GRASSLEY AGAIN EXTENDS “NEGOTIATIONS” FOR ACCUSER TO TESTIFY, CAVES ON DATE
by Sharon Rondeau
(Sep. 22, 2018) — On Saturday evening multiple mainstream sources reported that a “tentative” agreement between Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who accused U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh last Sunday of attempted rape in the early 1980s when both were minors, and the Senate Judiciary Committee for Ford to testify on Thursday has been reached.
Previous reports over the last two days had said that Grassley, chairman of the committee, declared a Thursday testimony date not possible for the committee but that Wednesday was offered to Ford and her Washington, DC attorneys, Lisa Banks and Debra Katz.
Wednesday was offered after Ford and her attorneys failed to confirm that she would appear on Monday, September 24, the first date Grassley set for a hearing on the allegation after it became public on Sunday through The Washington Post.
Katz and Banks have accused Grassley of leaking the substance of their recent discussions to the media, engaging in bad faith negotiations, and of offering terms that are not “fair” to their client.
Last Monday, Katz told CNN that her client was eager to testify publicly. Katz then said that Ford would not testify at all unless the FBI completed an investigation, a demand to which Grassley did not accede. As the week went on and Grassley invited Ford to testify as well or, alternatively, to send investigators to her in California, Katz went silent for nearly two days.
On Wednesday, Katz came back with a list of demands, including the number of media cameras to be in the room if Ford testified, who would ask the questions, that Kavanaugh testify first, and that Ford’s “safety” be provided for.
Grassley countered, agreeing with the camera issue but not that Kavanaugh testify first. In criminal proceedings, the accuser presents his or her case, with the accused then given a chance to respond, including cross-examining the accuser and presenting witnesses.
Since going public, Ford has reportedly been receiving death threats and has had her email hacked. According to Katz, Ford spent “several hours” on Friday speaking with her local FBI about the threats.
After Katz failed to meet a 10:00 a.m. Friday deadline to provide her client’s bio, written statement of her allegations and commitment that she would appear on Monday, Grassley extended the deadline to 5:00 p.m. Friday. When an agreement did not materialize by that time, he extended it to 10:00 p.m.
Desspite Katz’s numerous complaints against Grassley, which included his alleged “bullying” of her client, Grassley allowed discussion to continue Saturday, setting a 2:30 p.m. “deadline.” After that came and went, negotiations went on through Saturday evening, when the media reported that a “tentative” agreement for Ford’s appearance on Thursday had been reached.
Katz is a Democrat activist and “Resist” protester, while Ford, a registered Democrat, according to The Washington Post, has participated in at least one Trump protest as reported by Breitbart.
Democrats on the committee made it clear during Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings that they would not vote favorably on his nomination regardless of how he answered the questions posed to him.
On Friday night’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” host Tucker Carlson said that if Kavanaugh does not receive a vote from the committee by Wednesday, due to the U.S. Senate’s schedule, he will not receive one at all. Kavanaugh sat for four days of questioning from the committee, met with dozens of senators personally beforehand, and provided thousands of background documents prior to his hearings. The American Bar Association (ABA) gave him a “well-qualified” rating before the confirmation proceedings began, the organization’s highest rating.
The White House reportedly provided the committee with 900,000 pages of documentation on Kavanaugh prior to the hearings, although at the outset, Democrats complained that they did not have all of the pertinent documents and demanded to enter an executive session, which Grassley denied.
The documents committee Democrats were seeking are held by the National Archives and were generated while Kavanaugh served as staff secretary in the George W. Bush White House.
In 2006, Bush nominated him for the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the District of Washington, DC, for which he was confirmed without fanfare and where he has served for the last 12 years.
Just before 10:00 p.m. Saturday, Fox News’s Shannon Bream tweeted that “five people” said to have attended the house party where underage drinking and the sexual assault allegedly took place 36 years ago “deny any knowledge of the party and allegations.” The “5th person,” Bream said, “is the only one who has not provided them a statement.”
On Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee tweeted that it had reached out to the witnesses Ford had named as having attended the party. One of Ford’s demands is that one of them, Mark Judge, be called to testify after he said through his attorney that he preferred not to testify to the committee.
Likewise, a “longtime” friend of Ford’s, Leland Ingham Keyser, said through her attorney that she “does not know Mr. Kavanaugh and she has no recollection of ever being at a party or gathering where he was present, with, or without, Dr. Ford,” CNN reported.
Also on Saturday, former FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe’s attorney, Michael Bromwich, tweeted that he has joined Ford’s “legal team.”
Ford has also retained long-time Democrat strategist and former Bill Clinton deputy communications director Ricki Seidman to “advise” her should she decide to provide testimony to the committee.
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.