Lawyers for Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser, are reportedly saying their client would be willing to testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee without an additional FBI investigation, which they previously requested, and instead have offered new terms for a potential hearing.
After Ford’s attorneys’ request for an FBI investigation into Kavanaugh caused a flurry of confusion and debate over the FBI’s role in such an allegation, lawyer Debra Katz sent a letter to the committee Thursday issuing new demands, according to The New York Times.
Here are a few of the reported terms, in brief, floating around based on those familiar with the matter as well as TheNYT’s article that obtained the email from Ford’s lawyers to the Senate Judiciary Committee:
- Ford’s safety must be ensured, something both Democrats and Republicans have agreed on.
- Kavanaugh cannot be in the room during her testimony.
- Kavanaugh must testify first.
- Ford’s team would like no questions to come from an outside counsel, only committee members.
- Ford’s lawyers asked again for the committee to subpoena more witnesses, including Mark Judge, a friend of Kavanaugh’s who Ford said was in the room at the time of the alleged assault.
- Ford is not ready to testify Monday, but raised Thursday as a possible option.
- Ford’s “strong preference” continues to be that the committee allows for a full investigation before the testimony.
The email sent off a chain of actions Thursday between Ford’s lawyers and committee members, and the discussions and negotiations have remained “cordial” so far, TheNYT report claims.
It is unclear at this point which terms, if any, will be accepted, so Kavanaugh’s confirmation continues to remain in limbo as lawmakers hash out this rather unique situation. (RELATED: Kavanaugh’s Confirmation In Limbo For The Foreseeable Future)
Kavanaugh, on the other hand, has remained steadfast in his denial of any allegations, and eagerly awaits a trial “as soon as possible, so that I can clear my name,” he said in a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
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