And people wonder why women are so hesitant to come out publicly against their attackers.
Courtesy of NYT:
The woman who has accused President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault all but ruled out appearing at an extraordinary Senate hearing scheduled for next week to hear her allegations, insisting on Tuesday that the F.B.I. investigate first.
Speaking through lawyers, Christine Blasey Ford said she would cooperate with the Senate Judiciary Committee and left open the possibility of testifying later about her allegations against Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh. But echoing Senate Democrats, she said an investigation should be “the first step” before she is put “on national television to relive this traumatic and harrowing incident.”
The reason for Ford’s hesitancy to appear in a hearing at this time was explained in a letter sent to the committee:
In the letter to the Judiciary Committee, Dr. Blasey’s lawyers said that she has been the target of “vicious harassment and even death threats” since her name was made public on Sunday in an interview published in The Washington Post. Her email has been hacked, she has been impersonated online and she and her family have been forced to relocate out of their home, according to the lawyers, Ms. Banks and her partner, Debra S. Katz.
“While Dr. Ford’s life was being turned upside down, you and your staff scheduled a public hearing for her to testify at the same table as Judge Kavanaugh in front of two dozen U.S. Senators on national television to relive this traumatic and harrowing incident,” the lawyers wrote to Mr. Grassley. The hearing “would include interrogation by senators who appear to have made up their minds that she is ‘mistaken’ and ‘mixed up.’”
The FBI getting involved is completely up to the discretion of the White House who at this time has not indicated any interest in involving them in the process.
There is also a supposed witness to the attack, Mark Judge, who has indicated that he absolutely does not want to testify.
Courtesy of The Daily Beast:
Mark Judge, the man who is said to have witnessed Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s alleged assault of Christine Blasey Ford more than 30 years ago, said on Tuesday that he would not speak publicly about the allegations.
“I have no memory of this alleged incident. Brett Kavanaugh and I were friends in high school but I do not recall the party described in Dr. Ford’s letter,” Judge told the Senate Judiciary Committee in a statement sent by his lawyer. “… I have no more information to offer the committee and I do not wish to speak publicly regarding the incidents described in Dr. Ford’s letter.”
Currently, the hearing is still planned for Monday, but if only Kavanaugh shows up it does not seem reasonable that the hearing can proceed.
However, there is now a new player who might be interested in doing a little testifying.
Hi all, deleted this because it served its purpose and I am now dealing with a slew of requests for interviews from The Wash Post, CNN, CBS News. Organizing how I want to proceed. Was not ready for that, not sure I am interested in pursuing. Thanks for reading
— Cristina King Miranda (@reinabori) September 19, 2018
Yeah, that does not exactly help Kavanaugh’s case.
I have to say that I have serious doubts about Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collin’s reelection prospects if they vote to confirm Kavanaugh with this issue still unresolved.
So I would be very surprised at this point if Trump got the votes he needed to move forward any time soon.