Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her more than 30 years ago, will testify Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Attorneys for Ford reached an agreement with committee staff on Sunday after days of negotiations over the conditions and details of her appearance. The terms of their agreement provide that Kavanaugh will also appear before the committee, but he will not be in the room while Ford is speaking or being questioned.
The two sides finalized the date and time of the hearing over email. Ford’s attorneys say they are still negotiating “a number of important procedural and logistical issues.” The lengthy talks were hampered by a disagreement over who will question Ford at the hearing, according to an email exchange obtained by NPR.
Republican committee staff told Ford’s attorneys that they would be unwilling to accept what they characterized as a “demand” that only senators be permitted to ask questions of the witnesses
Committee staff has agreed to several additional requests from Ford and her attorneys. They agreed to limit press access to the hearing, including allowing only one television camera in the hearing room. The two sides agreed to give equal time to all senators who wish to question Ford and to allow “adequate breaks” during the hearing.
They also agreed to increased security for Ford and Kavanaugh. Both have received death threats that have grown more intense over time.