Accuser of Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh agrees to testify to Senate committee

Elias Hubbard
September 23, 2018

In a statement obtained by Breitbart News, Keyser's attorney, Howard Walsh, wrote, "Simply put, Ms. Keyser 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".

A GOP Judiciary Committee investigator contacted Keyser last Tuesday, saying Keyser had been "identified" as attending that party and wanted to talk to her. Committee spokesman Taylor Foy said Keyser's name "came up" in its investigation. "It's also unremarkable that Ms. Keyser does not remember attending a specific gathering 30 years ago at which nothing of effect happened to her", Ford's attorney added.

That response seemed a setback to Ford supporters' efforts to corroborate her claim.

It emerged Prof Ford had detailed the alleged assault in a confidential letter to the top Democratic senator on the judiciary committee, Dianne Feinstein, in July.

CNN has learned that the committee has reached out to a longtime friend of Ford named Leland Ingham Keyser.

The tentative accord could bring to close days of high-stakes brinkmanship that have roiled Washington ahead of midterm elections and threaten to jeopardize Kavanaugh's confirmation to the court.

US Senator Susan Collins of ME offered her most extensive remarks yet about her nationally watched decision making as she considers whether or not to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court in the coming days.

Maybe her testimony before the Judiciary Committee Thursday will clear up some of the confusion.

Also unclear is what day she might come to Capitol Hill and whether she's offering to speak in a public session or a private one.

The Senate Judiciary Committee released a letter it sent to Ford's attorneys on Friday in which it accepted some of their demands, including that Kavanaugh not be in the room when she testifies.

South Carolina Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy said the information in a batch of Russian Federation investigation documents that President Donald Trump was considering for declassification will prove "embarrassing" for the Department of Justice, FBI and former CIA Director John Brennan.

Allegations from a university professor, Christine Blasey Ford, emerged in the U.S. media last week. But they want to set up a time later Saturday to keep discussing the terms of her appearance. "It's a clever way to push off the vote Monday without committing to appear Wednesday".

The official claimed it was a "clever way" to continue negotiations "without committing to anything".

Christine Blasey Ford has publicly accused Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault decades ago.

"Its sole goal is to bully Dr Ford and deprive her of the ability to make a considered decision that has life-altering implications for her and her family", the professor's lawyer Debra Katz said on Friday evening, asking for another day to decide.

The lawyers said they are "hopeful" of reaching a deal on the details of her appearance soon.

Pence tells a gathering of evangelical activists in Washington that the appeals court judge's record and career deserve "the respect of every member of the United States Senate".

The vice president says the way that some Democrats have conducted themselves during the confirmation process "is a disgrace and a disservice to the Senate and the American people".

Collins said she discussed the Roe decision extensively with Kavanaugh in the context of whether he believes in precedents, "including decisions made in 1973 and reaffirmed by the court again and again".

Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings are not over.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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