The woman accusing Brett Kavanaugh of a decades-old sexual assault has rejected an invitation from the Senate Judiciary Committee to testify at a special hearing Monday.
“While Dr. Ford’s life was being turned upside down, you and your staff scheduled a public hearing for her to testify at the same table as Judge Kavanaugh in front of two dozen U.S. senators on national television to relive this traumatic and harrowing incident,” said a letter Tuesday evening from Ford’s lawyers to Sen. Charles Grassley, the committee chairman.
The committee invited both Kavanaugh and Ford to testify on the allegations, and Kavanaugh accepted. Mark Judge, who allegedly was also at the party in question in the 1980s, and in the room with Kavanaugh, said through his attorney he has no memory of the alleged incident and does not wish to testify publicly.
The hearing scheduled for Monday represents a significant change in Kavanaugh’s confirmation process. The committee had planned a meeting Thursday, but postponed it to allow for Kavanaugh and Ford to testify.
Even if Ford does not appear Monday, Republicans could continue to give Kavanaugh the opportunity address the allegations.
It is unclear whether Ford’s refusal will delay the nomination process even further.