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Negotiations Continue as Christine Ford’s Lawyers Say She Accepts Committee Request to Speak

The legal team for Dr. Christine Blasey Ford has sent an email to the Senate Judiciary Committee saying that she accepts their request to testify, though negotiations are still underway and nothing has been finalized yet.

The email from Ford’s lawyers says she agrees to “provide her first-hand knowledge of Brett Kavanaugh‘s sexual misconduct next week.”

The email continues:

“Although many aspects of the proposal you provided via email, on September 21, 2018, at 2:33 pm, are fundamentally inconsistent with the Committee’s promise of a fair, impartial investigation into her allegations, and we are disappointed with the leaks and the bullying that have tainted the process, we are hopeful that we can reach agreement on details. Can we set up a time for later this afternoon to continue our negotiations?”

Committee chair Chuck Grassley last night tweeted he granted Ford another extension:

One White House official has responded, per the Washington Post, calling it another delay tactic:

UPDATE –– 4:52 pm ET: Senator Orrin Hatch said in tweets this afternoon that “this is exactly where we were on Monday morning”:

And CNN’s Sarah Westwood reports that Kavanaugh’s team does not see the response as a yes yet:

Editor’s note: this post and headline initially stated that Ford had accepted the request to testify. Both have been updated to reflect that the negotiations are still ongoing.

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