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Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee next week.
Ford’s lawyers, Debra Katz and Lisa Banks, informed the Senate Judiciary Committee of her decision Saturday afternoon just prior to the 2:30 p.m. deadline set by Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).
“Dr. Ford accepts the Committee’s request to provide her first-hand knowledge of Brett Kavanaugh’s sexual misconduct next week,” the attorneys said.
“Although many of the aspects you provided via email…are fundamentally inconsistent with the Committee’s promise of a fair, impartial investigation into her allegations, and we are disappointed with the leaks and the bullying that have tainted the process, we are hopeful that we can reach agreement on details,” they went on to say.
The letter did not spell out the conditions Ford will agree to testify under, such as when and where.
Ford’s agreement comes one day after Grassley again extended the deadline he gave Ford to decide whether or not she would testify to his committee and explain her allegations in detail.
The development comes after Ford’s attorneys signaled at the beginning of the week that she was willing to testify before the committee. However, it later appeared that she might not when her attorneys squabbled with Grassley’s committee over details, such as when she would testify, where she would offer her testimony, who would ask her questions, and in what order she would testify. She originally demanded that Kavanaugh testify first.
“This Committee has been extremely accommodating to your client. We want to hear Dr. Ford’s testimony and are prepared to accommodate many of your demands, including further delaying a hearing that is currently scheduled for Monday. We are unwilling to accommodate your unreasonable demands. Outside counsel may not dictate the terms under which Committee business will be conducted,” the committee’s GOP majority said Friday.
Kavanaugh vehemently denies the allegations.