The White House said on Monday that the Senate Judiciary Committee is considering to invite Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser testify before the panel, right after the woman’s attorney said that she would be willing to appear, Fox News informed.
California-based professor Christine Ford revealed her identity after the Washington Post published a report on Sunday, after she sent a letter to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. in which she alleged that when they were in high school, Kavanaugh pinned her down, and tried to remove her bathing suit while putting his hand over her mouth after she tried to scream.
Kavanaugh rejected these allegations, and the White House has stood in support of his denial.
However, White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway said that both Ford and Kavanaugh should be heard on the accusations.
“This woman should not be insulted and she should not be ignored. I think the Senate is headed toward a reasonable approach, allowing this woman to be heard in sworn testimony, allowing Judge Kavanaugh to be heard in sworn testimony,” Conway said. “I spoke with the president, I spoke with Senator [Lindsey] Graham and others. This woman will be heard.”
Conway said that the committee will decide how and in what form Ford would testify, mentioning a possibility of testifying in a public setting or over the phone.
“This has to be weighed against what we already know—which is that Judge Kavanaugh is a man of good character and integrity,” Conway said, noting he has been through half a dozen rounds of FBI “vetting,” and has been “lauded by women in every aspect of his life,” including former classmates and mothers of young girls he coaches in basketball.
Meanwhile, Ford’s attorney Debra Katz said on NBC’s “Today” that her client would be willing to appear before the committee.
“She is willing to take whatever it takes to get her story forth,” Katz said, answering “yes,” to whether Ford will agree to testify under oath.