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Blasey Ford lawyer: Hearing plan doesn’t seem to offer ‘fair treatment’

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  • A lawyer representing Christine Blasey Ford, who
    is accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual
    assault, has raised concerns about the plans for the public
    hearing where Ford is expected to testify this week.
  • He said that the hiring of an “experienced sex crimes
    prosecutor” to question Ford would turn the hearing into a
    “circus” in a letter to the Senate Judiciary Chairman. Ford’s
    team has asked that senators conduct the questioning.
  • The setup, he said, “does not appear designed to
    provide Dr. Blasey Ford with fair and respectful
    treatment.”
  • “Neither Dr. Blasey Ford nor Judge Kavanaugh is on
    trial. The goal should be to develop the relevant facts,
    not try a case,” the lawyer wrote.

A lawyer representing Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Supreme
Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, said that the
plan for Thursday’s public hearing risks turning it into a trial
and “does not appear designed to provide Dr. Blasey Ford with
fair and respectful treatment.”

Michael R. Bromwich, a lawyer for Ford, made the comments in a
letter to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley,
The Hill reported.

Republican Senators reportedly hiring an “experienced sex crimes
prosecutor” in a non-criminal proceeding where Ford requested
Senators question her personally risks turning the hearing into a
“circus” with Ford on trial, Bromwhich said.

Breitbart
reported on Monday
that Grassley hired an unnamed
“female experienced sex-crimes prosecutor” to question
Ford.

Republicans have looked to avoid a situation where the
party’s male senators are seen to aggressively question
Ford. 

“This is not a criminal trial for which the involvement of an
experienced sex crimes prosecutor would be
appropriate. Neither Dr. Blasey Ford nor Judge Kavanaugh is
on trial. The goal should be to develop the relevant facts,
not try a case,” Bromwich wrote.

He said to Grassley that the using such a prosecutor is
“inconsistent with your stated wish to avoid a ‘circus’ as well
as Dr. Blasey Ford’s repeated requests through counsel that
senators conduct the questioning.”

Senator John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas,
said on Monday
that Republicans were “leaning towards” using
an outside counsel to conduct the questioning.

Ford is expected to testify in front of the Senate Judiciary
Committee on Thursday, where she will speak about her allegation
that Kavanaugh, at a high-school party in the 1980s, pinned
her to a bed, groped her, and put his hands over her mouth when
she resisted.

Kavanaugh has repeatedly denied the accusation.

Bromwich said that Grassley’s staff had not responded “to a
number of outstanding questions about the hearing,” including
what the role will be for the “experienced sex crimes prosecutor”
during the hearing.

“Please identify this person and ask your staff to send us her
resume immediately. We respectfully request to meet with her
tomorrow,” he said.

Democrats plan on asking Ford questions themselves.

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