WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Through Twitter, the president attacked the integrity of Christine Blasey Ford’s statements against Judge Kavanaugh for alleged sexual assault.
- Ford, 51, is willing to testify as long as fair terms are given, according to her lawyers.
- Threats have been received by both parties and a hearing set for Monday might be delayed.
President Trump took to Twitter on Friday, expressing his doubts about Christine Blasey Ford’s accusations involving Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Ford recently claimed that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a party more than thirty years ago.
On his tweet, Trump insisted that Kavanaugh is “a fine man, with an impeccable reputation, who is under assault by radical left-wing politicians who don’t want to know the answers.”
He further commented that Democrats are behind this, assaulting Kavanaugh’s character in an attempt to delay his rise to prominence as a Supreme Court judge.
The President’s tweet further reads: “I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents.”
He then challenged Ford to come forward with the filings so the details would be known.
Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway, somewhat contradicted the president’s statements shortly before Trump’s tweet went public, telling reporters at the White House that there’s no reason to attack Ford and to “let her tell her story.”
Ford, a 51-year-old research psychologist and professor in Palo Alto, California, says that Kavanaugh attempted to rape her when she was 15 years old. The incident allegedly happened at a house party in Maryland where Kavanaugh and his friends took her to a room where he “pinned her to a bed on her back and groped her over her clothes, grinding his body against hers.”
There is an ongoing dilemma about delaying a hearing on Monday for both Ford and Kavanaugh.
Kavanaugh sent a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley on Thursday, denying all allegations and expressing his eagerness to testify “as soon as possible, so that I can clear my name.”
According to the Wall Street Journal, his wife has also received threats that are being investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service.
Addressing the committee via email, Ford’s lawyer, Debra Katz wrote: “As you are aware, she’s been receiving death threats which have been reported to the FBI and she and her family have been forced out of their home… She wishes to testify, provided that we can agree on terms that are fair and which ensure her safety.”
Ford needs time to prepare and would be willing to testify on Thursday, according to her attorneys. Ford has a list of demands which include: Kavanaugh not being present at her hearing and that he should testify first; that she would not be questioned by outside counsel, only senators; and that the committee should subpoena witnesses such as Mark Judge, Kavanaugh’s friend who was present during the alleged assault.
Source: Yahoo News