Breaking: Kavanaugh accuser responds to Grassley ultimatum

Breaking: Kavanaugh accuser responds to Grassley ultimatum
Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, the accuser of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, released a letter responding to a deadline from Republicans on whether she would testify in front of Congress. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Dr. Christine Blasey Ford responded to an ultimatum from Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) to answer whether she would testify against Brett Kavanaugh before a 10 PM deadline, or risk Republicans confirming the nominee to the Supreme Court.

“Its sole purpose is to bully Dr. Ford”

The response decried the negotiations with Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee and asked for another day of deliberation before her decision.

“I was stunned to see the Judiciary Committee noticed Judge Kavanaugh’s vote for Monday morning,” read the letter, “in the midst of our ongoing discussions regarding the terms and conditions under which Dr. Christine Blasey Ford could testify before the Committee.”

“The imposition of aggressive and artificial deadlines regarding the date and conditions of any hearing has created tremendous and unwarranted anxiety and stress on Dr. Ford.”

The letter goes on to accuse Grassley and other Republicans of negotiating unfairly and dishonestly over the conditions of Ford’s proposed testimony.

“The 10:00 p.m. deadline is arbitrary,” the letter continued. “Its sole purpose is to bully Dr. Ford and deprive her of the ability to make a considered decision that has life-alterating implications for her and her family.”

“She has already been forced out of her home and continues to be subjected to harassment, hate mail, and death threats,” it concluded. “Our modest request is that she be given an additional day to make her decision.”

Former congressman and current Fox News contributor Jason Chaffetz noted that Grassley retained the proper parliamentary procedures to have the vote on Monday, if they chose that option.

“The Chairman, @ChuckGrassley , today officially noticed the vote for Judge Kavanaugh on Monday,” he tweeted. “Despite the delay tonight, this gives the Judiciary Committee the option to vote on Monday.”

Here’s the Fox News report about Grassley’s ultimatum: