The woman accusing Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault during a high school party nearly 40 years ago, Christine Blasey Ford, has given the Senate Judiciary Committee a list of demands she says must be met before she's willing to testify about the incident under oath.
MORE: Ford attorneys did NOT draw hardly any red lines in the list of requests. Those were mostly asks and appear to be negotiable, sources say. The only red lines: Ensuring her safety and making sure she’s NOT in the same room as Kavanaugh. Both sides say it was productive call— Manu Raju (@mkraju) September 21, 2018
According to Chairman Chuck Grassley's staff, these demands are non-starters.
A senior Senate staffer tells me that both of these are non-starters.— Yashar Ali ?? (@yashar) September 21, 2018
1. Kavanaugh will testify after Ford so that he can respond to her accusations the staffer told me
2. They will not allow witnesses to dictate who does/doesn't get subpoenaed. https://t.co/cjxtOxhDlr
Committee staff has been in negotiations with Ford's attorney, Democrat operative Debra Katz, for days about receiving testimony. They've offered to fly staff to California for a private interview, in addition to offering a public or private hearing in front of the Committee on Capitol Hill. At this time all options have been refused, despite Katz saying in multiple media interviews this week her client was prepared to testify publicly and wanted to do "whatever it takes" to be heard. Further, in a Washington Post story nearly a week ago, Blasey Ford begged to "be heard." Chairman Chuck Grassley obliged by setting up a hearing for Monday. Blasey Ford is now refusing to show up.
Blasey Ford has been given a deadline of 10 a.m. et Friday to make a decision about whether she will testify Monday.