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GOP says time is running out for accuser to testify - USA

GOP says time is running out for accuser to testify - USA

Christine Blasey Ford's lawyer responded to Republican calls for Ford to testify to the Senate about her claims that Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her decades ago.

In almost an hour-long telephone call in which the Judiciary Committee staff did most of the listening, Debra Katz, an attorney for Christine Blasey Ford, went through a series of concerns and preferences should she agree to appear before the committee next week.

Miranda's new comments are a significant development in what remains a largely "she said, he said" account of events between Ford and Kavanaugh.

Some Republicans have balked at requests to complete an FBI investigation - which many Democrats have called for - suggesting that a probe is meant to delay Kavanaugh's nomination past the November midterm elections.

The aide said, "We are happy to hear from her", adding the committee would work with Ford's lawyers.

"She wishes to testify, provided that we can agree on terms that are fair and which ensure her safety", attorney Debra Katz said in a statement to the Judiciary Committee. Kirsten Gillibrand defended Ford and said the Judiciary panel is being unfair to her. President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans have rejected Ford's request for an FBI investigation of her accusation, which she says should take place before she testifies.

Ford on Tuesday suggested in a letter from her legal team that she would be unwilling to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee until the FBI investigated the matter to ensure committee members are fully informed about the allegations.

The confirmation fight comes just weeks before November 6 congressional elections in which Democrats are seeking to win control of Congress from the Republicans.

Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh leaves his home Wednesday in Chevy Chase, Md. Republicans have said they will move forward with a vote on Kavanaugh if Ford does not testify.

Many wore buttons stating "I believe Dr Christine Blasey Ford". Kavanaugh has denied Ford's allegations.

Ford spoke out, writing a letter to Sen. Even if senators aren't sure what, if anything, happened between Ford and Kavanaugh, if they think the accusation is probable, or even plausible, and decide that it's too great a risk to put a maybe-sexual-assaulter on the high court, they're entitled to vote no. They also mentioned having only one camera in the room, and said Ford is opposed to being questioned by outside counsel. Will Republicans be able to confirm Kavanaugh before the midterm elections?

The chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Senator Charles E. Grassley, said through a spokesman late Thursday that he would be consulting with colleagues on how to proceed.

One of the four has yet to be publicly identified.

This is in keeping with what Carlson said - that it's on the White House to request the FBI investigation in this case.

Twelve of Ford's family members wrote an open letter, posted on Twitter by her niece, actress and singer Bridgit Mendler, calling Ford "highly ethical" and saying "her honesty is above reproach". "They have until this Friday at 10:00 a.m.to let us know whether they are coming", he said.


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