IMF’s Christine Lagarde postpones trip to the Middle East

International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde has postponed her trip to the Middle East, according to an IMF statement on Wednesday. “The Managing Director’s previously scheduled trip to the Middle East region is being deferred,” an IMF spokesperson said. He was last seen on Oct. 2 when he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Turkish officials told media outlets that Khashoggi was killed and dismembered with a bone saw inside the consulate. He is due to fly to the Turkish c


International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde has postponed her trip to the Middle East, according to an IMF statement on Wednesday. “The Managing Director’s previously scheduled trip to the Middle East region is being deferred,” an IMF spokesperson said. He was last seen on Oct. 2 when he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Turkish officials told media outlets that Khashoggi was killed and dismembered with a bone saw inside the consulate. He is due to fly to the Turkish c
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IMF's Christine Lagarde postpones trip to the Middle East

International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde has postponed her trip to the Middle East, according to an IMF statement on Wednesday.

Lagarde’s visit to the region included attending the Future Investment Initiative, also known as “Davos in the Desert,” in Saudi Arabia. The conference is scheduled for Oct. 23 to 25.

“The Managing Director’s previously scheduled trip to the Middle East region is being deferred,” an IMF spokesperson said. The IMF did not give a reason for the postponement. CNBC has reached out to the IMF for clarification.

The investing event in Riyadh has seen mounting cancellations since the disappearance and suspected killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. Turkish officials allege that he was murdered by a team of Saudi operatives, but Riyadh has fiercely denied the claim.

Media outlets including CNBC, Financial Times, CNN and The New York Times have also withdrawn from the event, citing concerns about Khashoggi’s disappearance.

Several prominent business leaders have also said they will not be attending the event, including J.P. Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, BlackRock CEO Larry Fink, Blackstone CEO Stephen Schwarzman and Mastercard CEO Ajay Banga.

Last week, Lagarde told reporters at the IMF and World Bank annual meetings in Bali, Indonesia, that while she was “horrified” at the disappearance and suspected killing of Khashoggi, she was still planning to attend the conference in Riyadh.

“I have to conduct the business of IMF in all corners of the world, and with many governments,” she said at that time. “When I visit a country, I always speak my mind. You know me, I do. At this point in time, my intention is to not change my plan and to be very attentive to the information that is coming out in the next few days, but I speak my mind.”

Khashoggi, who had been living in the United States as a voluntary exile from Saudi Arabia, was a prominent critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the Saudi royal family. He was last seen on Oct. 2 when he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Turkish officials told media outlets that Khashoggi was killed and dismembered with a bone saw inside the consulate. The Saudi government has denied those allegations.

An official told the Associated Press on Tuesday that a police search of the consulate found evidence that Khashoggi was slain there.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed and Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir in Riyadh on Tuesday to discuss the matter. He is due to fly to the Turkish capital of Ankara on Wednesday to meet Turkish officials.


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IMF Christine Lagarde on Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance, Saudi Arabia

BALI, Indonesia — Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, said she is “horrified” at the disappearance and suspected killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi but still plans to attend a conference in Saudi Arabia later this month. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told CNBC on Friday that he, too, still plans to attend FII. “We are concerned about what is the status of Mr. Khashoggi,” Mnuchin told CNBC. Saudi Arabia has denied wrongdoing. Khashoggi had been liv


BALI, Indonesia — Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, said she is “horrified” at the disappearance and suspected killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi but still plans to attend a conference in Saudi Arabia later this month. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told CNBC on Friday that he, too, still plans to attend FII. “We are concerned about what is the status of Mr. Khashoggi,” Mnuchin told CNBC. Saudi Arabia has denied wrongdoing. Khashoggi had been liv
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IMF Christine Lagarde on Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance, Saudi Arabia

BALI, Indonesia — Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, said she is “horrified” at the disappearance and suspected killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi but still plans to attend a conference in Saudi Arabia later this month.

“Human rights, freedom of information are essential rights. And horrifying things have been reported and I am horrified,” she told reporters on Saturday in Bali, Indonesia, where the IMF and World Bank are conducting their annual meetings.

