Published: Thu, September 20, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Christine Blasey Ford must attend hearing or lose opportunity, Chuck Grassley says

Christine Blasey Ford must attend hearing or lose opportunity, Chuck Grassley says

Ford's lawyers said on Tuesday she would not appear before the Senate until after the FBI investigates the allegations.

Mr. Trump didn't indicate he would direct the Federal Bureau of Investigation to conduct any further review of the situation, saying, "Well, it would seem the Federal Bureau of Investigation really doesn't do that".

McConnell expressed confidence that Kavanaugh would be confirmed. The hearing was scheduled for six short days from today and would include interrogation by Senators who appear to have made up their minds that she is "mistaken" and "mixed up". But in a Facebook post hours later, she said she had no firsthand knowledge of the matter and wouldn't comment further amid a media "circus" and a barrage of interview requests.

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

"Hi all, deleted this because it served its goal and I am now dealing with a slew of requests for interviews from The Wash Post, CNN, CBS News", she tweeted.

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said he had "a lot of questions" for Kavanaugh. "Ford can and should refuse to give her inquisitors two bites at the apple".

However, Sen. Orrin Hatch, a Utah Republican, countered Ford's proposal on Twitter Tuesday night, arguing, "The FBI does not do investigations like this".

Women who signed the letter said they didn't know about or recall the party Ford described, and they said her account of a "stumbling drunk" Kavanaugh didn't jibe with their memories of a boy who drank some beer alongside them but never lost control or crossed a line with girls.

The status of a public hearing set for Monday into the allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh remained in doubt after lawyers for the woman accusing the judge of sexual misconduct say they want a thorough FBI investigation into the matter before testifying in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee. But he suggested Republicans will not bend from their offer of a hearing Monday.

Blasey Ford says she's certain Kavanaugh was at the party and that he did assault her. Republicans said late Tuesday they were considering hiring outside attorneys, presumably including women, to question the witnesses. Let's call this the "investigation" part of a ride that no one is particularly enjoying because, on this metaphorical rollercoaster, the participants have to agree on how the ride completes itself, and now seem temporarily stuck. She'd have to know there was no chance he'd back her up, and that would discredit her. The president has repeatedly expressed sympathy for what Kavanaugh and his family are going through, seemingly stone deaf to Blasey Ford's account of a awful and life-altering assault.

"Now this is really what #MeToo is all about, if you think about it", said Sen. "I just want to say to the men in this country: Just shut up and step up". Dianne Feinstein of California, the top Judiciary Committee Democrat.

Moderate Republican senators who had said earlier this week that they wanted to hear from Ms. Blasey Ford before proceeding on voting to confirm Judge Kavanaugh now have changed course.

"He's not happy, he's upset", Kennedy said.

The letter said that Ford has faced "vicious harassment and even death threats" since going public with her allegations on Sunday.

He continued: "Republicans are making it as clear as possible that they don't actually have an interest in the truth of what happened". For instance, it could provide lawmakers with additional testimony from classmates attesting to his character or testimony from people sympathetic to her that stops well short of corroboration, thus putting her story on shakier ground.

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