Grassley's Office: Christine Blasey Ford’s Demands in Exchange for Testimony are Non-Starters

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"She wishes to testify, provided that we can agree on terms that are fair and which ensure her safety", Katz wrote in the email, which was obtained by The Associated Press after first being reported by The New York Times. In the call, she said Ford needs time to secure her family, prepare her testimony and travel to Washington. "I look forward to the opportunity to testify before the Committee". "Since the moment I first heard this allegation, I have categorically and unequivocally denied it".

The nomination of Brett Kavanaugh has been held up while the allegations of Christine Blasey Ford are assessed. Other former classmates described Ford as "universally well-liked", "self-possessed", "cheerful, affable, funny, and super smart". He also named and posted photos of the classmate he suggested could be responsible. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., a possible 2020 presidential candidate, said Republicans were "bullying" Ford by giving her a Monday deadline to testify.

Responding to Whelan's assertion, Ford told the Washington Post, "There is zero chance that I would confuse them".

A senior White House official said Kavanaugh and his wife also had received threats.

Whelan has been involved in helping to advise Kavanaugh's confirmation effort and is close friends with both Kavanaugh and Leonard Leo, the head of the Federalist Society who has been helping to spearhead the nomination.

Another issue being discussed is Ford's request that only senators on the panel question the witnesses. In fact, as Vox noted this week, about two-thirds of rape cases and only one-third of battery or assault cases are reported to police, according to The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN).

On Thursday, 56 people were arrested while attending anti-Kavanaugh protests on Capitol Hill. "Who is not asking the FBI to investigate these claims?" The White House. Judge Kavanaugh has not asked to have the FBI investigate these claims. Is that the reaction of an innocent person?

Some of the same US senators are still on the pivotal committee, including Chairman Chuck Grassley, an 85-year-old Iowa Republican, and Senator Orrin Hatch, an 84-year-old Utah Republican.

As the week has proceeded, Republicans have seemed to regain momentum toward approving Kavanaugh though his prospects have remained uncertain.

Kavanaugh accuser willing to testify in US Senate
The president has indicated he wants Ford to testify, saying, "I really want to see her, to see what she has to say". Trump himself has already cast doubt on Blasey Ford's account, saying that Kavanaugh has not been treated fairly.

As the shots were fired in public, committee staff and Ford's lawyers privately continued their relatively mundane correspondence, lamenting the occasional missed missive. Professional investigators understand only too well the inherent unreliability of allegations raised in the manner Ford's have been raised. No decisions were reached, the aide said.

But wait. If Mark Judge's letter to the Judiciary Committee is sufficient to make its Republican members accept the contents of the letter at face value, why don't they do the same for the letter Dr Ford sent to ranking Committee member Diane Feinstein? However, Judge's testimony would allow the Committee to determine if Judge is claiming that he is certain Ford's account of events did not happen.

Ford has alleged that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her decades ago when they were high school students in suburban Maryland. Kavanaugh won't have the ability to confront his accuser; not only that, she wants to reverse the entire criminal procedure process by having the defense testify without ever hearing the actual claims against him.

Trump's tweets follow an interview he gave to Fox's Sean Hannity Thursday night in Las Vegas, where he appeared at a rally, in which the president first questioned why the Federal Bureau of Investigation hadn't been called at the time of the alleged assault (which would likely have been handled by local law enforcement).

"What is happening with the Judiciary Committee, really, I would call it a railroad job, " Senator Mazie Hirono, Democrat of Hawaii, said alongside Gillibrand on Thursday.

But it's a game for Ford's lawyers.

Protesters opposed to President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, demonstrate in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018.

"We believe that Chrissy has acted bravely by voicing her experience from the past, and we know how hard this is for her. Chrissy is not someone who chooses to be in the spotlight", the letter said.

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