WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is casting doubt on the willingness of a college professor to speak publicly about her sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
Attorneys for Christine Blasey Ford told the Senate Judiciary Committee she would be willing to appear next week. But they want to set up a time later Saturday to keep discussing the terms of her appearance.
The official claimed it was a "clever way" to continue negotiations "without committing to anything."
The official was not authorized to speak publicly about ongoing negotiations and spoke on condition of anonymity.
Again, people are overreading a letter from Dr. Ford's lawyer. The email says she is willing to "provide her firsthand knowledge" to the committee -- that doesn't necessarily mean an open hearing in DC -- and it still says they need to work out some terms, so it's not final.— Josh Barro (@jbarro) September 22, 2018
The White House response shows a fresh willingness to attack Ford, coming after a series of critical comments from President Donald Trump the day before about her