- The Washington Times - Friday, September 21, 2018

The lawyers for psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her 36 years ago, have backed out of a fundraiser for Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin after their involvement became public.

Debra Katz and Lisa Banks were listed as headliners for a “cocktails and conversation” event for Ms. Baldwin on Oct. 1 in Washington, according to an invite sent Thursday. A source familiar with the matter told CNN that it was slated to take place at their law firm Katz, Marshall & Banks.

After CNN reached out to the attorneys, Ms. Katz informed the outlet that the event was being canceled.

“The short answer is this: We did a fundraiser for Sen. Baldwin six years ago when we ran for the Senate, we supported her then,” Ms. Katz said. “We are not going to be doing a fundraiser now. We’re going to be focused on the issues involving the Kavanaugh confirmation process.”

A campaign spokesman said the event was scheduled before Ms. Ford’s accusation became public and that the “old invite” was mistakenly sent out.

“The event was scheduled before Dr. Ford made the allegations,” the spokesman told CNN. “Dr. Ford’s lawyers are no longer involved in the event.”

Ms. Ford has accused Judge Kavanaugh of trying to rape her at a party when they were both in high school — a claim the judge strongly denies. Ms. Ford is considering testifying next week before the Senate Judiciary Committee and has set forth several conditions she wants to be met before she does so, including that Judge Kavanaugh not be in the room when she testifies, and that he testifies before she does.

A spokesman for Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley said the senator “remains committed to providing a fair forum” and would discuss the conditions with the committee.

Judge Kavanaugh has vowed to appear at the committee hearing next week “so that I can clear my name.”

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