It was only last Thursday when for a period of time an anonymous letter detailing an accusation of sexual misconduct against President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, became the most powerful document in the minds of Americans from one coast to the other. That letter was written by a woman whose credibility is highly questionable at best after the way her story has been falling apart all week. It was agreed by members of the Senate Judiciary committee that Christine Blasey Ford deserved to be heard. Now after successfully having the confirmation vote that would place Judge Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, this woman wants to once again cause another delay. It was just earlier this week that her attorneys claimed she was willing to do whatever it took to get her story out, but now Christine Blasey Ford is trying to put forth demands that she expects to be met if the Senate Judiciary committee want her to testify. These terms are to be met before she will even agree to sit down for a potential interview about the sexual misconduct accusations that she has made against Judge Brett Kavanaugh according to what two sources have told members of the media.
Some of the demands that Christine Blasey Ford has put forth if the Senate Judiciary committee wants her to testify in front of them include only members of the Senate Judiciary committee can question her, at the time that she takes questions from the members of the committee the accused, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, shall not be permitted in the room, and she wants Judge Brett Kavanaugh to be questioned first. That last demand carries no logic to it when one stops to consider how can someone defend themselves against an accusing testimony before that accusing testimony is given to begin with. These requests came in at the end of a day that began with her lawyers telling the committee that Christine Blasey Ford would not be able to testify at the hearing as it is currently scheduled on Monday. Despite the demands that she has put forth and expects Republicans to agree to, she would still prefer a full FBI investigation into the sexual misconduct claims she has made before she testifies in front of the Senate Judiciary committee.
A lawyer representing Christine Blasey Ford, Debra Katz sent an email to the committee informing them that her client would appear before the Senate Judiciary committee as long as senators provided terms that were fair and ensured her safety. While it remains unclear at the time of this writing whether or not Senate Republicans are willing to negotiate with the accuser Christine Blasey Ford, the very notion that they are even considering these demands should be troubling for Americans all over the nation.
Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine had suggested earlier in the week that if lawyers for both Judge Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser were the ones to ask the questions that the two would answer then it may be able to avoid a political atmosphere that would ultimately see Christine Blasey Ford questioned by a contingent that was completely made up of men.
Unlike Christine Blasey Ford who seems to enjoy playing footsie with the Senate Judiciary committee Judge Brett Kavanaugh has not made any demands for his testimony and in a letter that he sent to the committee Kavanaugh indicated that he would be ready to testify before the Senate Judiciary committee on Monday. He wrote, “”I continue to want a hearing as soon as possible, so that I can clear my name. Since the moment I first heard this allegation, I have categorically and unequivocally denied it. I remain committed to defending my integrity.”
According to Fox News earlier this week Judge Brett Kavanaugh has answered questions from members of the Judiciary committee under oath and continues to adamantly insist that there is no truth to the accusations that have been made against him. Throughout the week Republicans have released a series of tweets indicating that two other people who were allegedly at the house party where the sexual misconduct supposedly occured have also delivered statements to members of the committee.
Ever since the letter that was written by Christine Blasey Ford first came to the attention of the public Senator Diane Feinstein of California has been less popular with Senate Republicans than she normally is for failing to bring the letter to the attention of the members of the committee after she has had access to it since July.