Following her willingness to testify before the Senate, the woman who accused Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her decades ago said she does not want to be near the SCOTUS nominee during her potential questioning.
According to CNN’s Manu Raju and Gloria Borger, that’s just one of the conditions Dr. Christine Blasey Ford would like met, per her legal team, as she does not wish to be in the same room with Kavanaugh if she testifies.
Ford has also made it clear that she wants to be questioned by senators rather than outside counsel, Borger noted.
“One of the reasons I believe that she doesn’t want to be questioned by outside counsel is that she believes that senators should be accountable for the questions that they’re going to ask and that the burden should be on them to ask the questions they want to ask and not an outside counsel who is a professional at doing this and let them be accountable to the American public,” Borger added. “She is going to be accountable to the American public for what she says. They should be accountable as well.”
According to Raju, Ford also wants senators to subpoena Mark Judge, Kavanaugh’s friend who she claims was present the night of the alleged attack.
Ford’s attorney told Judiciary staff that she is open to testifying next Thursday in a public hearing in Washington assuming her safety is guaranteed, Kavanaugh testify first and no outside counsels question her. She wants them to subpoena Mark Judge. GOP will now mull it over
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) September 21, 2018
Ford contends that in the 1980s, Kavanaugh groped her, attempting to take off her clothes while Judge was present. The allegations have been denied by Kavanaugh, and Judge claims to have no recollection of the events described.
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