Christine Blasey Ford begins negotiations with the Senate over her testimony about sexual-assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh

  • Christine Blasey Ford’s attorney told lawmakers on Thursday that Ford “would be prepared to testify next week” as long as she’s offered “terms that are fair and which ensure her safety,” The New York Times reported.
  • Ford has accused Judge Brett Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court nominee, of sexually assaulting her when they were in high school. He has denied the allegations.
  • Ford’s attorney said she would like to set up a call on Thursday with lawmakers on the Senate Judiciary Committee to discuss the conditions under which Ford would testify.

Christine Blasey Ford, the psychology professor who alleges that Judge Brett Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court nominee, sexually assaulted her when they were in high school, is reportedly negotiating with the Senate Judiciary Committee about telling its members her story.

She “would be prepared to testify next week” as long as she is offered “terms that are fair and which ensure her safety,” her attorney said in an email to the committee that was obtained by The New York Times.

In the email, Ford’s lawyer said that she would like to talk with the committee on Thursday about the conditions under which Ford would testify but that it was not possible for Ford to do so on Monday, the day Republicans on the committee have set for a hearing.

The lawyer, Debra Katz, said it was Ford’s “strong preference” that an investigation into her allegations be conducted before her testimony. Katz didn’t immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment on the email.

“As you are aware, she has been receiving death threats, which have been reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and she and her family have been forced out of their home,” the email said, according to The Times. “She wishes to testify, provided that we can agree on terms that are fair and which ensure her safety.”

Kavanaugh, who has denied the allegations, has agreed to testify.

According to The Times, Republicans on Thursday decided to enlist an independent attorney with experience litigating assault cases to question Ford, rather than having the 11 male Republicans on the committee do so.

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