Ka­vanaugh ac­cuser agrees to tes­tify

China Daily (Latin America Weekly) - - World - AFP— AP

WASH­ING­TON — The woman whose sex­ual as­sault al­le­ga­tion threat­ens to bring down US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s Supreme Court nom­i­nee has agreed to tes­tify in the Se­nate, her lawyers said on Satur­day, set­ting up a dra­matic show­down next week.

Chris­tine Blasey Ford’s de­ci­sion fol­lowed days of ne­go­ti­a­tions and came after Trump turned against her and said her ac­cu­sa­tion could not be true.

After the Se­nate Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee re­ceived a mes­sage from Ford’s lawyers, sev­eral mem­bers con­firmed she had ac­cepted their com­mit­tee’s re­quest to tes­tify.

“Doc­tor Blasey Ford will tes­tify next week. She has shown tremen­dous courage in the face of death threats and ha­rass­ment and de­serves re­spect as fi­nal de­tails for the hear­ing are worked out,” Demo­cratic Sen­a­tor Dianne Fe­in­stein tweeted.

Hours later, mul­ti­ple me­dia out­lets in­clud­ing Politico and The Daily Beast re­ported the hear­ing would take place on Thurs­day, cit­ing sources fa­mil­iar with a phone call be­tween the com­mit­tee and Ford’s lawyers.

The com­mit­tee’s Repub­li­can leader Chuck Grass­ley had wanted the hear­ing to take place on Wed­nes­day, but Ford asked that it be held on Thurs­day at the ear­li­est and to be able to call as a wit­ness a man she says was present dur­ing the as­sault.

The ten­ta­tive deal capped a day of fre­netic de­vel­op­ments, with time run­ning out for Trump to get his hand­picked con­ser­va­tive judge con­firmed — thereby tilt­ing the Supreme Court firmly to the right for years to come — be­fore Novem­ber elec­tions when Repub­li­cans risk los­ing con­trol of Congress.

Ford al­leges that Ka­vanaugh drunk­enly as­saulted her at a party when he was 17, she was 15 and they were at­tend­ing pri­vate schools out­side Wash­ing­ton in the 1980s.

Ka­vanaugh de­nies knowl­edge of any such as­sault and wants to give his side of the story to the com­mit­tee. The White House later also pushed back on Ford’s claims.

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