Ford’s attorneys promise she’ll show up Thursday, but make clear that some demands still need to be met

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Lawyers for the woman who’s accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her decades ago pledged Sunday that their client will  be present for a hearing scheduled for Thursday.

“A number of important procedural and logistical issues remain unresolved, although they will not impede the hearing taking place,” attorneys for Christine Blasey Ford said. “Among those issues is who on the Majority side will be asking the questions, whether senators or staff attorneys.”

This conformation came hours after the attorneys reached a tentative deal Saturday evening with the Senate Judiciary Committee for Ford to testify Thursday.

“Despite actual threats to her safety and her life, Dr. Ford believes it is important for Senators to hear directly from her about the sexual assault committed against her,” her attorneys added Sunday.

Kavanaugh and his family have also faced death threats.

“She has agreed to move forward with a hearing even though the Committee has refused to subpoena Mark Judge. They have also refused to invite other witnesses who are essential for a fair hearing that arrives at the truth about the sexual assault.”

To  be clear, inviting “other witnesses” would be pointless since every individual whom Ford has cited as a corroborating witness has denied knowing anything about a sexual assault.

While considered a “breakthrough” to some, others view Thursday’s hearing as a capitulation by Republicans. They argue that because of the clear-cut lack of evidence, the GOP-led Congress should skip over Ford’s dubious allegations and simply vote Monday to confirm Kavanaugh:

They have a reason to be so exasperated. Because of Thursday’s hearing, Kavanaugh’s confirmation will likely be pushed to sometime past Oct. 1, the day the Supreme Court returns for its next session.

In fairness to Republicans, at least they abstained from acquiescing to Ford’s more outrageous demands, including that Kavanaugh testify before her and that she not be questioned by his attorneys.

“Kavanaugh will reportedly testify after Ford, allowing him the opportunity to respond to her claims. According to Bloomberg News, Republicans also refused to accede to Ford’s lawyers request that the Judiciary Committee subpoena Kavanaugh friend Mark Judge to testify,” Fox News noted.

Had Republicans agreed to these demands, it would have meant the end of Western jurisprudence as Americans know it, according to Fox News host Judge Jeanine Pirro.

What remains to be seen is whether Ford will actually show up. If she doesn’t, Republicans will have hell to pay with their already frustrated base.

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