Grassley Fires Back at Requests From Ford's Lawyers

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Christine Blasey Ford, a psychology professor at Palo Alto University in California, has been given a Friday deadline by the Republican-led Judiciary Committee to decide whether to testify at a high-stakes hearing it has scheduled for Monday.

"I have reopened the hearing because I believe that anyone who comes forward with allegations of sexual assault has a right to be heard, and because it is the Committee's responsibility to fully evaluate the fitness of a nominee to the Supreme Court", the Iowa Republican wrote. They said Ford's "strong preference" is that "a full investigation" be completed before her testimony, but stopped short of demanding an FBI probe and seemed to suggest that she would testify without one.

"It is not the FBI's role to investigate a matter such as this", wrote Grassley, who also sent a letter to committee Democrats formally rejecting their bid for the FBI to investigate.

Ford's lawyers say she has been subject to death threats as a result of her allegations against Kavanaugh.

Gillibrand also said Republicans aren't taking Ford's accusations seriously, citing a top Judiciary Committee staffer's now-deleted tweet that said Republicans are "unfazed and determined" to confirm Kavanaugh. The two men accused of attending the party at which the assault reportedly occurred have said they have no recollection of any such gathering. "The rush to a hearing is unnecessary". Kavanaugh has denied the allegation.

Trump did say, however, that it would be "very interesting" if Ford "shows up and makes a credible showing".

"I think it's a very sad situation".

Democrats have tried using the issue to demonstrate that Republicans treat women unfairly, their eyes on upcoming elections in which suburban, anti-Trump female voters could be pivotal in many races. Sen. Grassley said he was disturbed to learn of the threats.

The confirmation fight has unfolded ahead of November 6 congressional elections in which Democrats are seeking to take control of Congress from Trump's fellow Republicans.

CNN reported earlier Thursday that Trump has bragged about the positive coverage he's received for his handling of Kavanaugh's accuser, according to multiple sources.

The FBI has already conducted a background check on Kavanaugh and added Ford's letter to Kavanaugh's file. "He remains committed to providing a fair forum for both Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh".

The allegations come in the shadow of the powerful #Metoo movement against sexual harassment and assault, and echo the 1991 hearings for conservative Clarence Thomas to join the Supreme Court, when his former assistant Anita Hill accused him of repeated sexual harassment.

But, with Kavanaugh denying the accusation and Blasey Ford so far unable to produce witnesses on her own behalf, Grassley and the White House have pressed for her to testify soon in hopes they can get past the controversy and quickly get Kavanaugh approved. She said was able to escape after Judge jumped on them both and toppled them off the bed. Judge has told the committee he does not recall the incident and does not want to speak publicly.

"Chrissy is not someone who chooses to be in the spotlight", the letter said.

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