“But I have to conduct the business of IMF in all corners of the world, and with many governments,” she added. “When I visit a country, I always speak my mind. You know me, I do. At this point in time, my intention is to not change my plan and to be very attentive to the information that is coming out in the next few days, but I speak my mind.”

Lagarde was responding to a question on whether she will proceed with her planned visit to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to attend the Future Investment Initiative, also known as “Davos in the Desert,” which is scheduled for Oct. 23 to 25.

Several luminaries and media outlets — including CNBC, Financial Times, CNN and The New York Times — have withdrawn from the event, citing concerns about the disappearance of Khashoggi and his alleged murder.

Lagarde is not the only one who is going ahead with attending the conference. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told CNBC on Friday that he, too, still plans to attend FII.

“We are concerned about what is the status of Mr. Khashoggi,” Mnuchin told CNBC. “If more information comes out and changes, we could look at that, but I am planning on going.”

Khashoggi, a critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the Saudi royal family, was last seen Oct. 2 when he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Saudi Arabia has denied wrongdoing. Turkey has reportedly informed the U.S. that it has video and audio evidence showing Khashoggi, who wrote for The Washington Post, was killed inside the consulate.

Khashoggi had been living in the United States as a voluntary exile from Saudi Arabia.

Several senators, led by Republicans Bob Corker and Lindsey Graham, have triggered a U.S. investigation into Khashoggi’s whereabouts. The White House has said senior administration officials, including President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and top advisor Jared Kushner and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, have been in contact with the crown prince regarding the journalist’s disappearance.

— CNBC’s Mike Calia contributed reporting.


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‘I would not associate Jay Powell with craziness,’ says IMF’s Christine Lagarde

International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde said Thursday she “would not associate” U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell “with craziness.” “I would not associate Jay Powell with craziness. Lagarde made the comment in response to a question from CNBC’s Geoff Cutmore about U.S. President Donald Trump. I think the Fed has gone crazy,” the president said after walking off Air Force One in Erie, Pennsylvania for a rally. Lagarde added: “All over the world, it is certainly a


International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde said Thursday she “would not associate” U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell “with craziness.” “I would not associate Jay Powell with craziness. Lagarde made the comment in response to a question from CNBC’s Geoff Cutmore about U.S. President Donald Trump. I think the Fed has gone crazy,” the president said after walking off Air Force One in Erie, Pennsylvania for a rally. Lagarde added: “All over the world, it is certainly a
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'I would not associate Jay Powell with craziness,' says IMF's Christine Lagarde

International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde said Thursday she “would not associate” U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell “with craziness.”

“I would not associate Jay Powell with craziness. No, no, he comes across, and members of his board, as extremely serious, solid and certainly keen to base their decisions on actual information, and decide to communicate that properly,” she said, speaking to CNBC at the IMF and World Bank annual meetings in Bali, Indonesia.

Lagarde made the comment in response to a question from CNBC’s Geoff Cutmore about U.S. President Donald Trump. The American leader knocked the Fed on Wednesday for continuing to raise interest rates despite some recent market turbulence.

“I think the Fed is making a mistake. They are so tight. I think the Fed has gone crazy,” the president said after walking off Air Force One in Erie, Pennsylvania for a rally.

Lagarde added: “All over the world, it is certainly a good principle to have independence of the central banks and of the central bank governors. Certainly we have advocated that in all countries, and I think that the Fed is no exception.”


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Global growth is ‘probably not enough’ to withstand a trade war, IMF’s Christine Lagarde warns

The global economy, while still growing, has hit a plateau and may not be strong enough to withstand rising trade tensions, International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde said Thursday. The IMF earlier this week cut its forecast for global growth to 3.7 percent this year and next year — down 0.2 percentage points from an earlier estimate. The downward revisions mean that the global economy would grow by the same rate for three consecutive years starting 2017. “Moreover, so


The global economy, while still growing, has hit a plateau and may not be strong enough to withstand rising trade tensions, International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde said Thursday. The IMF earlier this week cut its forecast for global growth to 3.7 percent this year and next year — down 0.2 percentage points from an earlier estimate. The downward revisions mean that the global economy would grow by the same rate for three consecutive years starting 2017. “Moreover, so
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Global growth is 'probably not enough' to withstand a trade war, IMF's Christine Lagarde warns

The global economy, while still growing, has hit a plateau and may not be strong enough to withstand rising trade tensions, International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde said Thursday.

