Brett Kavanaugh's accuser Christine Blasey Ford 'commits to moving forward,' will testify Thursday

Christine Blasey Ford has agreed to testify at an open hearing Thursday regarding her sexual assault accusation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, her lawyers said in a letter Sunday.

“Despite actual threats to her safety and her life, Dr. Ford believes it is important for Senators to hear directly from her about the sexual assault committed against her,” the letter, from Debra S. Katz, Lisa J. Banks and Michael R. Bromwich, read.

The letter said Ford has agreed to move forward with the hearing despite the fact that the Senate Judiciary Committee has refused to subpoena Mark Judge, an alleged witness to the incident.

Ford, 51, has accused a “stumbling drunk” Kavanaugh of pinning her to a bed and groping her during a Maryland house party in the early 1980s.

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She says it was only when Judge entered the room and jumped on the bed that the trio tumbled to the floor and she was able to escape.

Judge has said that he has no memory of the incident, and does not remember the party Ford described.

The letter also said the Committee has refused to invite other potential witnesses that would make for a fair hearing.

“A number of important procedural and logistical issues remain unresolved, although they will not impede the hearing taking place,” Ford’s legal team wrote, noting that they were mainly referring to the fact that they do not know if it will be senators or staff attorneys asking questions on the Majority side.

The open hearing is set for Thursday at 10 a.m.

Ford’s lawyers said Thursday she was willing to testify and would be prepared to do so under oath so long as the conditions were “fair” and the senators could “ensure her safety,” as the Palo Alto University professor and research psychologist has received death threats since taking her claims public last week.

Kavanaugh, 53, has denied all allegations. The committee confirmation vote on his nomination was set for last week, but was postponed indefinitely in light of Ford’s allegations.