Kavanaugh Accuser Demands FBI Inquiry Before Testimony
A woman accusing President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of attempting to rape her long ago has called for an FBI investigation before she will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
In a letter addressed to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, lawyers for Dr. Christine Blasey Ford argued, “A full investigation by law enforcement officials will ensure that the crucial facts and witnesses in this matter are assessed in a non-partisan manner, and that the Committee is fully informed before conducting any hearing or making any decisions.”
The letter says that since her name became public, the 51 year-old clinical psychology professor has received death threats, forcing her family to relocate out of their home. Her email has been hacked, and she has been impersonated online.
Citing the difficulty to appear for a public hearing “at the same table as Judge Kavanaugh in front of two dozen U.S. Senators on national television to relive this traumatic and harrowing incident,” Ford’s attorneys said, “No sexual assault survivor should be subjected to such an ordeal.”
In an article published in the Washington Post on Sunday, Ford accused Kavanaugh of trying to rape her on the sidelines of a party in Maryland more than three decades ago, when they were teenagers.
Kavanaugh, 53, has “categorically and unequivocally” denied Ford’s claims and the White House and Trump have stood by him.
Responding to the letter, Grassley said, “Nothing the FBI or any other investigator does would have any bearing on what Dr. Ford tells the committee, so there is no reason for any further delay.”
The Republican Senator made it clear that the committee had no plans to place Ford and Judge Kavanaugh on a panel together. Grassley’s staff offered her multiple dates as well as a choice of providing information in a public or private setting, he added.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, of South Carolina, said, “We are going to move on and vote [on the nominee for the Supreme Court] on Wednesday,” if Ford does not appear to testify on Monday.
Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., supported Ford’s wish to delay the hearing until “a proper investigation is completed, witnesses interviewed, evidence reviewed and all sides spoken to.”
“That this brave woman is receiving death threats and has been forced to flee with her family is appalling and heartbreaking,” Feinstein said.
After finishing four days of hearings, the Senate Judiciary Committee was scheduled to vote Thursday on whether to recommend that the Senate confirm Kavanaugh for a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court.
But after Ford’s sexual assault allegation against Kavanaugh surfaced, Grassley invited both of them to testify before the committee.
Ford’s lawyer at that time said her client is willing to testify publicly before the Senate panel.
Democrats on the committee are pressing for a complete inquiry into the allegation.
Meanwhile, Trump and other Republicans have accused Feinstein of obstruction after it was revealed she received a letter from Ford detailing the accusations against Kavanaugh in July.
by RTTNews Staff Writer
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