The IMF earlier this week cut its forecast for global growth to 3.7 percent this year and next year — down 0.2 percentage points from an earlier estimate. The downward revisions mean that the global economy would grow by the same rate for three consecutive years starting 2017.

“The real question is: Is the economy strong enough? To that, my answer is ‘probably not enough’ because we clearly see growth has plateaued three years in a row — it is at 3.7 percent — and we also see that growth is unevenly allocated around the world,” Lagarde told reporters at the IMF and World Bank annual meetings in Bali, Indonesia.

“Moreover, some of the risks that we have highlighted at our spring meetings in April have now begun to materialize, especially from the rising trade barriers,” she added. “If these tensions were to escalate, the global economy would take a significant hit.”

In addition to the hit to economic growth prospects, worsening trade tensions could also trigger another global financial crisis, the IMF said earlier this week.

Lagarde said the best response to the ongoing tensions is to “de-escalate, fix the system, don’t break it.” She added that the casualties won’t just be the U.S. and China — the two largest economies in the world in the center of the current tariff fight – but also countries that are part of the global supply chain and suppliers of raw materials to manufacturers involved in the dispute.


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Trump mocks Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford’s account of her alleged sexual assault

Following the rally, Ford’s lawyer, Michael Bromwich responded to the president’s attack on his client with a tweet, calling Trump’s remarks “vicious, vile and soulless.” “Is it any wonder that she was terrified to come forward, and that other sexual assault survivors are as well?” Kavanaugh has strenuously denied Ford’s accusation, as well as at least one other credible allegation of sexual misconduct made by a female classmate of his at Yale University. In the Oval Office on Friday, Trump told


Following the rally, Ford’s lawyer, Michael Bromwich responded to the president’s attack on his client with a tweet, calling Trump’s remarks “vicious, vile and soulless.” “Is it any wonder that she was terrified to come forward, and that other sexual assault survivors are as well?” Kavanaugh has strenuously denied Ford’s accusation, as well as at least one other credible allegation of sexual misconduct made by a female classmate of his at Yale University. In the Oval Office on Friday, Trump told
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Trump mocks Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford's account of her alleged sexual assault

Following the rally, Ford’s lawyer, Michael Bromwich responded to the president’s attack on his client with a tweet, calling Trump’s remarks “vicious, vile and soulless.”

“Is it any wonder that she was terrified to come forward, and that other sexual assault survivors are as well?” wrote Bromwich.

Until Tuesday, the president had been largely respectful of Ford in public, even as her allegation caused Kavanaugh’s confirmation vote to be delayed in order to give the FBI an opportunity to investigate it. Kavanaugh has strenuously denied Ford’s accusation, as well as at least one other credible allegation of sexual misconduct made by a female classmate of his at Yale University.

In the Oval Office on Friday, Trump told reporters he thought Ford’s testimony the day before had been “very compelling. She looks like a very fine woman to me, very fine woman.”

Yet even as Trump attacked Ford on Tuesday, presumably in order to benefit Kavanaugh, he also appeared to distance himself from the nominee later on in the rally. “I don’t even know him. I met him for the first time a few weeks ago. It’s not like I want to protect my friend,” Trump said of Kavanaugh, whom he nominated to the Supreme Court in early July.

The president’s apparent anger at Ford may also have been a reflection of other frustrations for the president, including a major investigation by The New York Times, published Tuesday, into how Trump and his siblings used aggressive tax avoidance strategies to transfer the real estate fortune of their father, Fred Trump, to their own generation.

A White House response to the Times story Tuesday night read, in part, “Fred Trump has been gone for nearly twenty years and it’s sad to witness this misleading attack against the Trump family by the failing New York Times. Many decades ago the IRS reviewed and signed off on these transactions.”


