Kavanaugh sex assault accuser commits to open hearing Thursday


The magazine says Senate Democrats, who brought to light the claims of Christine Blasey Ford against US President Donald Trump's pick for the nation's top court, are investigating an incident reported by Deborah Ramirez, 53, a former Yale student.

The tense preparations underscore the monumental stakes of public testimony from Kavanaugh and Ford, who signaled on Saturday through her lawyers that she has accepted the Judiciary Committee's request to speak about her allegation next week, though there is no final agreement and Republicans viewed the response as a delaying tactic.

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Kavanaugh is slated to testify Thursday about the first allegation of sexual assault, dating back from a high school party more than 35 years ago.

In addition, her account has been corroborated, in that she told her husband she was once abused, then later told him and their therapist the details years later, then told another different therapist about the attack a considerable amount of time after that.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh is now facing a new allegation from another woman who says he exposed himself without her consent during their college years at Yale.

"Dr. Ford believes it is important for senators to hear directly from her about the sexual assault committed against her".

In a Saturday email, attorneys Katz and Lisa Banks said many aspects of the proposal made by the Senate panel "are fundamentally inconsistent with the committee's promise of a fair, impartial investigation into her allegations, and we are disappointed with the leaks and the bullying that have tainted the process".

Judge Kavanaugh, though, denies both incidents and is set to testify about the allegation by Ms. Blasey Ford on Thursday before the Judiciary Committee.

The committee's 11 Republicans - all men - have been seeking an outside female attorney to interrogate Ms Ford. She says she is willing to testify, but she says she still wants negotiations. "I have Republican senators who have reached out to Democratic senators and assured them that they are looking to this as kind of a determination to how their final vote will be cast". The GOP is facing enormous pressure from its base of conservative leaders and voters to swiftly approve Kavanaugh, who would become the second of Trump's nominees to sit on the nation's highest court, ahead of the November 6 election.

The New Yorker claims multiple Democratic senators' offices received information about Ramirez's allegation, and senior Republican staffers learned of the allegation last week and feared it might hurt Kavanaugh's nomination. "These are serious allegations that need to be investigated".

But now? The idea that one of the "other two boys" turned out to be not only a woman, but someone Ford has known all her life is a bit much to swallow. Republicans made a counteroffer on Friday of holding the hearing on Wednesday, and having Ford testify before Kavanaugh.

Ford's lawyers say the committee has not indicated when they will respond, but said the remaining "procedural and logistical issues" will "not impede the hearing taking place".

As the Times' source acknowledged, the calendars don't actually disprove Ford, since Kavanaugh may not have added every alcohol-friendly house party he remembered attending that year. Unusual for a teenager, Judge Kavanaugh seemed to keep track of his days even during summer vacation. She also accused Kavanaugh of laughing at her in the aftermath and has said the FBI should investigate the incident.

Hirono said Ford had nothing to gain by coming forward.



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