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Christine Blasey Ford’s lawyers want more time to decide on Brett Kavanaugh hearing

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  • Christine Blasey Ford’s attorneys have asked for more
    time to decide whether Ford will speak to the Senate Judiciary
    Committee about her claim that Brett Kavanaugh sexually
    assaulted her in the 1980s.
  • Committee chairman Chuck Grassley initially gave them
    until 10 p.m. Friday to respond, otherwise the committee would
    move to vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme
    Court.
  • In a letter to the committee cited by CNN on Friday
    night, Ford’s lawyer, Debra Katz, rebuked 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.”
  • “Our modest request is that she be given an additional
    day to make her decision,” Katz wrote.

Christine Blasey Ford’s attorneys say they need more time to
decide whether Ford will speak to the Senate Judiciary Committee
about her claim that Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in
the 1980s.

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.”

Committee chairman Chuck Grassley initially gave Ford’s attorneys
until Friday at 10 p.m. 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.”

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.

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.

The back-and-forth has exasperated some Republicans who are eager
to confirm Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court and notch another
victory for President Donald Trump ahead of the November midterm
elections. Kavanaugh is Trump’s second nominee to the nation’s
high court.

Trump earlier this week conceded that Ford’s should have a chance
to share her story in a Senate hearing, but then appeared to
cast
doubt on her claims
Friday morning.

Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the ranking member on the
Judiciary Committee had some words for her colleagues Friday
night, accusing them of “bullying a survivor of attempted rape in
order to confirm a nominee.”

Feinstein called their actions “an abuse of power.”

“Republicans are turning a blind eye to her story. First they
announced a hearing before inviting her, now they’re ignoring her
willingness to cooperate,” Feinstein said.

“Brett Kavanaugh could serve on the court for 40 years, what’s
another 24 hours to make sure we get this right?”

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