Christine Blasey Ford Says She’ll Testify Next Week If Terms ‘Are Fair’ And Her Safety Assured

Christine Blasey Ford Says She’ll Testify Next Week If Terms ‘Are Fair’ And Her Safety Assured

The New York Times has received an email sent by Christine Blasey Ford’s attorneys to the Senate Judiciary Committee that says Ford would be willing to testify before the Senate next week about the allegations that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were both in high school.

From the Times:

In the email, obtained by The New York Times, the lawyer for Christine Blasey Ford said that testifying Monday — the timetable Republicans have set for a hearing — “is not possible and the Committee’s insistence that it occur then is arbitrary in any event.” The lawyer reiterated that it is Dr. Blasey’s “strong preference” that “a full investigation” occur before her testimony — wording that stopped short of demanding an F.B.I. probe and suggested she is open to testifying without one.

It would appear that Dr. Blasey is backing off of her demand that the FBI investigate the allegations before she agrees to testify at a Senate hearing. At the same time, she is saying that the Monday date set by the committee isn’t feasible so a new date will need to be agreed upon.

The Republican members of the committee, meanwhile, have decided to hire an outside litigator to serve as their lead questioner during a hearing featuring the professor. Although they have yet to settle on a specific attorney, it would seem almost certain that they’ll choose a woman to help battle the optics of an all-male GOP panel grilling a female over her allegations of sexual assault.

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Justin Baragona

Justin Baragona is the founder/publisher of Contemptor and a contributor to The Daily Beast. He was previously the Cable News Correspondent for Mediaite and prior to starting Contemptor, he worked on the editorial staff of PoliticusUSA. During that time, he had his work quoted by USA Today and BBC News, among others. Justin began his published career as a political writer for 411Mania. He resides in St. Louis, MO with his wife and pets.