Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley told the lawyers of Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Judge Brett Kavanaugh of high school-era sexual assault, if she wants to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee she must have prepared testimony submitted by Friday morning.
“I remind you that, consistent with Committee rules, Dr. Ford’s prepared testimony and biography are due to the Committee by 10:00 a.m. on Friday, September 21, if she intends to testify on Monday,” Grassley said Wednesday in a letter to Ford’s lawyers.
JUST IN: Chairman Grassley in letter to Dr. Ford’s attorneys: “You have stated repeatedly that Dr. Ford wants to tell her story. I sincerely hope that Dr. Ford will accept my invitation to do so, either privately or publicly, on Monday.” pic.twitter.com/OZ7Fo4JpKy
— NBC News (@NBCNews) September 19, 2018
In the letter Grassley also said he is focused on “doing everything” to make sure Ford is “comfortable” with appearing before the committee Monday. (RELATED: Chairman Grassley Declines Dr. Ford’s Call For FBI Investigation)
Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins said she hopes Ford will testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, citing options of giving her account publicly or privately.
“I hope that Dr. Ford will reconsider and testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday. It is my understanding that the Committee has offered to hold either a public or a private session, whichever would make her more comfortable,” Collins said in a Wednesday tweet.
Ford previously asked for the FBI to investigate her allegations before agreeing to testify.
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