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Christine Blasey Ford's Lawyer Slams Republicans and Says 'Multiple Witnesses' Should Testify on Kavanaugh Allegations

Republicans are giving Brett Kavanaugh's accuser an ultimatum.

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A lawyer for Christine Blasey Ford, the California professor accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of attempted rape, denounced the Senate Republicans' ultimatum on Wednesday after they demanded that Ford testify Monday or give up her opportunity to be heard as a part of the confirmation process.

Several Senate Republicans implied Wednesday that if she refuses to testify, they will move to bring Kavanaugh's nomination to a vote.

The statement from Lisa Banks said there were multiple witnesses who should be called to testify in the hearing:

Dr. Ford was reluctantly thrust into the public spotlight only two days ago. She is currently unable to go home, and is receiving ongoing threats to her and her family’s safety. Fairness and respect for her situation dictate that she should have time to deal with this. She continues to believe that a full nonpartisan investigation of this matter is needed and she is willing to cooperate with the Committee. However, the Committee’s stated plan to move forward with a hearing that has only two witnesses is not a fair or good faith investigation; there are multiple witnesses whose names have appeared publicly and should be included in any proceeding. The rush to a hearing is unnecessary, and contrary to the Committee discovering the truth.

Though Ford has requested an FBI investigation into her case instead of agreeing to the Monday hearing, it is not yet clear whether she will agree to testify if given no other options.

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Cody Fenwick is a reporter and editor. Follow him on Twitter @codytfenwick.