Senate judiciary committee chairman chuck grassley (r-iowa) said late friday night that he is giving christine blasey ford extra time to decide whether to testify on her allegations of sexual assault towards ultimate courtroom nominee brett kavanaugh.
grassley wrote on twitter that he had “just granted another extension to dr ford to determine if she wants to continue [with] the assertion she made final week to testify to the senate.”
the gop chairman failed to specify how long of an extension he’s giving ford, however his declaration kicks the negotiations over a public hearing into at the least saturday.
grassley wrote on twitter that ford “[should] decide so we can circulate on,” including, “i need to pay attention her.”
he mentioned the judiciary committee had given ford five extensions to decide if she desired to satisfy with the senate panel.
“dr ford if u modified ur mind say so so we can pass on i need to hear ur testimony. come to us or we to u,” grassley introduced in a tweet.
grassley’s tweets got here as staff for the gop senator and legal professionals for ford warfare to reach an agreement on ford attesting publicly earlier than the committee subsequent week.
grassley had set a 10 p.m. deadline friday for ford to respond to his team of workers and warned that the judiciary committee ought to move monday to vote on kavanaugh’s nomination.
attorneys for the fifty one-year-old professor despatched an email to judiciary committee workforce on friday night requesting an additional day for her to take into account testifying whilst blasting the friday night time deadline.
ford’s lawyer debra katz known as the ten p.m. cut-off date set by grassley’s workforce “arbitrary” and “competitive and artificial.”
ford’s lawyers to begin with proposed a public listening to on thursday; asked the committee to subpoena mark decide, a kavanaugh classmate and capacity witness; and that kavanaugh testify first.
judiciary committee staff answered on friday with the provide of a wednesday hearing, that kavanaugh testify second and rejected her request to subpoena decide.
committee workforce did comply with restrict the range of cameras and maintain kavanaugh and ford out of the same room.
ford has accused kavanaugh of pinning her down at a excessive school celebration within the early Nineteen Eighties and trying to put off her garments. kavanaugh has flatly denied the allegations and said he might testify next week.