Blasey Ford Wants FBI Probe Into Kavanaugh Allegation Before Testifying

Lester Mason
September 19, 2018

Katz said her clilent is willing to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee before its vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation, which is scheduled for Thursday. "They can't say this is the last minute when they jammed this thing through and asked for a vote long before all the information is in". "This might take a week or two to get all of this together, but what difference does one or two weeks make when you're talking about a lifetime appointment".

The White House appeared eager to resolve the matter quickly. The Justice Department seems to agree.

"The FBI shouldn't be involved because they don't want to be involved", Trump said.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said an FBI investigation is "essential" to prevent the hearing from becoming merely a "he said, she said affair". It added the alleged misconduct "does not involve any potential federal crime". She says that a small group of students were drinking at a home in suburban Maryland, and that Kavanaugh and a friend, Mark Judge, were heavily intoxicated. When she testified before the Judiciary Committee, senators on both sides of the all-male panel questioned her credibility.

He added: "Hopefully the woman will come forward, state her case". He said in a statement Monday that he wanted to "refute this false allegation, from 36 years ago, and defend my integrity".

In a statement issued on Friday, Hill said: "I have seen firsthand what happens when such a process is weaponised against an accuser, and no one should have to endure that again". Ford's lawyers responded to the invitation with a letter on Tuesday night informing Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley that Ford would not be attending the hearing. Democrats refused to participate, saying the seriousness of the charges merited a full FBI investigation. Both Kavanaugh and his accuser, professor Christine Blasey Ford, will testify. Even if the allegations are true, she does not believe they should disqualify the nominee, "because I don't think that's the kind of life that he's led".

Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, who is on the Judiciary Committee, said Republicans are "naturally" concerned about the optics of having only Republican men question Ford "because there's always a lot of prejudice in these matters".

According to the Washington Post, Ford, who had also contacted the newspaper in July, made a decision to go public after it became clear people were learning her identity.

"It's been hard for Blasey Ford over the years, [Blasey Ford] told [Rebecca] White, because the judge's name would come up as 'a super powerful guy and he might be a contender for a Supreme Court position one day'".

"Nothing of substance and nothing legitimate can happen by Monday", Lisa Banks, an attorney for Ford, told CNN.

Grassley told Hewitt he hoped the hearing wouldn't devolve into a circus-like atmosphere.

Some Democrats raised questions about whether Grassley's planned hearings were sufficient.

Asked whether he agreed with Sen.

Republicans were perceived as too harsh in their questioning of Hill.

In an interview with The Washington Post published Sunday, Ford alleged that when she was 15 and Kavanaugh 17 he cornered her in a bedroom at a house party in suburban Washington and groped her as Judge watched.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge.

The ugly confirmation battle could shake up the forthcoming mid-term elections.

Kavanaugh has denied the allegation.

Still, the California Democrat's original comment, tweeted by Fox reporters, was seized on by supporters of the Kavanaugh nomination.

Anita Hill, whose 1991 allegations of sexual harassment against a Supreme Court nominee foreshadowed the scene now playing out in D.C., said Tuesday that the Senate is no better prepared to vet claims against a nominee today than it was then.

"There must be an agreement on witnesses, and the FBI should be given time to reopen its background check investigation into Judge Kavanaugh", Schumer said. "For the entire time we have known Brett Kavanaugh, he has behaved honorably and treated women with respect".

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