Ford: I Did Not Know Senate Would Interview Me In California
Dr. Christine Blasey Ford said during her Senate testimony on Thursday that she did not know the Senate would be willing to come to California to interview her.
Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley indicated previously that he was willing to send committee staff to California to speak to Blasey Ford about her allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Grassley wrote in a letter to Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein, “I have offered her the opportunity to testify in any of four possible venues: (1) a public hearing; (2) a private hearing; (3) a public staff interview; or (4) a private staff interview. I am even willing to have my staff travel to Dr. Ford in California — or anywhere else — to obtain her testimony.”
Yet during Thursday’s hearing, Blasey Ford said she was not clear about that offer.
“Was it communicated to you by your council or someone else that the committee had asked to interview you and that they had offered to come to California to do so?” Prosecutor Rachel Mitchell asked.
Blasey Ford’s lawyer interjected, asserting that Blasey Ford could not share “privileged conversations between counsel and Dr. Ford.”
Blasey Ford eventually admitted, however, “I wasn’t clear on what the offer was.”
“If you were gonna come out to see me I would have happily hosted you and would have been happy to speak to you out there,” she said. “It wasn’t clear to me that that was the case.”