Kavanaugh Accuser Accepts 'Tentative' Deal To Testify In Front Of Senate Committee

The deal does not list a specific time or date, however.

Bret Kavanaugh.
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Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her 35 years ago, says she will testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee this week, but her legal team has yet to nail down a time or date.

After days of avoiding a commitment to testify — claiming everything from a fear of flying to failing to understand the dress code — Ford now says she's willing to face questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee, provided the Committee makes certain accommodations which Ford and her legal team have yet to specify.

Ford's attorneys issued a statement tentatively agreeing to Ford's testimony Saturday night, around the time the fourth and final witness mentioned in Ford's original letter to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) came forward to say she has never met Brett Kavanaugh, let alone attended a party with him in the early 1980s.

"Dr. Ford accepts the Committee's request to provide her first-hand knowledge of Brett Kavanaugh's sexual misconduct next week," Ford's lawyers, Debra Katz and Lisa Banks, wrote in a message to the Committee, according to CNN, after discussing the matter on a conference call with a "bipartisan" group of Senate aides.

But sources close to Ford say that she may still not agree to the Senate committee's primary request: that she testify about Kavanaugh's alleged sexual misconduct under oath.

"This is not an 'acceptance' of anything at all. The email doesn't even say she will testify. It says she will 'provide her firsthand knowledge' but it doesn't say how. It says she will do so 'next week' but doesn't say when. And it says the rest of the terms are still up for negotiation. It 'accepts' nothing at all, but the language is very carefully calculated to give her credit for having accepted," a source told CNN.

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