The woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a party in the early 1980s is refusing to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee about what she claims happened to her. Instead, Christine Blasey Ford, the woman has accused Kavanaugh, now says she won’t testify until law enforcement launches an investigation into her claims.
Also, Senate Judiciary Committee ranking Democrat Sen. Diane Feinstein, D-CA, has now admitted she “can’t say everything’s truthful,” with what Ford alleges. So, many people are asking what is the point of all of this if she won’t even testify and the top Democrat on the committee says she doesn’t know if the accuser is even being truthful?
Speaking to CNN on Tuesday night, Lisa Banks, Ford’s lawyer, said her client will only consider sitting down with lawmakers after law enforcement conducts a probe into her nearly 40-year-old allegations. Kavanaugh has stated he will attend the hearing on Monday to answer questions from lawmakers, and maintains that he never assaulted Ford and does not remember the party. If Ford’s allegations are accurate, many are reasonably asking why she is refusing to testify?
Banks strongly implied to CNN that unless there’s an investigation into her claims, Ford will not be testify before Congress by Monday.
“Any talk of a hearing on Monday frankly is premature because she just came forward with these allegations 48 hours ago. And since that time, she has been dealing with hate mail, harassment, death threats. So she’s been spending her time trying to figure out how to put her life back together, how to protect herself and her family. And there hasn’t been an investigation and these are serious allegations,” Banks said
“She’s not prepared to talk with them at a hearing on Monday,” Banks continued. “No investigation — any legitimate investigation is not going to happen between now and Monday. This is going to take some time and what needs to happen is there shouldn’t be a rush to a hearing here. There’s no reason to do that.”
Kavanaugh’s hearing, many would argue, has turned into a complete circus — and things continues to change with new developments.
Last week, a report was published detailing the accusations made by Ford, who alleges that she attended a party in the early 1980s. She claims Kavanaugh was also at the party, and that he pinned her down on a bed and groped her while she was wearing a bathing suit. Ford also said she believed Kavanaugh could “inadvertently kill” her, but according to many sources, that story has changed over the past week.
Soon after the report, Kavanaugh released a statement vehemently denying the accusations, saying he vaguely remembers Ford and the party.
Following that, committee Chairman Chuck Grassley invited both Ford and Kavanaugh to testify on Monday, Sept. 24, about the allegations and to tell their side of the story. Kavanaugh has accepted the invitation, but Banks’ lawyer made it clear on Wednesday that Ford would not testify on Monday.
Around the same time of Banks’s interview on CNN, Grassley announced that he would be cancelling Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing that was scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 20.
Grassley said the Senate will hold the hearing on Monday, and that he hopes Ford will appear to testify. Kavanaugh will be present at the hearing and has agreed to take questions, on the record, about the allegations.
It’s unclear what might happen next, but many argue this is nothing more than a last ditch effort from Democrats to block Kavanaugh.
Feinstein admitted that she doesn’t know how “truthful” the allegations are, and Ford is apparently demanding a full law enforcement investigation before she considers testifying about what she claims happened to her nearly 40 years ago.
If Kavanaugh testifies on Monday, and Ford does not, one could assume the Committee will move forward with voting on his confirmation. It’s shameful, many conservatives argue, that Kavanaugh is having to go through what looks like an 11th hour desperation attempt to thwart his confirmation to the High Court.