Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford tentatively agrees to testify Thursday

WASHINGTON – Dr. Christine Blasey Ford has tentatively agreed to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday about her allegations of sexual assault by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, according to a source with knowledge of the talks.

The agreement, while still not set in stone, caps off a week of dizzying negotiations that have cast a spotlight on the California college professor’s life and raised doubts about Kavanaugh’s future on the nation’s highest court.

Much of the details surrounding Ford’s testimony are still unknown but it appears Republicans may have offered some leniency on the date of her testimony. Ford had originally offered to appear no earlier than Thursday but Republicans pushed for a Wednesday appearance. The Associated Press reported that Kavanaugh, too, was expected to testify on Thursday.

Earlier Saturday, Ford’s attorney told the committee she agreed to testify but wanted to continue negotiating the details. It wasn’t until about 8:30 p.m. that a tentative date was released.

“Dr. Ford accepts the committee’s request to provide her first-hand knowledge of Brett Kavanaugh’s sexual misconduct next week,” Ford’s attorney Debra Katz wrote to the committee leadership staff Saturday afternoon.

The letter did not spell out precisely under what conditions Ford would testify. And it suggested that key sticking points remained unresolved.

“We are hopeful that we can reach agreement on details,” Katz wrote.

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