White House counselor Kellyanne Conway is taking aim at the conditions set forth by Christine Blasey Ford‘s lawyers for their client to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee to testify about her claim that she was sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
In an interview with Conway Friday on New Day, co-anchor Alisyn Camerota listed Ford’s conditions, including: that she not be in the same room as Kavanaugh, that other witnesses be subpoenaed, and that Kavanaugh testify first.
“Thank you, Alisyn, for very honestly and thoroughly listing her laundry list of demands at this point,” Conway told Camerota. “Those don’t sound like conditions. They sound like demands.”
The item on Ford’s list with which Conway took the most exception was the request to testify after Kavanaugh.
“It’s very unusual for a person making an allegation to go second and not first,” Conway said. “If you’re the plaintiff if you’re complainant in a criminal proceeding — which, of course, this is not, nobody’s been charged with a crime — then you go first. Because you lay out your allegations to which person being accused responds. So asking for that usual sequence to be reversed itself is very unusual.”
Conway added, “You have to subject yourself to questions. You can’t just say, ‘I’ll only answer this, I’ll only answer that.'”
Conway went on to say that the list of requests could work against Ford.
“I think for Dr. Ford that these conditions on the testimony could work against her also. If she wants to tell her story, then I would say the most pure thing to do would be for each of them to tell their story.”
Watch above, via CNN.
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