WASHINGTON D.C. (News4Utah) Lawyers for Dr. Christine Ford say she’s preparing to testify against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh next week, but only under certain conditions.
Ford’s lawyers say she will testify if the Senate will guarantee her safety and ensure she receives a fair hearing.
Ford has accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault during a party in the 1980s.
Today protestors against Kavanaugh staged a sit-in on Capitol Hill.
Senate Democrats say Ford tried to stay out of the spotlight but finally came forward because the stakes are so high.
“She’s concerned he does not have the character, the integrity, the honesty, to be a Supreme Court Justice,” said Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.
Kavanaugh spent Thursday at the White House huddling with staff behind closed doors.
White House advisor Mercedes Schlapp says Kavanaugh is eager to deny the allegations under oath.
“He’s ready to testify. He’s ready to tell his story. His story has been very consistent, he denies this horrific allegation made against him,” she said.
The Judiciary Committee offered to allow Ford to testify either in public or in private.
Ford’s lawyers say they would prefer if the FBI would investigate before any hearing takes place, but Schlapp says that’s proof the allegations are about all about politics.
“It’s very clear this is a delay tactic, a smear tactic, of really tarnishing judge Kavanaugh’s reputation,” she said.