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Christine Blasey Ford’s attorneys say she “accepts” the Senate Judiciary Committee’s invitation to “provide first-hand knowledge” next week about a high school party where she says she was sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, according to an email obtained by Politico on Saturday.
The letter became public minutes after a 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time deadline for Blasey’s final decision, set by committee chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa). Attorneys for Blasey have been sparring with committee Republicans over conditions for her testimony all week, accusing Grassley and his colleagues of bullying their client by setting “arbitrary” deadlines.
The attorneys’ letter does not make clear whether Blasey plans to testify about Kavanaugh in an open hearing or would prefer to provide information in some other way.
“Dr. Ford accepts the Committee’s request to provide her first-hand knowledge of Brett Kavanaugh’s sexual misconduct next week,” reads the letter by attorneys Debra Katz and Lisa Banks.
It continues: “Although many aspects of the proposal you provided via email, on September 21, 2018, at 2:33 p.m., are fundamentally inconsistent with the Committee’s promise of a fair, impartial investigation into her allegations, and we are disappointed with the leaks and the bullying that have tainted the process, we are hopeful that we can reach agreement on details.”
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