Yesterday evening, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) gave attorney Debra S. Katz an ultimatum - agree to reasonable testimonial terms for her client and alleged sexual assault survivor Professor Christine Blasey Ford by 10:00 PM Friday or the Senate would go ahead and vote on Monday to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. In return, Katz accused the senator of establishing an "arbitrary" deadline and flatly declined to comply with his request and instead asked for one more day. Shortly after midnight, Sen. Grassley agreed to give Katz and her client one more day.
Professor Ford claims that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her 36 years ago during a high school party, but has flummoxed for the past week on actual details and if she even wanted to testify. Originally, Professor Ford and her counsel had a 10:00 AM deadline on Friday to submit requests for testimony including date, time, and other specifics. That deadline passed. Then, Sen. Grassley announced on Friday evening was willing to give en more time until the aforementioned 10:00 PM deadline. Katz further claimed that Sen. Grassley displayed a "cavalier" treatment" and "inappropriate" behavior towards a sexual assault survivor.
Christine Blasey Ford’s attorney responds to Senate Judiciary Chair Grassley’s deadline: “Our modest request is that she be given an additional day to make her decision.” pic.twitter.com/Pn537QDanu— Phil Mattingly (@Phil_Mattingly) September 22, 2018
Sen. Grassley responded by saying, "come to us or we come to you" and implored Professor Ford to let the Senate judiciary committee know if she was willing to testify or not.
Five times now we hv granted extension for Dr Ford to decide if she wants to proceed w her desire stated one wk ago that she wants to tell senate her story Dr Ford if u changed ur mind say so so we can move on I want to hear ur testimony. Come to us or we to u— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) September 22, 2018
After nearly two hours, of no definitive response to Katz's latest request, the Senate judiciary chairman tweeted his response saying, "I want to hear her" and that he had decided to grant another extension.
Judge Kavanaugh I just granted another extension to Dr Ford to decide if she wants to proceed w the statement she made last week to testify to the senate She shld decide so we can move on I want to hear her. I hope u understand. It’s not my normal approach to b indecisive— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) September 22, 2018
With all the extensions we give Dr Ford to decide if she still wants to testify to the Senate I feel like I’m playing 2nd trombone in the judiciary orchestra and Schumer is the conductor— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) September 22, 2018
Under this framework, Katz and Professor Ford now have until 10:00 PM tonight to decide if they are willing to testify.
This article was updated.