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FBI does not plan to interview Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford

“Despite these efforts, we have received no response from anyone involved in this investigation, and no response to our offer for Dr. Ford to be interviewed,” the lawyers wrote. “This afternoon, we learned of media reports that the FBI does not intend to interview either Dr. Ford or Judge Kavanaugh.” The White House has told the FBI to finish by Friday. President Donald Trump on Monday had said: “I imagine they’re going to interview two women,” Ford and another Kavanaugh accuser, Deborah Ramirez


“Despite these efforts, we have received no response from anyone involved in this investigation, and no response to our offer for Dr. Ford to be interviewed,” the lawyers wrote. “This afternoon, we learned of media reports that the FBI does not intend to interview either Dr. Ford or Judge Kavanaugh.” The White House has told the FBI to finish by Friday. President Donald Trump on Monday had said: “I imagine they’re going to interview two women,” Ford and another Kavanaugh accuser, Deborah Ramirez
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FBI does not plan to interview Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford

Lawyers for Christine Blasey Ford, the first of three women who last month publicly accused embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, blasted the FBI on Tuesday after reports it will not interview her — or Kavanugh — as part of a re-opened background check

The lawyers, Michael Bromwich and Debra Katz, in a letter to the FBI, said that since Friday they have offered the bureau’s agents a sit-down with Ford, identified witnesses and evidence and asked for the identity of the agent in charge of the probe.

“Despite these efforts, we have received no response from anyone involved in this investigation, and no response to our offer for Dr. Ford to be interviewed,” the lawyers wrote. “This afternoon, we learned of media reports that the FBI does not intend to interview either Dr. Ford or Judge Kavanaugh.”

“We hope this reporting is inaccurate. It is inconceivable that the FBI could conduct a thorough investigation of Dr. Ford’s allegations without interviewing her, Judge Kavanaugh, or the witnesses we have identified in our letters to you,” the letter said.

A source told NBC News that the White House, which has set the parameters for a reopened background check into Kavanaugh, felt that Ford’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee last Thursday made an interview with the FBI unnecessary.

Also Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal, citing Republican aides on Capitol Hill,, said the FBI’s probe of alleged sexual misconduct by Kavanugh could end late Tuesday or early Wednesday. The White House has told the FBI to finish by Friday.

FBI agents on Tuesday completed the second day of an interview with Kavanaugh’s high school friend Mark Judge. Ford has said Judge was in the room when Kavanaugh, then 17 years old, allegedly tried to rape Ford, who was 15 years old.

Judge previously has said he has no memory of such an incident. Kavanaugh has strongly denied Ford’s claims as well as those by two other women.

President Donald Trump on Monday had said: “I imagine they’re going to interview two women,” Ford and another Kavanaugh accuser, Deborah Ramirez. And Trump added, “It wouldn’t bother me at all” if they also interviewed a third accuser, Julie Swetnick.

Later Monday, the White House authorized the FBI to expand its probe “by interviewing anyone it deems necessary as long as the review is finished by the end of the week.”

The FBI interviewed Ramirez on Sunday, two days after the White House ordered the FBI to reopen its background check of Kavanaugh. Ramirez says that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her during a drunken party at Yale College.

Before the White House instructed the FBI to expand its probe, the agency had been told by the White House to interview just four witnesses, one of whom was Ramirez.

The others were Judge, Leland Keyser and Patrick Smyth, three other people Ford had said were at a small gathering in a private house in suburban Maryland in the early 1980s at which she said Kavanaugh attacked her.

Smyth’s lawyer, Eric Bruce, said in a prepared statement Monday: “Smyth has fully cooperated with the FBI investigation in this matter.”

“He truthfully answered every question the FBI asked him and, consistent with the information he previously provided to the Senate Judiciary Committee, he indicated that he has no knowledge of the small party or gathering described by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford nor does he have any knowledge of the allegations of improper conduct she has leveled against Brett Kavanaugh,” Bruce said.

Keyser spoke with the FBI on Saturday, according to her lawyer, Howard Walsh.

Walsh previously told investigators for Republicans on the Judiciary Committee that Keyser “has no recollection of ever being at a party or gathering where he was present, with, or without, Dr. Ford.”

