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Christine Blasey Ford begins testimony negotiations with Senate

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WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 06: Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the third day of his Supreme Court confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill September 6, 2018 in Washington, DC. Kavanaugh was nominated by President Donald Trump to fill the vacancy on the court left by retiring Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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  • Christine Blasey Ford told lawmakers on Thursday that
    she would be prepared to testify next week, as long as she’s
    offered “terms that are fair and which ensure her
    safety.”
  • Ford accused Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexually
    assaulting her when the two were in high school. He has denied
    the allegation.
  • Ford’s attorney said she would like to set up a call on
    Thursday with staffers to discuss the conditions under which
    Ford would testify.

Christine Blasey Ford, the psychology professor who alleges that
Judge Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when the two were in
high school, is reportedly in negotiations with the Senate
Judiciary Committee about telling them her story.

She “would be prepared to testify next week,” as long as she is
offered “terms that are fair and which ensure her safety,”
according to an email sent to the committee by her attorneys and
obtained
by The New York Times
.

In the email, Ford’s lawyer said she would like to talk with
committee staffers on Thursday about the conditions under which
Ford would testify, but said that it is not possible for Ford to
testify on Monday.

The lawyer, Debra Katz, said it is Ford’s “strong preference”
that an investigation into her allegations be conducted prior to
her testimony. Katz didn’t immediately respond to Business
Insider’s request for comment on the email.

“As you are aware, she has been receiving death threats, which
have been reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and
she and her family have been forced out of their home,” the email
said, according to the Times. “She wishes to testify, provided
that we can agree on terms that are fair and which ensure her
safety.”

Kavanaugh, who has denied the allegations, has agreed to testify.

Republicans decided on Thursday to enlist an independent attorney
with experience litigating assault cases to question Ford,
according to The Times, rather than having the 11 male
Republicans on the committee do so.

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