Grassley wants unredacted version of letter from Kavanaugh's accuser

Sep 22, 2018, 03:15
Grassley wants unredacted version of letter from Kavanaugh's accuser

Christine Blasey Ford wants the FBI to investigate her allegation that she was sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh before she testifies at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing next week, her lawyers said in a letter to the panel. Investigators might ask her peers at the time about her sex life, use of alcohol and other personal details, he said.

Republican lawmakers are trying to win Senate confirmation for Kavanaugh ahead of the court's start of a new term on October 1, or, if not by then, ahead of the November 6 nationwide congressional elections, to show Republican voters they have made good on campaign promises to place conservative judges like Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court.

Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama said Wednesday that "it's unreasonable" for the Senate Judiciary Committee to "force her hand without doing the appropriate investigation". "If she decided at this point to not do something, I guess the committee has to go ahead and say, 'Well, we were willing to listen, but if she's not willing to talk, we need to go forward'".

Hillary Clinton says the White House should request an FBI investigation of the sexual-assault accusation facing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and any refusal to do so by Republicans amounts to rushing to confirm him.

"I really want to see her, to see what she has to say", Trump said of Ford, now 51.

"He has revealed his bias against limits bias against limits on campaign donations which places him completely out of the mainstream of this nation", she said in a news release, also pointing to what she said was being "uncomfortable about his view on presidential power".

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Democratic Senator Doug Jones said Mark Judge, Kavanaugh's high school friend, should be subpoenaed if he refuses to testify.

California university professor Christine Blasey Ford says Kavanaugh tried to rape her when he was 17 and she was 15.

Banks, in a statement to CNN later Wednesday, said, "The rush to a hearing is unnecessary, and contrary to the committee discovering the truth".

Erica Hunzinger is the editor of Harvest Public Media and an editor with KCUR.

Among the claims, Ford says Kavanaugh forced himself on her at a party when the two were in high school; and she says he attempted to remove her clothes, and covered her mouth when she began to yell for help.

Ford's allegation has jeopardized Kavanaugh's nomination to the lifetime post on the Supreme Court, which previously was on track toward confirmation.

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"Not after the sexual charges", said Jeffrey Schmidt, 56, from Colorado, who opposes President Trump and his policies.

The Republican chairman of the Senate committee, Chuck Grassley, wrote to Ford's lawyers, ruling out any Federal Bureau of Investigation role and saying that the sole venue for airing the allegations would be the Senate hearing.

In a statement posted on Twitter, McCaskill said her decision is not based on recent allegations that Kavanaugh, now a federal judge, assaulted a girl in high school, which Kavanaugh denies. "We'll have to make a decision".

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, speaks as President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge, appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Sept. 4, 2018. John Kennedy, a member of the Judiciary panel from Louisiana.

As for now, Hawley supports Kavanaugh nomination.

Judge's lawyer said in a letter to the committee on Tuesday that Judge did not recall the incident and did not wish to testify.

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Criticism like that fed a Democratic narrative that the GOP's handling of Ford could jeopardize that party's election prospects in the age of #MeToo, the response to sexual abuse that has torched the careers of prominent men. She says she escaped when Judge jumped on the bed.

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