The third accuser, Swetnick, told NBC News in an interview aired Monday that Kavanaugh, at parties in the early 1980s, “was very aggressive — very sloppy drunk, very mean drunk. I saw him — go up to girls and paw on them … get a little too handsy, touching them in private parts.”

Swetnick’s lawyer, Michael Avenatti, has said he has offered the FBI the opportunity to interview her but received no response.

Kavanaugh has likened Swetnick’s accusation to “The Twilight Zone.”

— CNBC’s Kevin Breuninger contributed to this report.


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How Christine Blasey Ford’s vulnerability shaped her credibility

The nation was transfixed Thursday as it watched Christine Blasey Ford testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee. At times, the testimony from Ford, an accomplished research psychologist, was raw and emotional. Moreover, Hill’s “strength and poise” did not have the same resonance as Ford’s vulnerability, reports the Atlantic. Vulnerability doesn’t always strengthen connections or credibility, our experts warn. To establish credibility, body language experts look for visual, vocal and verbal


The nation was transfixed Thursday as it watched Christine Blasey Ford testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee. At times, the testimony from Ford, an accomplished research psychologist, was raw and emotional. Moreover, Hill’s “strength and poise” did not have the same resonance as Ford’s vulnerability, reports the Atlantic. Vulnerability doesn’t always strengthen connections or credibility, our experts warn. To establish credibility, body language experts look for visual, vocal and verbal
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How Christine Blasey Ford's vulnerability shaped her credibility

The nation was transfixed Thursday as it watched Christine Blasey Ford testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Ford was the first woman to come forward with an allegation of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. He denies the accusation.

At times, the testimony from Ford, an accomplished research psychologist, was raw and emotional. According to experts, being vulnerable can enhance your credibility and strengthen social bonds.

Ford appeared “visibly traumatized” by the testimony experience, the L.A. Times noted, a stark contrast to Anita Hill’s steely composure during the equally difficult 1991 Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings. Moreover, Hill’s “strength and poise” did not have the same resonance as Ford’s vulnerability, reports the Atlantic.

Research shows that displaying vulnerability elicits a deep emotional connection in others, particularly during painful moments. In fact, onlookers will often internalize other people’s emotions, feeling second-hand embarrassment after someone else’s cringe-worthy statement or sadness after a moving story. The same goes for vulnerability.

Vulnerability doesn’t always strengthen connections or credibility, our experts warn. The emotions must be authentic and track with the message being relayed, says executive communications specialist Mary Civiello.

“Sadness and despair are the most difficult emotions to fake,” adds Susan Constantine, a leading authority on body language and deception detection.

To establish credibility, body language experts look for visual, vocal and verbal consistency. While visual cues “speak louder than anything else,” the three must be in agreement, Civiello says.

Each of these qualities were in alignment with Ford’s testimony. Her hunched body resembled a “weeping willow,” says Constantine, which emphasized her weakened state. Ford became smaller and folded into herself, she explains. Generally, those who feel powerful and in control expand their upper body, widen their shoulders and use large grandiose gestures.

Ford’s eye contact was direct when answering questions, showing that she had nothing to hide. And while her voice was shaky at times, her words were clear. They did not sound robotic or rehearsed, but rather “heartfelt,” says Constantine. “These behavioral cues were all consistent with the words that were coming out of her mouth.”

Adds Civiello, there was “no hedging, no shades of grey.”

These authentic moments can help build true connections. Studies find that onlookers can tell when we’re projecting an emotion we don’t feel, leading to distrust and even discomfort. In the workplace, trust leads to improved employee performance and constructive behavior as well as honest feedback.

Ultimately, vulnerability is not about weakness but taking an emotional risk. Says the Harvard Business Review. “It implies the courage to be yourself.”

