Chuck Grassley: Kavanaugh accuser has not yet agreed to testify

Frederick Owens
September 19, 2018

A high school classmate who claims to remember an "incident" involving Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford said on Wednesday that she may not come forward because she has been overwhelmed by media requests. "I think it's a very unfair thing what's going on", Trump told reporters on Tuesday.

"I really want to see her", Trump said.

Ford says she doesn't want to publicly testify until the Federal Bureau of Investigation adds to Kavanaugh's background check by investigating her allegation.

At a minimum, given the allegation and the stakes, the senators who have to decide whether Kavanaugh is fit to sit on the court should not only get to hear directly from both Ford and Kavanaugh, but also to ask questions of both of them as well. "And we want to get it over with", Trump said.

"I really want to see her", Mr Trump said.

However, The Post reported: 'She told no one at the time what had happened to her. "Now, just one week after Christine Blasey Ford shared her story, Republicans want to repeat past mistakes", Feinstein charged, "rushing the process to hold a hearing".

"Not after the sexual charges", said Jeffrey Schmidt, 56, from Colorado, who opposes President Trump and his policies. Republicans - Trump included - say it's not the FBI's role to investigate Ford's claims.

Ford says a drunken Kavanaugh assaulted her decades ago when they were teenagers. The FBI could interview Ford, Kavanaugh and others about the allegation if Trump asked the bureau to reopen its background investigation, but the president has rejected that idea, saying the FBI has already done its work. Chuck Grassley (Ed wrote about it here) complaining about threats she has received and about the public hearing scheduled for Monday. All 10 Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee sent a letter on Tuesday to FBI Director Christopher Wray and White House counsel Don McGahn arguing that the FBI should conduct an investigation prior to a hearing.

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Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said he had "a lot of questions" for Kavanaugh.

The confirmation fight comes just weeks before November 6 congressional elections in which Democrats seek to win control of Congress from Trump's fellow Republicans.

Then-White House deputy press secretary Judy Smith said in a statement published by Newsday on October 6, 1991, that Hill's allegations of harassment were "brought to the attention of the Judiciary Committee" on September 23 - a time frame that differs from Hill's account - and the committee "immediately" informed the White House.

President Trump said Wednesday that it was hard to believe the sexual assault accusation against Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh was true. Dianne Feinstein of California, the top Judiciary Committee Democrat.

"I am issuing this statement today to make it clear to all involved that I have no knowledge of the party in question; nor do I have any knowledge of the allegations of improper conduct she has leveled against Brett Kavanaugh". "GOP Senators should understand that the political cost of defeating Mr. Kavanaugh will likely include the loss of the Senate", the piece reads. Judge says he won't appear before the committee.

The public accusation led Grassley on Monday to announce that the committee would convene next Monday to give both Kavanaugh and Ford the opportunity to publicly testify, as both had indicated a willingness to do so. "It demands a thorough and independent investigation before the Senate can reasonably vote on Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to a lifetime seat on the nation's highest court".

"As a result of these kind of threats, her family was forced to relocate out of their home". It investigated Anita Hill's allegations of sexual harassment against Clarence Thomas.

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