#WhyIDidntReport: The hashtag supporting Christine Blasey Ford

Posted September 24, 2018

With Kavanaugh's nomination hanging in the balance, and a poll showing he is the least popular supreme court nominee for more than 30 years, Trump waded into the row by impugning Ford's credibility.

"I have no knowledge of the party in question; nor do I have any knowledge of the allegations of improper conduct she has leveled against Brett Kavanaugh", his lawyer wrote in a letter, which also included a ringing endorsement of Kavanaugh's nomination.

Earlier Sunday, Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said lawyers for Ford are contesting two GOP conditions of the proposed Thursday hearing - that Ford and Kavanaugh will be the only witnesses and that an independent counsel will ask the questions.

He tweeted on Friday: "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".

The committee had given Ford, a California professor, until 2:30pm (1830 GMT) Saturday to decide on whether to appear, after she rejected a Friday evening deadline imposed by the committee's Republican leader, Chuck Grassley.

The lawyers said they were "hopeful that we can reach agreement on details" of Ms Ford's appearance.

Attorneys for Blasey Ford reached an agreement with committee staff on Sunday after days of negotiations over the conditions and details of her appearance.

Graham also feels that Ford is simply being "used" by Democrats, claiming they have an "agenda" against Kavanaugh.

In an email to judiciary committee staff, Ford's lawyer Debra Katz called the deadline "aggressive and artificial".

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In a letter Thursday to Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Kavanaugh wrote, "Since the moment I first heard this allegation, I have categorically and unequivocally denied it".

As Republicans considered their next move in private talks, they also made it clear they viewed Ford's offer as a way to delay voting on President Donald Trump's pick for the court.

For their part, Democrats say Republicans are mounting an unseemly rush to get Kavanaugh into the nine-member Supreme Court while they still control the legislature. "And by the way, women are for that more than anyone would understand".

Kavanaugh, 53, has denied Blasey's allegation and will be given the chance to respond to her testimony.

The Senate panel must approve Kavanaugh's confirmation before a vote by the full Senate, where Republicans hold a 51-49 majority. On the same day that President George W. Bush received this request, White House Counsel C. Boyden Gray directed the FBI to investigate.

Trump's searing reproach defied the Senate Republican strategy, and the advice of White House aides, of not disparaging Ford while firmly defending his nominee and the tight timetable for confirming him.

'We were told no decision has been made on this important issue, even though various senators have been dismissive of her account and should have to shoulder their responsibility to ask her questions, ' the attorneys said.

As the back-and-forth continued late Friday and into Saturday, Republican senators on the Judiciary Committee began to grow tired of the extended talks. But she should come forward, she should have her say, she will be respectfully treated.

"In the very near future, Judge Kavanaugh will be on the Supreme Court", McConnell said at the Values Voter Summit Friday.

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