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Report: Kavanaugh Accuser Open to Testifying Next Week Under ‘Fair’ Terms

In a call late Thursday, Christine Blasey Ford’s lawyers told the Senate Judiciary Committee that Ford prefers to testify about her alleged attempted rape next Thursday and “doesn’t want Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in the room.” The Associated Press reports that lawyer Debra Katz also wants the committee to subpoena Mark Judge, Kavanaugh’s friend who was allegedly in the room when Ford’s alleged assault occurred. Politico also reports Ford’s lawyers wanted Kavanaugh to testify first, which Republicans are reportedly not going to agree to. They also requested that Ford not be questioned by outside counsel and “mentioned having just one camera in the hearing room.” Earlier Thursday, The New York Times reported Katz sent a letter to the committee staff members saying Ford “would be prepared to testify next week,” as long as she’s offered “terms that are fair and which ensure her safety.” In the email, Katz also underscored Ford’s “strong preference” that “a full investigation” by the FBI be completed before she testifies in front of the committee. “She wishes to testify, provided that we can agree on terms that are fair and which ensure her safety,” Katz wrote.