Internal emails between lawyers for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who has said Kavanaugh assaulted her, show a standoff about the conditions for Ford’s testimony.
Ford and the Senate Judiciary Committee have reached agreement for a public hearing Thursday, but critical details are still unresolved.
In the emails, which were made public by Judiciary Committee Republicans, Mike Davis, the committee’s chief counsel for nominations, wrote today that four requests from Ford’s lawyers regarding witnesses and who will question them are “non-negotiable” and will not be met.
Among their list of requests, Ford’s lawyers asked that the committee only allow senators to ask questions and that Ford be able to call other witnesses.
“The Chairman has met you more than halfway… The Committee determines which witnesses to call, how many witnesses to call, in what order to call them, and who will question them. Again, as I mentioned on the call, these are non-negotiable,” Davis wrote.
Many of these negotiations were already public after some details were leaked to the press. The committee still has to decide whether Kavanaugh is fit to become President Donald Trump’s second appointee to the Supreme Court.
Soon after the emails were made public, the committee issued a statement saying it will hear Ford’s testimony on Thursday and that Kavanaugh will also testify after her.
Lisa Desjardins contributed reporting.