Dr. Christine Blasey Ford may yet be willing to testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee. The clinical psychology professor has accused Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault. Kavanaugh, who denies the allegations, has agreed to speak in front of the committee.
Blasey Ford had announced her willingness to testify in open court this weekend, but recanted after threats against her family. Blasey Ford has left her home and hired personal security to protect her family.
The safety of her family is a key term for Dr. Blasey Ford. The New York Times obtained an email sent by Ford’s lawyer, Debra Katz, which states, “As you are aware, she has been receiving death threats, which have been reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. She wishes to testify, provided that we can agree on terms that are fair and which ensure her safety.”
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The psychology professor also wants the process slowed down. Republicans have been pushing for Blasey Ford to testify before the committee on Monday, September 24th. According to Katz that Monday date, “is not possible and the Committee’s insistence that it occur then is arbitrary in any event.”
While the email maintains that Blasey Ford would be willing to testify without a full FBI investigation, that is still her preference. Republicans have shown no interest in requesting an investigation.
Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley claimed, “Nothing the FBI or any other investigator does would have any bearing on what Dr. Ford tells the committee, so there is no reason for further delay.”
There are no indications at this time that Republicans are willing to accede to the requests put forth in the email. Katz had noted that she was hoping to set up a call later today. During the call, she would discuss the parameters of her testimony with the committee.