Lawyer: Kavanaugh accuser is willing to testify publicly to Senate Judiciary Committee

Lawyer: Kavanaugh accuser is willing to testify publicly to Senate Judiciary Committee
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The attorney representing the woman who is accusing President TrumpDonald John TrumpBill Kristol resurfaces video of Pence calling Obama executive action on immigration a 'profound mistake' ACLU says planned national emergency declaration is 'clear abuse of presidential power' O'Rourke says he'd 'absolutely' take down border wall near El Paso if he could MORE's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, of sexual misconduct said Monday that her client is willing to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee. 

"She is. She’s willing to do whatever it takes to get her story forth, yes," Debra Katz, who is representing Christine Blasey Ford, said on NBC's "Today" show on Monday. 

Katz said during a separate interview on CNN that she has not been approached about testifying.

"We've heard from no one," she said on "New Day."

Katz's appearances come just a day after Ford, a California psychology professor, came forward publicly to The Washington Post and detailed her allegations against Kavanaugh for the first time. 

Ford, now 51, has claimed that Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed one summer while they were in high school in the 1980s. She said to the Post that Kavanaugh "groped her over her clothes, grinding his body against hers and clumsily attempting to pull off her one-piece bathing suit and the clothing she wore over it."

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Kavanaugh has fiercely denied this accusation. But the charges have led many senators to voice concerns about his confirmation vote moving forward before his accuser is heard from. 

Katz added on CNN that it is not Ford's "job" to corroborate her allegations.

"If this is going to be investigated, it should be done by investigators," she said.

She also aggressively pushed back against the charge that Ford’s accusation against Kavanaugh was politically motivated.

“No one in their right mind, regardless of their motive, would want to inject themselves into this process and face the kind of annihilation that she will be subjected to by those who want this nominee to go through,” Katz said told NBC. “This is not a politically motivated action. In fact, she was quite reluctant to come forward.”

Katz also noted that Ford believes that she would’ve been raped if Kavanaugh were not heavily intoxicated.

“She clearly considers this an attempted rape,” Katz said. “She believes that if it were not for the severe intoxication of Brett Kavanaugh, she would’ve been raped.”

Bloomberg News reported on Sunday that Trump has no intention of dropping Kavanaugh's nomination. The White House is also planning on trying to discredit Ford, according to the news outlet.

Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleySenate approves border bill that prevents shutdown Grassley raises voice after McConnell interrupts Senate speech Senate confirms Trump pick William Barr as new attorney general MORE (R-Iowa) said that he is trying to set up separate phone calls with Kavanaugh and Ford before a scheduled confirmation vote.

Meanwhile, several senators, including Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerSasse’s jabs at Trump spark talk of primary challenger RNC votes to give Trump 'undivided support' ahead of 2020 Sen. Risch has unique chance to guide Trump on foreign policy MORE (R-Tenn.) and Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeTrump suggests Heller lost reelection bid because he was 'hostile' during 2016 presidential campaign Live coverage: Trump delivers State of the Union Sasse’s jabs at Trump spark talk of primary challenger MORE (R-Ariz.), have called for the vote to be postponed until Ford's accusations are heard by the Judiciary Committee. Both GOP senators have been critical of Trump and are not seeking reelection.

The White House wants to avoid a public hearing, but is open to a confidential inquiry, according to Bloomberg.

--Updated at 10:07 a.m.