And here we go.
Courtesy of Politico:
The woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were in high school “will do whatever is necessary to make sure that the Senate Judiciary Committee has the full story,” including testifying before the committee, her attorney said Monday.
Debra Katz, the attorney for Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford, told “CBS This Morning” that her client hopes to tell “her story in a manner that is a fair proceeding.”
“My client will do whatever is necessary to make sure that the senate judiciary committee has the full story and the full set of allegations to allow them to make a fully informed decision,” Katz said. “She’s willing to do what she needs to do.”
A number of Senators have also expressed an interest in hearing what Christine Blasey Ford has to say, and they were not all Democrats.
Courtesy of The Hill:
GOP Sens. Bob Corker (Tenn.) and Jeff Flake (Ariz.), two vocal Trump critics who are retiring after 2018, both indicated they believe the Judiciary Committee should wait to hear from Ford before moving forward.
And they have now been joined by Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski:
GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) says the Judiciary Committee “might” need to consider delaying a vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after a woman accusing him of sexual assault spoke publicly for the first time about the allegation.
“Well, I think that might be something they might have to consider, at least having that discussion,” Murkowski told CNN late Sunday night asked if the Judiciary Committee should delay a vote on Kavanaugh.
“This is not something that came up during the hearings. The hearings are now over, and if there is real substance to this, it demands a response. That may be something the committee needs to look into,” Murkowski continued.
Even the White House is signaling that they believe this woman must be heard:
Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, sounded a somewhat more conciliatory tone Monday morning in an appearance on Fox News’s “Fox & Friends,” telling the show’s trio of hosts that Ford’s account ought not to be ignored but that it also should be weighed against Kavanaugh’s account. Both sides, she said, should be heard in sworn testimony before the Senate.
“This woman should not be insulted and she should not be ignored,” Conway said.
She added that she believes that the “Senate is headed to a reasonable approach” after speaking to a number of lawmakers, including Sen. Lindsey Graham.
“Allowing this woman to be heard in sworn testimony, allowing judge Kavanaugh to be heard in sworn testimony about these specific allegations would be added to the very considerable mountain of evidence and considerations that folks will have when they weigh whether or not to vote for judge Kavanaugh to be on the Supreme Court,” Conway said.
“So, let me make very clear. I have spoken with the president. I have spoken with Sen. Graham and others. This woman will be heard,” Conway said.
I should add that the White House also thinks that this can happen in a closed-door session and quickly enough so that the scheduled vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination this Thursday can stay on track.
I am far less confident they will be able to keep that schedule.
In fact, right now I am far more confident that this Kavanaugh nomination may never happen.
That is a definite possibility right now
Update: Newly tweeted by Collins.
Professor Ford and Judge Kavanaugh should both testify under oath before the Judiciary Committee.
— Sen. Susan Collins (@SenatorCollins) September 17, 2018
I don’t really see how Kurkowski or Collins will be able to support Kavanaugh at this point.