Ari Fleischer on Why Ford Doesn't Want Outside Counsel

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Posted: Sep 21, 2018 2:55 PM
Ari Fleischer on Why Ford Doesn't Want Outside Counsel

On the list of demands from Christine Blasey Ford's lawyers for her client to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee was that there be no outside counsel questioning her at the hearing, originally scheduled for Monday. Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer, who knows a thing or two about public relations, believes he knows why.

Witnesses, he added, "do not get to determine who asks questions." It is the committee’s "prerogative"  if they want outside counsel. 

Fleischer pushed back at some of Ford's other demands too, like her wanting Kavanaugh to testify first. That's not usually how it works in a courtroom, he noted.

Ford also wants to testify without Kavanaugh being in the room, and, perhaps the biggest ask of all, they want the FBI to investigate the incident. That, the committee has repeatedly noted, is not going to happen. They did, however, offer to move the hearing to Wednesday.