Christine Blasey Ford's family publishes letter of support

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Christine Blasey Ford has been told to testify about an alleged sexual assault involving Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh - or the Senate will go ahead and vote on his confirmation.

Although her attorney first said she would appear, Blasey Ford now wants an FBI investigation of the allegations before she testifies.

"As you are aware, she's been receiving death threats which have been reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and she and her family have been forced out of their home". Now, Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley has responded, telling Ford's attorneys in a letter of his own that he is willing to make the hearing private, but not to delay it past September 24.

That's the Maryland all-girls school that Christine Blasey Ford attended in the early 1980s, when she says she was assaulted by Kavanaugh.

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Judge Kavanaugh, 53, has agreed to testify to the judiciary committee, which vets Supreme Court nominees, on Monday.

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Whether Kavanaugh and Ford testify under oath, and to what details, has enormous stakes for President Donald Trump and the November 6 midterm elections - not to mention American men, women, teenagers, parents, schools and anyone who rises to the top of a profession in the #MeToo era. Ford wants an FBI investigation done before testifying, but President Donald Trump and Republicans have rebuffed her.

In the letter Thursday, Ford's attorneys wrote that it "is not possible" for Ford to testify on Monday.

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But Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, the committee chairman made it clear who he believes, informing Democrats in a letter that Kavanaugh "sat for a transcribed interview on Monday" and "we have no reason to doubt the truthfulness of judge Kavanaugh's testimony".

"I think now during this time period where very powerful men are being exposed for their actions from the past, I think the judiciary committee missed an opportunity to straight off kick him off and find someone else", he said. He has told advisers that he is skeptical of Ford's account and the timing of the allegation, these advisers said.

The FBI has conducted six background checks on Kavanaugh over the years. "It is imperative the Judiciary committee move forward on the Kavanaugh nomination and a committee vote be taken ASAP". And given Republicans' Senate majority - and the unity emerging behind Kavanaugh - that meant he was nearly certainly going to be confirmed to the Court.

If I had to put a percentage on Kavanaugh's chances of confirmation prior to Thursday, I would say 90%. As for negotiating terms for Ford's appearance before the committee, "She is not really in a position to make conditions, in my view", Sen. Kavanaugh has said that he is also willing to testify again in front of the committee. It was quiet. I assured her that her anonymity and her privacy - privacy is absolutely paramount to all of my constituents, but certainly in cases of sexual assault.

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