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  • Christine Blasey Ford has accepted the Senate Judiciary
    Committee’s request to testify against Supreme Court nominee
    Brett Kavanaugh.
  • Ford alleges that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a high
    school party in the 1980s. Kavanaugh denies the accusation.
  • In a letter to the committee’s counsel, Ford’s lawyers wrote
    that the committee’s proposal was “fundamentally inconsistent”
    with its promise of a fair and impartial investigation.
  • They also said they were “disappointed with the leaks and the
    bullying that have tainted the process,” but that they hope to
    reach agreement on the details of Ford’s testimony.

Lawyers representing Christine Blasey Ford say she has accepted
the Senate Judiciary Committee’s request to testify about her
allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, The
Washington Post reported.

In a letter to the committee’s counsel, Ford’s lawyers wrote,
“Although many aspects of the proposal you provided via email …
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, we are hopeful that we can reach agreement on
details.”

They then asked if they could set up a call with the committee to
negotiate over other specifics of Ford’s testimony.

The decision comes after days of back and forth between Ford and
Republicans on the committee over the date and terms of her
testimony.

Ford has accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her during a
high school party in the 1980s. Kavanaugh denies it. Ford’s
attorneys have also asked that the FBI investigate, but President
Donald Trump has resisted the request. He said the FBI is not
interested in investigating Ford’s allegations, even though the
FBI routinely conducts background checks on presidential
nominees.

Committee chairman Chuck Grassley proposed a Wednesday
hearing, during which Ford can speak to senators on the committee
and Kavanaugh can formally respond. The lawmakers initially
floated a Monday hearing, but Ford’s attorneys pushed
back.

In a letter to the committee cited
by CNN
 on Friday night, Ford’s lawyer, Debra
Katz, scolded the committee for taking what she called a
“cavalier” attitude toward “a sexual assault survivor who has
been doing her best to cooperate with the Committee.”

Grassley granted Ford’s legal team’s request for more time to
decide, and then fumed about it in a series of tweets late Friday
night. He initially gave Ford’s attorneys until Friday at 10 p.m.
ET to respond to a request to have Ford testify to lawmakers.
Ford’s attorney said, “our modest request is that she be given an
additional day to make decision.”

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