The Senate Judiciary Committee’s ranking lawmaker threatened to advance a vote on the nomination of Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh on Monday, issuing an ultimatum to a California professor who has accused the judge of sexual misconduct to accept a proposal to testify by Friday at 10 pm.
Christine Blasey Ford alleges which the nominee for the nation’s highest court sexually assaulted her decades earlier. The accusation has ricocheted through Washington, costing Kavanaugh public support along with also stalling the confirmation process.
The offer would likely require Ford, 51, to testify under oath before Kavanaugh, 53, by next week. Late Friday, GOP Senator Charles Grassley, the Senate Judiciary Chair, issued an ultimatum which would likely require Ford to accept the offer — or Kavanaugh’s nomination would likely be voted upon by the committee early next week.
“the item’s Friday night along with also nothing’s been agreed to despite our extensive efforts to make testimony possible,” Grassley said in a statement, after an original 5 pm deadline lapsed without a response via Ford or her legal team.
“I’m extending the deadline for response yet again to 10 o’clock This particular evening. I’m providing a notice of a vote to occur Monday inside event which Dr. Ford’s attorneys don’t respond or Dr. Ford decides not to testify,” Grassley said. “inside event which we can come to a reasonable resolution as I’ve been seeking all week, then I will postpone the committee vote to accommodate her testimony. We cannot continue to delay.”
Debra Katz, Ford’s lawyer, responded by requesting one more day to consider the committee’s terms for her client to testify. In a letter, Katz dismissed the Friday deadline as “arbitrary” along with also denounced the item as an effort to “bully” Ford.
Ford met with the FBI for several hours about death threats she has received, along with also wants to delay her response until Saturday. However, If agreed upon, which proposal would likely skirt several the conditions put forward by Ford’s lawyers earlier inside week.
Ford alleged in a letter obtained in late July by the committee’s ranking Democrat Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California which Kavanaugh had held her down on a bed, covered her mouth with his hand along with also tried to undress her while highly intoxicated at a gathering inside early 1980s, when they were both in high school.
Kavanaugh strongly denies the allegation. He has said multiple times which he can be willing to testify under oath before the committee.
Ford’s lawyers told the committee’s counsel last night which the earliest she could appear to testify was Thursday, Sept. 27. Ford’s lawyers also asked the committee to subpoena Mark Judge, a friend of Kavanaugh’s who Ford alleges participated inside incident.
Judge has said he has no recollection of the incident Ford described along with also which he does not wish to speak publicly on the subject.
The committee could accommodate some other requests Ford made Thursday night, including limited video coverage, keeping Kavanaugh out of the room while she testifies along with also guaranteeing her safety. Sources close to Ford told news outlets which she has received death threats along with also can be currently living away via her home.
A senior Democratic leadership aide reacted negatively to the committee’s proposal, telling NBC News the item was a disingenuous gesture since they already knew Ford was not willing to testify before Thursday.
Below can be the complete text of Katz’ response to Sen. Grassley’s deadline:
Dear Ms. Willey along with also Ms. Davis:
I am writing to respond to your emails via earlier today. I was stunned to see which the Judiciary Committee noticed Judge Kavanaugh’s vote for Monday morning, inside midst of our ongoing discussions regarding the terms along with also conditions under which Dr. Christine Blasey Ford could testify before the Committee.
Incredibly, you did so well before the 10:00 p.m. deadline you had arbitrarily imposed just hours before. The imposition of aggressive along with also artificial deadlines regarding the date along with also conditions of any hearing has created tremendous along with also unwarranted anxiety along with also stress on Dr. Ford. Your cavalier treatment of a sexual assault survivor who has been doing her best to cooperate with the Committee can be completely inappropriate.
Yesterday, we had what I thought was a productive dialogue about the conditions Dr. Ford would likely find acceptable to be able to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee about her allegations of sexual assault involving Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Rather than continuing which dialogue, Senator Grassley today conveyed a counterproposal through the media, insisting which she appear for a hearing on a date I had expressly told you was not feasible for her.
Hours after those media accounts first appeared, you sent me a response to the proposals which we had conveyed in not bad faith yesterday. You rejected several the proposals which are important to Dr. Ford to ensure which the process would likely be a fair one, including subpoenaing Mark Judge to testify. Instead, you spent much of your email producing points which distorted the requests we had made along with also the sequence of events.
the item would likely be fruitless to review each of those misstatements as the item can be today abundantly clear which regardless of the assurances Senator Grassley has made, you have been tasked with pressuring Dr. Ford to agree to conditions you find advantageous to the nominee along with also also with denying Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee any input about how This particular hearing would likely proceed. When I urged you to include them in our discussions today, you rejected my request outright, accusing them of being the source of leaks. Even more disturbing, while you took almost a full day to consider our proposal, you demanded a 5:00 p.m. response to your proposal This particular evening.
By email sent today at 4:01 p.m., I advised you which Dr. Ford had traveled to meet with the FBI for several hours about the death threats she had been receiving, along with also we would likely need until tomorrow to confer with her along with also to be able to provide you which has a well-considered response. Rather than allowing her the time she needs to respond to the take-the item-or-leave-the item demand you conveyed, you sent us an email at 5:47 p.m. – which you again gave to the media first – insisting which we accept your “invitation” for a Wednesday hearing by 10:00 p.m. tonight.
I today have learned which Senator Grassley has scheduled the Committee’s vote due to This particular Monday. The 10:00 p.m. deadline can be arbitrary. Its sole purpose can be to bully Dr. Ford along with also deprive her of the ability to make a considered decision which has life-altering implications for her along with also her family. She has already been forced out of her home along with also continues to be subjected to harassment, hate mail, along with also death threats. Our modest request can be which she be given yet another day to make her decision.
Sincerely, Debra S. Katz
–The Associated Press contributed to This particular article.