Trump's change of strategy comes as Ford's reps have begun to negotiate terms of her appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
'I will be there, ' Kavanaugh wrote. 'I continue to want a hearing as soon as possible, so that I can clear my name'. Kavanaugh, now a judge on the powerful US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, has repeatedly denied her allegation. 'I remain committed to defending my integrity'.
Capitol Police arrested 56 protesters Thursday who flooded Senate office buildings to voice opposition to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and express support for his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford. Ford's attorneys raised the possibility of subpoenaing several witnesses including Mark Judge, who she says egged Kavanaugh on during the assault.
Blasey Ford has been reluctant to testify since she came forward on Sunday with her bombshell allegation, which threatened to derail the nomination of Kavanaugh, who would deliver a momentous conservative shift to the powerful high court.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, declined an earlier request by Ford to have the FBI investigate her allegation against Kavanaugh.The FBI has included the allegation in Kavanaugh's background file, and is not opening any additional probe at this time, although the president could theoretically direct the FBI to undertake a further review. They also mentioned having only one camera in the room, and said Ford is opposed to being questioned by outside counsel. Judge has told the committee he does not recall the incident and does not want to speak publicly.
What are Ford's terms for testifying before the Judiciary Committee?
Thursday's development came on the eve of a Republican-set deadline for Prof Ford to decide whether she would give evidence.
"All I remember is after my junior year thinking, 'Where's Chrissy Blasey?'" the source told the Times. On Wednesday, Sen. Mazie Hirono, a Hawaii Democrat, said Grassley's assertions that committee Republicans had done everything to contact Ford's legal team was "bull--".
But it's a game for Ford's lawyers.
Attorney Debra Katz said anew that Ford, 51, a psychology professor in California, has received death threats and for safety reasons has relocated her family.
Should Ford testify, especially in public, it would pit the words of two distinguished professionals against each other as television close-ups capture every emotion. Assessing them would be not just the committee's 21 senators -only four of whom are women, all Democrats - but also millions of viewing voters. Ford, whose identity was unknown until Sunday, had sent a letter to Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein in July.
Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh holds a copy of the Constitution as he testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the third day of his Supreme Court confirmation hearing on, Sept, 6, 2018 in Washington.
"To take a man like this and besmirch", Trump said to Fox News personality Sean Hannity of the allegations that have rocked his second Supreme Court pick.
At a Las Vegas rally Thursday night, Trump continued to maintain a neutral stance on Ford's claims, telling a crowd of supporters 'We gotta let it play out'.
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