WaTimes: Christine Blasey Ford’s lawyer said Thursday she does want to testify to the Senate next week about her allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh, as long as she is given assurances about her safety and the fairness of the proceedings.
But she said Monday won’t work for Ms. Blasey Ford due to security concerns, rejecting the day Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley has set for the showdown. Instead, she is eyeing Thursday.
“She wishes to testify, provided that we can agree on terms that are fair and which ensure her safety,” Debra Katz, Ms. Blasey Ford’s attorney wrote in an email to the committee.
Republicans continued to prepare for a hearing, with two sources saying lawmakers were eyeing asking a nonpartisan outside lawyer to conduct the questioning of Ms. Blasey Ford and Judge Kavanaugh.
That could avoid the spectacle of male senators being forced into a testy back-and-forth with the woman who says she was sexually assaulted by Judge Kavanaugh when they were both high school students.
But one senior Senate aide told The Washington Times, Ms. Blasey Ford prefers to be quizzed by the lawmakers. She also doesn’t want to testify in the same room as Judge Kavanaugh, insists that witnesses she says were present at the time of the attack be subpoenaed and also wishes to have no time limit placed on her opening statement.
“The committee doesn’t issue subpoenas in the process of considering nominations — that is a nonstarter. Other alleged witnesses have made clear they have no intention of testifying,” the senior staffer told The Times. “It only makes sense for the accused to respond to the charges so Judge Kavanaugh would surely follow Dr. Ford.”
It’s not clear whether GOP senators are receptive to her lawyers’ requests for a different date.
“We are happy that Dr. Ford’s attorneys are now engaging with the committee,” Taylor Foy, a spokesman for the committee, told The Associated Press.
The committee’s GOP staff had been trying to reach Ms. Blasey Ford and her lawyers in the days since she went public with her accusation. more here