Thursday, September 20, 2018

The woman accusing Trump's nomination to Supreme Court is willing to speak

hristine Blasey Ford, the woman accused of sexual assault by Donald Trump for the US Supreme Court, is willing to testify next week before the Senate, the US press said on Thursday.
The 51-year-old psychology scholar claims that Judge Brett Kavanaugh, 53, sexually assaulted her at a party in the early 1980s, something Trump's US Supreme Court nominee denies.
Until the indictment, Kavanaugh, a conservative-minded judge, looked set to be confirmed for this lifetime charge.
Blasey Ford's lawyers told the Senate Judiciary Committee that she will not be able to appear on Monday but is willing to testify later that week, provided the hearing is "fair" and her security is guaranteed, according to an e-mail quoted by the Washington Post and the New York Times.
Monday's date "is not possible and the Commission's insistence that this be so is arbitrary in any case," the women's lawyers said.
"As you know, she received death threats, which have been reported to the FBI, and both she and her family had to leave their homes," added their representatives.
"She wants to testify on the condition that we can agree on circumstances that are fair and that guarantee her security," they said.
In addition, lawyers pointed out that their client prefers to have an investigation before their testimony.
Blasey Ford said the incident occurred around 1982 at a party with elite school students in the wealthy suburb of Bethesda, Maryland, just outside Washington DC.
He claims that Kavanaugh, drunk, immobilized her in a bed while trying to undress her, while another young woman watched, but she managed to escape.
Blasey Ford did not file criminal charges, but if he did, the case would be investigated in Maryland, where serious crimes of sexual assault do not prescribe.
The woman, who had been silent for decades, sent a letter to a local representative in July when Kavanaugh's name began circulating as a possible Supreme Court nominee.
After media leaks, he left anonymity in an interview with the Washington Post.
Kavanaugh's arrival in the Supreme Court would place progressive or moderate judges in the minority for many years in court, a court that addresses key issues in American society, such as the right to abortion, firearms, and minority rights.
In 1991, another Supreme Court nominee, Clarence Thomas, was charged with sexual harassment by Anita Hill, a law professor.
Despite the indictment, Judge Thomas was confirmed and still a member of the Supreme Court, but the treatment given to Hill during the hearings left marks and encouraged many women to enter into politics.
Almost three decades later, the climate changed and even Trump, quick to criticize those who stand in his way, avoided attacking Blasey directly.
The president simply defended Kavanaugh, who he described as "extraordinary man," and was skeptical of the charges: "It is very difficult for me to imagine what happened."
Public opinion is increasingly against the judge and according to the NBC / The Wall Street Journal poll published late Thursday, 38% reject Kavanaugh's presence in the Supreme Court, against 34% who approve it.

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