Instead, you spent much of your email making points that distorted the requests we had made and the sequence of events," Katz said.
Ford has accused Kavanaugh of pinning her to a bed during a high school party in the early 1980s, trying to remove her clothing and covering her mouth when she tried to protest. Kavanaugh has denied the accusations.
Just say NO!
No, no, no, a thousand times, NO! Hold the vote now!
The answer is no.
You are free to take all the time you want, but we vote on Monday.
PLEASE END THIS LORD!
GFY would be the proper reply to this lawyer.
The answer is no.
10 AM, 3 PM, 5 PM, 10 PM ....
Lucy holding the football.
TAKE THE BALL CHARLIE BROWN, YOU OWN IT .... AND GO HOME TO VOTE MONDAY !
I believe she has to submit a sworn statement before she can be scheduled to testify. There’s no way in hell her lawyers are going to let her do that, so they don’t need an extra day — or even a minute — to figure that out.
If she hasnt perfected her fake but accurate story in 36 years then she will never be ready
Congrats to Justice Kavanaugh.
Now we need RBG to kick the bucket within the next 6 months.
Justice Amy Barrett is waiting!
is Grassley still awake at this hour?
Dear Jeff Flake,
please more time.
America to Ford: drop dead.
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