The Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee is setting a deadline for the Ford and her attorney….
We’ll see how this plays….
Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley will hold a committee vote on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court if he cannot work out the details of an appearance before the panel next week by Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault.
The Iowa Republican said if he doesn’t hear back by 10 p.m. on Friday evening or Ford decides not to appear, the committee will vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination on Monday. If he and Ford’s attorney can agree to hear her testimony next week, Grassley will postpone the Monday vote.
“We cannot continue to delay,” Grassley said. He and other Republicans want Ford to appear on Wednesday, though Ford has requested Thursday,
Top committee Democrat Dianne Feinstein of California said she is “shocked and appalled” at Grassley’s hardball tactics.
“Bullying a survivor of attempted rape in order to confirm a nominee — particularly at a time when she’s receiving death threats — is an extreme abuse of power,” she said.
After holding a conference call on Friday morning, the committee’s Republicans accepted some of Ford’s requests, such as allowing one camera in the room, making sure Kavanaugh and Ford aren’t in the same hearing room at the same time and giving Ford breaks during testimony as well as security from the U.S. Capitol Police….
Brand new letter from Ford’s lawyer: “The 10:00 p.m. deadline is arbitrary. Its sole purpose is to bully Dr. Ford and deprive her of the ability to make a considered decision… Our modest request is that she be given an additional day to make her decision.”