Dr. Ford’s Lawyer: ‘We’re Going To Object, Mr. Chairman’

SEN. GRAHAM: ‘[Dr. Ford] Didn’t Know That The Committee Was Willing To Go To California Again.’

SEN. COTTON: ‘They Pointed to Her Lawyers Who…Did Not Tell Her That The Staff Was Willing To Go To California’


SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM (R-SC): “I’m shocked not one media outlet is reporting that during the hearing, [Dr. Ford] didn’t know that the committee was willing to go to California again.  If the shoe were on the other foot, the Republicans had done this, we would be destroyed. We would be under ethical investigation.” (ABC’s “This Week,” 9/30/2018)

SEN. TOM COTTON (R-AR): “There is a well-established process of confidentiality on the committee.  Dianne Feinstein could have showed that to Chuck Grassley, shared it with the FBI who could have discretely conducted this in July and in august without betraying Ms. Ford’s confidences. They pointed her to lawyers who lied to her and did not tell her that the staff was willing to go to California...   (CBS’ “Face The Nation,” 9/30/2018)


Dr. Ford’s Lawyers Didn’t Tell Her That The Judiciary Committee Offered To Interview Her In California

SEN. CHUCK GRASSLEY (R-IA), Judiciary Committee Chairman: “Dr. Ford. I’m going to correct the record but it’s not something that I’m saying that you stated wrongly because you may not know the fact that when you said that you didn’t think it was possible for us to go to California as a committee or our investigators to go to California to talk to you, we did, in fact, offer that to you and we had the capability of doing it and we would’ve done it anywhere or anytime.” (U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing, 9/27/2018)


RACHEL MITCHELL: “[I]t’s been reported by the press that you would not submit to an interview with the committee because of your fear of flying. Is that true?”

DR. FORD: “Well, I was willing -- I was hoping that they would come to me, but then I realized that was an unrealistic request.… So that was certainly what I was hoping, was to avoid having to get on an airplane, but I eventually was able to get up the gumption with the help of some friends, and get on the plane.”

MITCHELL: “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?”

MICHAEL BROMWICH, Counsel for Dr. Ford: “We’re going to object, Mr. Chairman, to any call for privileged conversations between counsel and Dr. Ford. It’s a privileged conversation...”

DR. FORD: “Can I say something to you -- do you mind if I say something to you directly?”


DR. FORD: “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 had you -- had been happy to speak with you out there. I just did not -- it wasn’t clear to me that that was the case.”

(U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing, 9/27/2018)



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