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Read Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford’s prepared testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee

Christine Blasey Ford, the first woman to come forward alleging that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her, will tell the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday that “I am no one’s pawn.” In her prepared testimony, released Wednesday night, Ford will provide new details about the incident she said took place at a high school gathering in Maryland more than three decades ago. When I did, Brett put his hand over my mouth to stop me from screaming,” Ford says in her prepared


Christine Blasey Ford, the first woman to come forward alleging that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her, will tell the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday that “I am no one’s pawn.” In her prepared testimony, released Wednesday night, Ford will provide new details about the incident she said took place at a high school gathering in Maryland more than three decades ago. When I did, Brett put his hand over my mouth to stop me from screaming,” Ford says in her prepared
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Read Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford's prepared testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee

Christine Blasey Ford, the first woman to come forward alleging that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her, will tell the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday that “I am no one’s pawn.”

In her prepared testimony, released Wednesday night, Ford will provide new details about the incident she said took place at a high school gathering in Maryland more than three decades ago.

“I believed he was going to rape me. I tried to yell for help. When I did, Brett put his hand over my mouth to stop me from screaming,” Ford says in her prepared testimony. “This was what terrified me the most, and has had the most lasting impact on my life.”

Kavanaugh has categorically denied Ford’s allegation, although he has said he believes she may have been sexually assaulted by somebody else. Trump has called Ford’s allegation “false,” and said that if it were “as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed.”

Two more women have come forward in recent days with allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh. He has denied all of them, calling them “smears.” The federal appeals court judge has committed not to withdraw his nomination.

In his testimony before the Judiciary Committee, Kavanaugh will call the allegations part of a “grotesque and obvious character assassination,” according to his prepared remarks.


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Christine Blasey Ford will testify about Brett Kavanaugh claim

The Senate Judiciary Committee will on Thursday hear the testimony of Christine Blasey Ford, a California professor who has accused U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of a decades-old incident of sexual assault. As a result of Ford’s testimony, a planned committee vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination has been postponed, according to a statement from the office of Judiciary Committee Chair, Iowa’s Charles Grassley. “We committed to moving forward with an open hearing on Thursday, Sept 27 at 10:


The Senate Judiciary Committee will on Thursday hear the testimony of Christine Blasey Ford, a California professor who has accused U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of a decades-old incident of sexual assault. As a result of Ford’s testimony, a planned committee vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination has been postponed, according to a statement from the office of Judiciary Committee Chair, Iowa’s Charles Grassley. “We committed to moving forward with an open hearing on Thursday, Sept 27 at 10:
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Christine Blasey Ford will testify about Brett Kavanaugh claim

The Senate Judiciary Committee will on Thursday hear the testimony of Christine Blasey Ford, a California professor who has accused U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of a decades-old incident of sexual assault.

Following protracted negotiations over whether and how Ford would appear before Senate representatives, the details came as her lawyers announced on Saturday she had agreed in principle, even as they blasted the committee leadership for “bullying” their client.

As a result of Ford’s testimony, a planned committee vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination has been postponed, according to a statement from the office of Judiciary Committee Chair, Iowa’s Charles Grassley.

Ford’s agreement brings an end to a stalemate that lasted for more than a week, and overshadowed President Donald Trump’s second selection for a high court vacancy. Meanwhile, a polarizing public debate — fueled largely by the “Me Too” movement of sexual harassment survivors — has converged with the politics surrounding the Supreme Court’s delicate ideological balance.

“We committed to moving forward with an open hearing on Thursday, Sept 27 at 10:00 am,” wrote Ford’s lawyers, in a statement. “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 Senate’s oversight body and Ford’s legal representatives had been locked in a standoff about the contours of her appearance before the committee. Indeed, several key details remained unresolved on Sunday, as Ford’s lawyers raised questions about whether other witnesses would be asked to appear, or who on the GOP side will be grilling Ford.

“We were told no decision has been made on this important issue, even though various senators have been dismissive of her account, and should have to shoulder their responsibility to ask her questions,” Ford’s representatives said. “We look forward to hearing back from the majority staff as soon as possible on these important matters.”


