Skip to comments.Ford's lawyer: Hearing doesn't appear to be designed for 'fair', 'respectful' treatment
Posted on 09/24/2018 8:01:06 PM PDT by yesthatjallen
A lawyer for Christina Blasey Fordthe woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assaultraised concerns on Monday about the setup for a public hearing where Ford will testify later this week.
Michael R. Bromwich, a lawyer for Ford, said in a letter to Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, that the plan for Thursday's public hearing "does not appear designed to provide Dr. Blasey Ford with fair and respectful treatment."
The letter casts some doubt on the deal Ford's team made with Senate Judiciary leaders to appear at a hearing on Thursday.
Bromwich in the letter pointed to the hiring of "an unnamed 'experienced sex crimes prosecutor,'" warning it could help turn the Judiciary Committee hearing into a "circus."
"[It] is contrary to the Majority's repeated emphasis on the need for the Senate and this Committee's members to fulfill their constitutional obligations. It is also inconsistent with your stated wish to avoid a circus, as well as Dr. Blasey Fords repeated requests through counsel that senators conduct the questioning," Bromwich wrote.
"This is not a criminal trial for which the involvement of an experienced sex crimes prosecutor would be appropriate. Neither Dr. Blasey Ford nor Judge Kavanaugh is on trial. The goal should be to develop the relevant facts, not try a case," he continued.
He added that there was "no precedent" for the Judiciary Committee to use an outside counsel "for the sole purpose of shielding the members" from asking a witness questions when they are testifying before the committee.
Bromwich added that Grassley's staff hasn't responded "to a number of outstanding questions about the hearing," including what the role will be for the "experienced sex crimes prosecutor" during the hearing.
"Please identify this person and ask your staff to send us her resume immediately. We respectfully request to meet with her tomorrow," he added.
Republican senators have been mulling bringing in an outside counsel, potentially a woman, to question Ford and Kavanaugh during Thursday's hearing.
GOP Sen. John Cornyn (Texas) said on Monday after a meeting with Judiciary Committee Republican members that they were "leaning toward" using an outside counsel.
"I think we're leaning toward having a staff lawyer, an outside lawyer do it on our side for continuity ... rather than having 11 people for five minutes each," he told reporters.
But Ford's legal team has raised concerns during negotiations with Grassley's staff that using an outside lawyer would make the hearing too much like a trial. Democrats have said they are going to ask their own questions.
Bromwich in the letter also took aim at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who argued during a Senate floor speech that Democrats were using Ford's allegations against Kavanaugh as part of a "smear campaign."
"The Majority Leader dismissed Dr. Fords experience as a 'smear campaign,' claiming mistakenly that the witnesses statements to the Committee constitute 'a complete lack of evidence,' implying that there has been a thorough investigation," he said in the letter to Grassley.
McConnell during his Senate floor speech accused Democrats of running a "choreographed smear campaign that ignored Dr. Ford's request for confidentiality" in an attempt to hurt Kavanaugh's nomination.
"This is an allegation of misconduct which all four supposed witnesses either flatly contradict or are unable to back up. In addition to Judge Kavanaugh, the other three supposed witnesses have said they have -- quote -- no knowledge, no recollection, and no memory of the alleged incident," McConnell said.
Bromwich's letter comes after Grassley sent his own letter to Ford on Monday saying both she and Kavanaugh "deserve a credible and fair process."
"I'm writing to say that I am committed to fair and respectful treatment of you, as you've requested. I've worked to make certain the committee I chair handles all individuals involved in hearings in that manner, and you deserve the same," Grassley said.
I still think Ford will back out. Her people will release a statement saying that she refuses to be victimized all over again blah blah blah
Prep work and words leading up to Dr Ford will not come to Washington and testify UNDER OATH!.
Fair treatment is prosecuting her for the crime in progress, not giving an obvious fraud a national platform to make further false accusations in bad faith.
Raid her lawyers’ offices (thanks Mueller for the precedent) and let’s see what kind of pre-planning turns up in the documents.
In short this middle aged woman - man hater - wanted to be treated like a vulnerable teenager.
What a load of crap.
It's supposed to be impartial, confrontational, and diligent in seeking out the truth without favor. No more and no less.
If she is telling the truth it will hold up under all rigorous scrutiny. Without need for any "respect".
Dr. Limbaugh said Ford would back out. Having a female prosecutor interrogate her, instead of 12 old white guys, is NOT the optics the Lefties want.
More and more of what now appears to be an unending fall of horse apples.
This is interesting. If I ever get in a trial for a civil case or something I get to choose who the judge or prosecutor will be???? And if I don’t get my way I can just not show up???? Groovy, man.
Kavanaugh didn’t get ‘fair’ or ‘respectful’ treatment, and the Democrats were the reason.
You’re right...she is NOT going to show, or IF she does, she’ll faint or something worse, be carried out of the room and refuse to come back. This whole thing is disgusting and Kafkaesque !
The Fake Accuser is going to flake.
But it's okay to put Judge Kavanaugh through a trial, in the hearing room, and in the press.
It's just that some are more equal than others.
The lawyer is right, its not a fair hearing for Judge Kavanaugh.
Ford’s husband spills the beans on her?
Is there going to be an 'after-party' at Christine Fords father's house in Delaware where she is currently hiding ?
Do I have to Bring my own beer and what kind of party toys are needed ?
Doesn’t feel so good now that the shoe is on the other foot, does it?
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