Will Christine Blasey Ford Testify? Lawyer Slams Senate Plan to Use 'Sex Crimes Prosecutor'

Doubt has been cast over whether Christine Blasey Ford will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday after her legal team sent a letter to Chairman Chuck Grassley railing against the Republican's decision to hire an "experienced sex crimes prosecutor" for the hearing.

Both Ford and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh are slated to appear before the committee to provide their testimonies on Ford's accusation that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a house party in the summer of 1982, when both were still in high school.

However, Ford's legal team said an apparent decision to bring in outside counsel was neither "fair" or "respectful."

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In a letter to Grassley, Ford's lawyer, Michael Bromwich, said: "This is not a criminal trial for which the involvement of an experienced sex crimes prosecutor would be appropriate," according to CNN.

"Neither Dr. Blasey Ford nor Judge Kavanaugh is on trial. The goal should be to develop the relevant facts, not try a case," Bromwich said.

Bromwich said Ford's legal team had yet to even be made aware of who the outside counsel would be, asserting that the "hearing plan" did not appear to be "designed to provide Dr. Blasey Ford with fair and respectful treatment."

"In our view, the hiring of an unnamed 'experienced sex crimes prosecutor'…is contrary to the Majority's repeated emphasis on the need for the Senate and this Committee's members to fulfill their constitutional obligations," Bromwich wrote.

"It is also inconsistent with your stated wish to avoid a 'circus,' as well as Dr. Blasey Ford's repeated requests through counsel that senators conduct the questioning. This is not a criminal trial for which the involvement of an experienced sex crimes prosecutor would be appropriate," he said.

Ford's legal team has requested that the judiciary committee share the identity and résumé of the sex crimes prosecutor it plans on including in the hearing.

Bromwich also hit out at a Senate floor speech delivered by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday, in which McConnell called the fallout over Ford's allegations a "shameful smear campaign. Even by the far left's standards, this shameful, shameful smear campaign has hit a new low."

In his letter to Grassley, Bromwich said the Senate majority leader's comments were "difficult to reconcile" with a previous letter sent to Ford's legal team from the judiciary committee calling for a "fair and credible process."

"You said in your letter that you intend to provide a 'fair and credible process' that provides Dr. Blasey Ford 'fair and respectful treatment,'" Bromwich wrote.

"The Majority Leader dismissed Dr. Ford's experience as a 'smear campaign,' claiming mistakenly that the witnesses' statements to the Committee constitute 'a complete lack of evidence,' implying that there has been a thorough investigation."

Ford's legal team and a number of Democratic senators have made repeated calls for the FBI to launch an investigation into Ford's allegations, to no avail.

Kavanaugh has denied Ford's accusations, in addition to denying fresh allegations that emerged this week, in which Deborah Ramirez accused the Supreme Court nominee of having thrust his genitals in her face at a party in the 1980s.