Kavanaugh accuser’s attorney says she will testify; doesn’t commit to Wednesday
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser has accepted the Judiciary Committee’s invitation to testify next week, according to several news outlets.
But the details of Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony have not yet been reached, such as what day the showdown will take place.
Ms. Blasey Ford came forward last weekend, accusing Judge Kavanaugh of forcing himself on her when the two were in high school roughly 35 years ago. She originally said she would sit down with lawmakers to tell her story but later demurred.
The committee held off a vote on Judge Kavanaugh in order to accommodate Ms. Blasey Ford’s testimony, but her lawyers have demanded the GOP have the FBI first investigate her allegation, allow her to testify after Judge Kavanaugh in a different room, and give her an unlimited amount of time to make her opening statement.
They also requested the hearing to be on Thursday, while committee Republicans had offered to change the hearing date from Monday to Wednesday.
Judge Kavanaugh has also vehemently denied the accusation, and so far no corroborating witness has publicly come forward to back up Ms. Blasey Ford’s account.
In a letter Thursday to Mr. Grassley, Judge Kavanaugh said he will be at the hearing and is eager to defend his integrity.
“I continue to want a hearing as soon as possible, so that I can clear my name,” the nominee said.