Attorneys for Christine Blasey Ford, who accuses Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, vowed Sunday that Ford will testify at a hearing scheduled for Thursday morning.
What are the details?
According to Politico, Ford’s attorneys talked with Senate Judiciary Committee aides on Sunday where the two sides hashed out the details of Ford’s appearance. Despite unresolved “procedural and logistical issues,” which Ford’s lawyers squabbled over last week, the attorneys promised Ford’s appearance.
Officially, the two sides agreed that the hearing would take place at 10 a.m. Thursday morning.
In a statement, Ford’s attorneys — Debra Katz, Lisa Banks, and Michael Bromwich — confirmed “important progress” had been made.
“We committed to moving forward with an open hearing on Thursday Sept 27 at 10:00 am,” the attorneys said. “Despite actual threats to her safety and to her life, Dr. Ford believes it is important for Senators to hear directly from her about the sexual assault committed against her.”
The attorneys made it clear they take umbrage with the fact that Mark Judge, who Ford alleges was with Kavanaugh when he committed the assault, will not be subpoenaed. The lawyers also said it is not clear who, from the Republican majority, will question Ford. Some Republicans have said independent counsel should do the questioning, while Ford has requested that senators themselves question her.
It was also not clear in which order Ford and Kavanaugh will testify. Previously, Ford demanded that Kavanaugh defend himself first before she testifies.
The hearing will likely push the vote to confirm Kavanaugh back to October. The Judiciary Committee was previously scheduled to vote on Kavanaugh last week, but delayed the vote because of Ford’s accusations. That means the new Supreme Court term, which begins on Oct. 1, will likely begin one justice short.