Brett Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford told Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley that she’s concerned she won’t get a fair hearing Thursday when she’s due to testify against Trump’s SCOTUS pick.
In a letter from her attorney Monday, Michael Bromwich says his client may not get a ‘fair and credible’ hearing after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s claim that her accusations of sexual misconduct are ‘a smear’ against the Supreme Court judge nominee.
The letter obtained by NBC’s Frank Thorp suggests the process has gotten out of hand as numerous people chime in to have their say ahead of this week’s proceedings.
They also express desire to know exactly who will appear as the sex crimes prosecutor that chief counsel of nominations for the Senator Judiciary Committee Mike Davis had earlier mentioned in emails with attorney Michael Avenatti, who says he is representing a third woman with credible information against Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge.
They demand to view the person’s experience before entering into the arena with the person who they suggest may not be up to the job or necessary at all.
‘It is also inconsistent with your stated wish to avoid a “circus,” as well as Dr. Blasey Ford’s repeated requests through counsel that senators conduct the questioning,’ he writes in reference to contact the alleged victim had previously had from the Grassley. ‘This is not a criminal trial for which the involvement of an experienced sex crimes prosecutor would be appropriate.
‘In our view, the hiring of an unnamed “experienced sex crimes prosecutor” as Mr. Davis described in his email, is contrary to the Majority’s repeated emphasis on the need for the Senate and this Committee’s members to fulfill their constitutional obligations.’
As well as pointing out the White House’s failure to launch an FBI investigation after the accuser’s claims, the attorney goes on to say that McConnell’s incorrect claim that there’s a ‘complete lack of evidence’ suggests they’ve already completed an investigation.
The issues show Dr. Blasey currently doesn’t feel completely comfortable going through with the hearing Thursday and begs the questions whether it will happen at all.
But Dr. Blasey – who has claimed she has received death threats and had to hire private security – has said previously that nothing will stop her.
Ford penned a letter to Grassley, who initially tried to forge ahead with a committee vote after her bombshell accusations first surfaced in the Washington Post.
‘While I am frightened, please know, my fear will not hold me back from testifying and you will be provided with answers to all of your questions. I ask for fair and respectful treatment,’ she wrote Grassley.
‘I would welcome the opportunity to meet with you and other Senators directly, person to person, to tell you what occurred,’ Ford wrote. ‘I will answer any questions you have. I hope that we can find such a setting and that you will understand that I have one motivation in coming forward – to tell the truth about what Mr. Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge did to me. My sincere desire is to be helpful to persons making the decision.’
Kavanaugh is also due to appear at a panel hearing on Thursday.
She also recounted to Grassley how she raised decades-old accusations against Kavanaugh by writing two California Democratic lawmakers – triggering a series of events that caused the charges to appear in the Washington Post. She claims Kavanaugh groped her and tried to rape her at a house party in the 1980s. Kavanaugh denied the allegation in a Fox News interview Monday, saying he never sexually assaulted anyone.
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Source: Daily Mail