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Christine Blasey Ford, accuser of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, agrees to testify

Christine Blasey Ford, a California professor at the center of a sexual assault accusation against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, has agreed to testify to representatives of the Senate Judiciary Committee sometime next week, her lawyers said on Saturday. “But one thing has remained consistent: Brett Kavanaugh remains ready, willing and eager to testify as soon as possible,” White House spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said in the statement. In a letter, Ford’s lawyers suggested several stick


Christine Blasey Ford, a California professor at the center of a sexual assault accusation against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, has agreed to testify to representatives of the Senate Judiciary Committee sometime next week, her lawyers said on Saturday. “But one thing has remained consistent: Brett Kavanaugh remains ready, willing and eager to testify as soon as possible,” White House spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said in the statement. In a letter, Ford’s lawyers suggested several stick
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Christine Blasey Ford, accuser of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, agrees to testify

Christine Blasey Ford, a California professor at the center of a sexual assault accusation against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, has agreed to testify to representatives of the Senate Judiciary Committee sometime next week, her lawyers said on Saturday.

NBC News confirmed reports that both sides tentatively agreed to testify Thursday , although several details remained unsettled and an agreement may yet fall apart. Just as news was breaking about the potential hearing date, the White House released a statement saying “today we appear no closer to a fair hearing” after the back-and-forth between Ford’s lawyers and the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“But one thing has remained consistent: Brett Kavanaugh remains ready, willing and eager to testify as soon as possible,” White House spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said in the statement.

Ford’s appearance would put an end to a stalemate that’s lasted for several days, and engulfed Kavanaugh’s nomination in a firestorm of controversy. This week, the Senate Judiciary Committee’s ranking lawmaker threatened to advance a vote as early as Monday, in an ultimatum meant to compel Ford to tell her side of the story.

In a letter, Ford’s lawyers suggested several sticking points remained before their client would appear. The letter blasted the committee’s proposals for Ford’s testimony as “fundamentally inconsistent with the committee’s promise of a fair, impartial investigation into her allegations, and we are disappointed with the leaks and the bullying that have tainted the process,” wrote Debra Katz and Lisa Banks.

However, “we are hopeful that we can reach agreement on details,” they added.

The Senate’s oversight body and Ford’s representatives have been in a protracted negotiations for her to appear in person, but failed to agree to terms. Meanwhile, Democrats have made numerous attempts to stall Kavanaugh’s selection, with the GOP still holding a slim majority in the Senate.

Ford’s accusation has ricocheted through Washington, costing Kavanaugh public support and stalling his march to confirmation ahead of the hotly contested midterm elections. Democrats are seen holding an advantage, with Ford’s defenders and critics trading accusations of political motivations.

Sen. Charles Grassley, an Iowa Republican who chairs the Judiciary Committee, had been negotiating with Ford’s legal team about whether she would appear, and under what conditions.

The sparring between the two camps has been bitter, with Democrats accusing the GOP of rushing Kavanaugh’s nomination, while Republicans have walked a delicate line between giving Ford a fair hearing, and trying to get the seat filled ahead of midterms.

In a lengthy post on Twitter, Utah Republican Senator Orrin Hatch sought to rebut several claims raised by Ford’s defenders who have argued committee members have not been sympathetic to her plight. In response to conditions set by Ford’s legal team earlier this week, Hatch said that the Judiciary Committee staffers were willing to travel to California to hear her testimony, and have been willing to extend the deadline repeatedly.

“We are absolutely sympathetic to limitations with regard to travel, which is why Chairman Grassley has repeatedly offered to send staff directly to Dr. Ford in California, so that travel would not be necessary,” Hatch tweeted.

After the release of the latest letter from Ford’s attorneys, Hatch pointed out that the Senate committee members “are no closer to hearing from Dr Ford then we were when her lawyers said Dr. Ford was willing to testify during their media tour six days ago.”

Meanwhile, actions by key political players on both sides of the aisle have upped the stakes, and curdled the debate. California Senator Dianne Feinstein, the Judiciary Committee’s top Democrat, was the first to receive Ford’s initial letter but withheld it for months.

Feinstein has come under withering scrutiny for being secretive about disclosing the letter’s contents, after she referred it to federal investigators in a dramatic 11th hour bid to stall the nomination process.

Separately, President Donald Trump has gone on the offensive to defend Kavanaugh, and on Friday launched into a heated attack on Ford herself.

Below is the full text of the letter Ford’s legal team sent to Senate staffers:


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