“Debra Katz, the attorney for Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault in the 1980s, told NBC’s “Today” that Ford believes the incident was “attempted rape” and is willing to testify publicly before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“She’s a credible person. These are serious allegations. And they should be addressed.”
“Big picture: As Axios’ Jonathan Swan and Mike Allen reported this morning, some involved in Kavanaugh’s confirmation process were set to call on Ford to testify publicly this week, betting that she will decline.”
“Come, Watson, Come! The game is afoot!,” as Sherlock Holmes says.
Bob Corker, Jeff Flake, and Lisa Murkowski have publicly said that they want to delay to consider the allegations. The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on Kavanaugh on Thursday to move his nomination to the full Senate for a vote.
This is the key: Flake is a member of the Judiciary Committee. If Flake joins his 10 Democratic colleagues on the Senate Judiciary Committee to vote against moving the nomination forward, then amply be-chinned Mitch McConnell has to either come up with some trickery or fold.
UPDATE 1: Boom
On Monday, Republican Sen. Susan Collins — who is not on the Senate Judiciary Committee but is considered a key swing vote on the nomination — tweeted that “Professor Ford and Judge Kavanaugh should both testify under oath before the Judicial Committee.”