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The deadline for Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s attorneys to answer the Senate’s invitation to come and testify on Monday was 2:30 pm eastern time today. Just under the wire, an answer was received, but it wasn’t much of an answer at all. The first hint I saw of the non-answer came from Manu Raju on Twitter.
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This is a non-answer in every sense of the phrase. Some of the more liberal outlets were trying to put a positive spin on it, but that’s a seriously heavy lift. CNN offered one of these more optimistic views while ignoring the fact that nothing has been settled.
Lawyers for Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of a past sexual assault, told Senate Judiciary Committee staff on Saturday that Ford “accepts” the request to speak to the panel next week about the alleged incident.
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“Dr. Ford accepts the Committee’s request to provide her first-hand knowledge of Brett Kavanaugh’s sexual misconduct next week,” Debra Katz and Lisa Banks, attorneys representing Ford, wrote in a message to the committee.
The message did not, however, agree to a specified date and time for Ford to speak to the committee and said that “many aspects” of an earlier proposal by the committee was “fundamentally inconsistent with the Committee’s promise of a fair, impartial investigation into her allegations.”
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The lawyers asked in their message to “set up a time for later this afternoon to continue our negotiations.”
While I normally refrain from quoting such...
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