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Ford's Attorneys Now Worried About Hearing Being a 'Circus'

Iowa GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley places his nameplate before Senate hearing
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 25 September 2018 12:11 PM

The attorney representing Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, has sent a letter to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, expressing concern over the setup for Thursday's public hearing, The Hill reported Tuesday.

The lawyer, Michael Bromwich, particularly criticized the hiring of "an unnamed 'experienced sex crimes prosecutor,'" warning it could turn the hearing into a "circus" and said it is inconsistent with Blasey Ford's repeated requests that senators conduct the questioning.

Bromwich pointed out there is no precedent for the use of an outside counsel "for the sole purpose of shielding the members" from asking a witness questions when they are testifying before the committee.

He also requested Grassley to "Please identify this person and ask your staff to send us her resume immediately," adding "We respectfully request to meet with her [Tuesday]."

In other concerns about the hearing expressed, the lawyer also said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's, R-Ky., comments on the floor that the accusations against Kavanaugh are a "shameful smear campaign" by the left are "difficult to reconcile" with promises made in a letter from Grassley that there would be a "fair and credible process" and Blasey Ford would be treated in a respectful manner, according to CNN.

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Expressing concern over the setup for Thursday's public hearing, the lawyer representing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's sexual assault accuser has sent a letter to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, according to The Hill.
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