Most disturbing about this evidence is the way it highlights just how widespread the acceptance of sexism, and of violence against women, is.
Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s primary sexual assault accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, is still receiving death threats. In fact she is receiving so many serious and alarming threats to her life that she has been unable to move back into her California home.
A lawyer for Dr. Ford, Debra Katz, was interviewed by Kasie Hunt from NBC News and told her that it’s going to be “quite some time” before Dr. Ford and her family will feel safe enough to return to their home.
“Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s attorneys tell @kasie that Ford is still not living at home and can’t for “quite some time.”
She is still receiving “unending” death threats.”
Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's attorneys tell @kasie that Ford is still not living at home and can't for "quite some time."
She is still receiving "unending" death threats. pic.twitter.com/u6W5CmW0v8
In a rare White House press briefing, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders claimed that Democrats had victimized both Brett Kavanaugh and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.
By the time she finished detailing her allegation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers, Ford was being widely praised as credible and brave.
In a crowded lounge at Yale Law School, cheers erupted when the middle-aged woman on the TV screen told a Senate panel that she had no doubt that Brett Kavanaugh, the Yale graduate nominated to the Supreme Court, had sexually assaulted her when they were teens.
Republicans are going to regret ever pushing Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination as Dr. Christine Blasey Ford destroyed Kavanaugh's claim that she has the wrong guy.
The New York Times and the Washington Post both reported Saturday night that an agreement has been reached between the Senate Judiciary Committee and Christine Blasey Ford. The agreement called for Ford to testify before the committee sometime on Thursday.
The deal, which has not been finalized, was termed “tentative” because the negotiations over the details were to continue on Sunday. This means the deal could still fall apart if the parties can’t agree on the details before Monday.
The tentative deal was reached during a telephone call between staff members of the Judiciary Committee and Ford’s attorneys. Ford is the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault. will also testify before the committee on Thursday.
News reports say the call lasted approximately 20 minutes and that all parties on the call unanimously agreed on next Thursday as the date for both Ford and to give their sworn testimony before the Judiciary Committee.
It is hoped that lawyers for Ford and staffers for the Judiciary Committee will be able to reach agreement on the details and finalize the deal Sunday. This would be a major shift for Republicans, who wanted Ford, a 51-year-old professor from California, to testify on Monday.
News outlets tried to reach Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, for comment on the tentative agreement but he was unavailable.
With all parties agreeing on a Thursday date for testimony to occur, a major stumbling block had been overcome. Ford and her attorneys had announced earlier Saturday that she was willing to testify next week, but they had not yet agreed on a date.
In the email sent on Saturday afternoon Ford’s attorneys Debra Katz and Lisa Banks wrote:
“Many aspects of the proposal you provided via email … 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 detail.”
A woman who has accused U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault has agreed to testify before a Senate panel, her lawyers said on Saturday.
A lawyer for the woman accusing Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's U.S. Supreme Court nominee, of sexual assault told a Senate panel on Thursday she would not testify on Monday as Republicans want but would be willing to appear sometime next week if certain terms were met.
A number of former FBI agents and prosecutors are saying that people who make up allegations tend not to ask for the FBI to investigate them.
Ken Dilanian of NBC News tweeted:
A number of former prosecutors and FBI agents have said today that people who make up allegations tend not to demand that the FBI investigate them.
— Ken Dilanian (@KenDilanianNBC) September 19, 2018
Joyce Vance added:
Yes. We can add this to circumstantial guarantees of Dr. Ford’s truthfulness. You don’t encourage an FBI investigation unless you believe the truth is on your side. If you think an investigation will tend to incriminate you, you…obstruct its progress. https://t.co/rp2EDphj3A
Hillary Clinton explained how easy it would be for the White House to direct the FBI to investigate the sexual assault allegation against Brett Kavanaugh, and how Republicans are trying to rush the process and railroad Christine Blasey Ford.
"Nothing of substance and nothing legitimate can happen by Monday," Lisa Banks, an attorney for Ford, told CNN.
Andy Wright, Senior Fellow and Founding Editor of Just Security, investigations lawyer and law professor, noted that the burden is on the nominee to demonstrate fitness for a lifetime appointment, contrary to a criminal prosecution burden upon the accuser.