Sen. Graham: ‘Somebody Needs to Ask’ Ford’s Lawyers: ‘How Could She Not Know About’ Our Offer to Go to Her?

By Craig Bannister | September 28, 2018 | 11:33am EDT
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) (Screenshot)

Sen. Lindsey Graham said that he almost fell out of his chair in disbelief when Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, testified Wednesday that she wasn’t aware that the Judiciary Committee had offered to visit her in California to hear her story.

At a committee hearing on Thursday, Sen. Graham quoted the email offer sent to Ford’s attorneys on September 19, 2018:

“I about fell out of my chair when Doctor Ford said yesterday, ‘I didn’t know that you would be willing to come to me.’

“The email interactions between this committee and her lawyers: ‘My staff would still welcome the opportunity to speak with Dr. Ford at any time, at any place convenient to her. Come to us, or we to you. I’m willing to have my staff travel to California, or anywhere else, to obtain her testimony.’ September the nineteenth.

“Well, that wouldn’t fit in the plan. It wouldn’t be public, and it would get over with sooner than people wanted.”

The committee repeated the offer in a letter to Ford’s attorneys, which has been publicly posted on its Senate website since September 19th.

Sen. Graham, noting his years of experience as a lawyer, called for an investigation into how, and why, this offer was not clearly explained to Ford by her attorneys:

“I don’t know what to believe, but I tend to believe that Dr. Ford did not know about this invitation. Now, I’ve been a lawyer most of my adult life, and somebody needs to ask the question to her lawyers: How could she not know about this?

“Are you beginning to understand what’s been going on for a very long time in this case?

“It’s not that hard to figure out.”

As reported on Wednesday, Ford’s counsel actually objected when she was asked whether or not the committee’s offer was ever communicated to her:

Question: “Was it communicated to you by your counsel or someone else that the committee had asked to interview you, and that they offered to come out to California to do so?”

Counsel: “I'm going to object, Mr. Chairman, to any call for privilege conversation between counsel and Dr. Ford.”

Question: “Could you validate that the offer was made, without her saying a word? Is it possible for that question to be answered without violating any counsel relationships?

Ford: “Can I say something to you? Do you mind if I say something to you directly? I just appreciate that you did offer that. I wasn't clear on what the offer was. If you were going to come out to see me, I would have happily hosted you and been happy to speak with you out there. I just did not -- it was not clear to me that that was the case.”

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