Bredesen: Committee should consider proceeding if Kavanaugh accuser doesn’t testify

Geneva Stokes
September 25, 2018

Ford alleges that more than 30 years ago, when she and Kavanaugh were teenagers in high school, he sexually assaulted her at a party - holding her down, groping her, attempting to remove her clothes and putting his hand over her mouth when she tried to shout.

Hirono also railed against Grassley's assertion that Republicans have done all they can do to contact Ford and have her appear before his committee, telling ABC's "World News Tonight" on Wednesday that "That's such bulls*** I can hardly stand it". CNN said the lawyers told the committee staff that she wanted to be questioned by senators.

Ford now says that she does not plan to testify until the FBI investigates her allegations.

Grassley has instead scheduled a hearing for next Monday for both Ford and Kavanaugh to testify about the incident.

"While no sexual assault survivor should be subjected to such an ordeal, Dr. Ford wants to cooperate with the Committee and with law enforcement officials", the attorneys wrote.

Katz told committee Republicans, per the Times, that the Monday hearing date they've demanded "is not possible and the Committee's insistence that it occur then is arbitrary in any event".

Gregg Re is an editor for Fox News.

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Kavanaugh has denied the allegations.

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She said Professor Ford needed time to make sure her family was secure, prepare her testimony and travel to Washington. Republican Senator Susan Collins of ME , who hasn't declared support for Kavanaugh, called the remark "appalling".

In a letter to Prof Ford's legal team, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said "it is not the FBI's role to investigate a matter such as this".

Senator Grassley, wrote to Ms. Ford's lawyers Wednesday that it it up to the Senate to investigate, not the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and that the invitation for Ms. Ford to testify Monday stands open.

Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh testifies this month before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Speaking with reporters at the White House, the president again refrained from directly assailing Kavanaugh's accuser, as he has in other instances of sexual misconduct charges, including those lodged against him. Sheldon Whitehouse (D., R.I.) pressed the committee on what it is doing to investigate Ford's allegation. A substantial delay could push confirmation past the November elections, when Democrats have a shot at winning Senate control, plus allow more time for unforeseen problems to pop up.

"I think it's ironic that we have senators who are deciding about who is going to sit on the highest court, but they can't really put partisanship aside long enough to put together a fair hearing to get to the truth about this situation".

Grassley said Wednesday in a letter to California Sen.

"If she shows up and makes a credible showing, that will be very interesting, and we'll have to make a decision", he said.

Ford's husband, Russell Ford, was quoted by the Post as saying the thought that Kavanaugh could be considered for the Supreme Court after Trump took office troubled his wife so much that she considered moving as far away as New Zealand.

The Senate, the committee chairman notes, "and only the Senate", is tasked with vetting a president's Supreme Court nominee.

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