The attorney for Brett Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford, Debra Katz, claimed her client is willing to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee, on CNN’s “New Day” Monday, but said she has not been invited to do so yet.
“Let’s get to a question that is at the top of everyone’s mind,” host Alisyn Camerota said. “Will your client, Christine Ford, be willing to testify in public to the Judiciary Committee?”
“The answer is yes,” Katz replied. She said no one from Congress has reached out to her client yet, but says she remains willing to speak publicly before the committee.
Ford accused President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee of forcing himself on her during a party while the two were in high school and claims he groped her and attempted to forcibly take off her clothing. Kavanaugh has continually denied all of the allegations against him.
“We’ve heard from no one,” Katz continued. “No one’s asked her.” (RELATED: Kavanaugh Classmate Named In #MeToo Letter Denies Assault Allegation)
Katz said her client originally did not want to come forward and sought to remain confidential, but claimed the intense media pressure forced her to reveal her identity.
“There was a great deal of ambivalence about whether she wanted to be publicly associated with these allegations,” Katz said. “And essentially that choice was made by her to remain confidential. She asked Senator [Dianne] Feinstein to help keep her letter and her allegations confidential and Feinstein agreed to do that.”
“That decision was essentially taken away from her as those allegations were leaked and it resulted in a great deal of pressure from members of the media who knew who she was, who then started really invading her privacy — showing up at Stanford where she teaches and leaving her notes and emailing her and calling her,” she added.
Katz said her client knew what she was in for when she revealed her identity but did it anyway, to take control of the narrative before it spun out of control.
“She knew that she was going to be — her allegations were going to be outed and that, in fact is what occurred. And as a result she decided to take control of this and tell this in her own voice,” Katz concluded.
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