Ford Rejects One-Week Cap on FBI Kavanaugh Query
Attorney Debra Katz issues statement in which her client rejects 'artificial limits'
Christine Blasey Ford is already pushing for removal of the one-week time limit to which senators agreed Friday for a new FBI investigation of her allegation that Judge Brett Kavanaugh (pictured above right) sexually molested her 36 years ago at a high school party.
Ford (above left) “welcomes this step in the process,” her attorney, Debra Katz, said in a statement. Katz added that Ford also believes “no artificial limits as to time or scope should be imposed on this investigation.”
If Ford refuses to change her position, it could blow up an informal deal worked out between Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, which allowed the Kavanaugh nomination to go forward while also allowing further investigation by the FBI of his background.
Earlier Friday, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) said he would vote to forward Kavanaugh’s nomination by President Donald Trump to succeed the retired Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court — should the final vote in the upper chamber be delayed one week for the new FBI review.
Flake said the delay should be “limited in time and scope,” meaning a one-week time limit and with the bureau’s focusing only on Ford’s allegation. Democrats, led by Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.), accepted Flake’s proposal, including the time and scope limits.
The one week delay is to enable the FBI to investigate Ford’s allegations. Democrats have been demanding that Kavanaugh’s confirmation process be delayed for multiple reasons, in the hope their party regains control of the Senate in the November midterm elections.
Allowing the FBI to review Ford’s allegations was Democrats’ most recent and insistently demanded justification for delaying the nomination.
Republicans on the Senate Committee on the Judiciary opposed the delay because, they insisted, Kavanaugh has been through six previous full FBI background investigations since entering public service 25 years ago.
They also pointed out that three people who Ford claimed either witnessed the incident or were present in the house at the time either said they didn’t know Kavanaugh or had no recollection of such an incident. Ford also could not recall where or when she was molested.