The attorney for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s sexual misconduct accuser is casting doubt about whether she will appear before the Senate after agreeing to a Thursday hearing.
“In new letter from Dr Ford’s Attorney to the Judiciary Committee, they again object to having outside counsel ask the questions for republicans at Thursday’s hearing, and ask for the name and resume of who that person will be,” reported Frank Thorpe. “This does not appear to be a done deal.”
In new letter from Dr Ford’s Attorney to the Judiciary Committee, they again object to having outside counsel ask the questions for republicans at Thursday’s hearing, and ask for the name and resume of who that person will be.
This does not appear to be a done deal. pic.twitter.com/MwggIeBGbs
— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) September 25, 2018
“The refusal of the White House to request that the FBI reopen Judge Kavanaugh’s background check precluded a thorough non-partisan investigation of this matter,” wrote attorney Michael R. Bromwich said in a letter to Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), who heads the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“And the hearing that [Chief Counsel for Nominations] Mr. Davis described does not appear designed to provide Dr. Blasey Ford with fair and respectful treatment,” the letter continued.
The trepidation expressed by Bromwich has speculation swirling about whether Ford will show up for the hearing on Thursday.
“In our view, hiring an unnamed ‘experienced sex crimes prosecutor,’ as Mr. Davis described in his email is contrary to the Majority’s repeated emphasis on the need for the Senate and this Committee’s members to fulfill their constitutional obligations,” the letter said.
In other words, Ford wants a hearing, but she does not want to be questioned by a prosecutor with expertise in sex crimes.
But after ignoring the Senate’s request to appear before the Judiciary Committee for nearly three days last week, missing two deadlines to set a hearing date- one on Friday, and the other on Saturday – and still receiving a hearing before the Senate votes on Kavanaugh, Ford might be out of bargaining power.
Monday night, Kavanaugh again categorically denied the allegations made against him in an interview with Fox News’ Martha McCallum.
“I want an opportunity, a fair process – America is about fairness – I want a fair process where I can defend my integrity and clear my name as quickly as I can, in whatever forum the Senate deems appropriate,” he said.
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