Senators And Christine Blasey Ford Tentatively Agree On Thursday Hearing




 

After days of negotiations and uncertainty, the Senate Judiciary Committee and Christine Blasey Ford's attorneys have reportedly reached a tentative agreement for the California psychology professor to publicly testify at a hearing on Thursday.

The agreement was reached during a short call between Blasey's attorneys and the committee's chairman, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), late Saturday, according to reports from the New York Times, Politico and the Daily Beast.

Blasey, a psychologist who goes by Christine Blasey professionally, has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were both teenagers.

Since she publicly identified herself as the accuser last weekend, her lawyers have been embroiled in intense back-and-forth negotiations to set a hearing that Blasey would be comfortable with.

Earlier Saturday, Blasey accepted the Senate Judiciary Committee's invitation to provide "first-hand knowledge" of Kavanaugh's alleged sexual misconduct "next week."

With a tentative date set, the committee's staff will continue negotiating details of the hearing with Blasey's legal team on Sunday morning, according to the Times.

In the past week since Blasey's allegations went public, she and her family have become the target of death threats and "vicious harassment," according to her lawyers. Attorney Debra Katz said on Friday that Blasey had to meet with the FBI because of the threats.

Blasey's legal team on Friday requested that the committee follow several conditions for Blasey to attend the hearing, including having only one camera in the room, asking Kavanaugh to testify first, barring outside counsel from questioning Blasey, bringing in other potential witnesses ― such as Mark Judge ― to testify and holding the hearing on Wednesday.

Negotiations intensified later Friday when committee Republicans largely ignored the requests and set the hearing date for next Wednesday. They also gave Blasey a 10 p.m. deadline for an answer, giving Blasey less than a day to think it over.

Then, in response to a scathing email accusing Republicans of bullying a sexual assault victim, Grassley granted Katz's late-night request to extend the deadline one more day.

Kavanaugh previously sent a letter to Grassley accepting the invitation to testify on Monday, a date previously set by committee Republicans. Kavanaugh said he wanted to attend the hearing to "clear my name."

He has not yet responded publicly to the tentative Thursday hearing date.

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