Woman Accusing Judge Kavanaugh of Sexual Assault Wants FBI Probe

Brenda Watkins
September 20, 2018

Kavanaugh has denied the allegations and Ford came forward publicly over the weekend.

"No other outside investigation is necessary", he said on Twitter. Now, Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley has responded, telling Ford's attorneys in a letter of his own that he is willing to make the hearing private, but not to delay it past September 24.

Republicans say Ford will have one chance to testify, and one chance only.

Chairman Chuck Grassley is also setting deadlines.

Ms Ford's lawyers said earlier this week that she would not appear before the Senate until the FBI has investigated the allegations.

President Donald Trump gave Kavanaugh a ringing new endorsement Tuesday, saying he felt "so badly" that Kavanaugh is facing scrutiny over allegations that he assaulted a teenage girl when both were in high school.

Kavanaugh has strongly denied the incident in which Ford says he pinned her down and covered her mouth while trying to undress her when he was 17 and she 15. Feinstein - the ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee - eventually turned the letter over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. "She continues to believe that a full non-partisan investigation of this matter is needed and she is willing to cooperate with the Committee".

Under the circumstances, it is hardly surprising that she is concerned that the senators will do to her what they did to Anita Hill when she accused Justice Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment.

The White House under President George W Bush ordered that inquiry.

The attorney for Christine Blasey Ford, a 51-year-old research psychologist and professor who accused Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in the 1980s, called for additional witnesses to testify at a hearing planned for Monday. And we want to get it over with. In a statement, White House spokesman Raj Shah said: "Judge Kavanaugh looks forward to a hearing where he can clear his name of this false allegation".

She said she feared Kavanaugh might inadvertently kill her before she managed to flee.

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She went on to describe living in a privileged, hard-drinking culture at the time where she once had to call the cops on her own party, and she called on Kavanaugh's female supporters to question his integrity.

"The rush to a hearing is unnecessary, and contrary to the Committee discovering the truth", Ms Banks wrote.

"Doing so would not only signal that sexual assault accusations are not important". "I hope Republican voters, and others, are watching, and studying, the Democrats Playbook".

Trump told reporters, "I can only say this: He is such an outstanding man".

"If you have been assaulted or harassed by a powerful Republican man, you better not talk about it or you're going to pay a price", Murray said. "If she shows up that would be wonderful".

Jeff Flake tweeted on Wednesday: 'This is sickening.

"Yes, I think ... whenever you have something that is a big question like this, you ask the FBI to investigate what the facts (are)", Nelson said.

Fellow Republican Susan Collins of ME said she hoped Prof Ford would "reconsider and testify" on Monday.

There were signs the GOP's strategy of planning a nationally televised hearing yet also offering Ford the option to testify privately was keeping possible Republican defections in check.

Grassley said the committee offered Ford "the opportunity to share her story" in a public or a private hearing, or staff interviews, "whichever makes her most comfortable".

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