Blasey Ford Wants FBI Probe Into Kavanaugh Allegation Before Testifying

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Grassley told Hewitt Tuesday that, "Yes", there will only be two witnesses Monday. "He stands ready to testify tomorrow if the Senate is ready to hear him", White House spokesman Raj Shah said in a statement Monday. But Senate Democrats are pushing for the FBI to reopen Kavanaugh's background investigation.

Grassley's decision echoed the sentiment of Sen. Should the Federal Bureau of Investigation be allowed to investigate? "The responsibility falls to us", Hatch tweeted, adding "We should proceed as planned".

Underscoring the raw political divisions prompted by the Kavanaugh fight, Feinstein said she'd only learned of the hearing on Twitter. We know the prevalence of the problem. She probably angered those groups even more by questioning Ford's behavior.

"So it kind of raises the question, do they want to - do they want to come to the public hearing or not?"

Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, issued statements supporting Ford's concerns about the hearing. Nineteen years later, Democratic Senators Ted Kennedy and Joseph Biden led an effort to defeat President Ronald Reagan's nomination of Robert Bork to the court. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) has made it her personal duty to ask all Trump administration nominees that encounter the Senate Judiciary Committee if they've ever committed sexual harassment or assault. Former Vice-President Joe Biden, then the committee chairman, told Teen Vogue magazine previous year that he should have acted more thoroughly on Hill's accusations.

"In fact, I have no memory of this alleged incident", Judge said in a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Hill said she has still never heard from Biden personally but that the apology is not due to her alone.

Democratic aides have privately floated the possibility of boycotting the hearing if Republicans choose to proceed without Ford present.

Grassley told Hewitt that he has not heard from Blasey Ford yet, saying the committee has reached out to her. Judge, the friend who was allegedly involved in the incident, spoke to The Weekly Standard before Ford came forward publicly, and said: "It's just absolutely nuts".

Democrats have rejected the GOP process and are refusing to participate in any committee phone interviews.

"This is simply too distant and uncorroborated a story to warrant a new hearing or to delay a vote". On Monday, Republican Senator Susan Collins welcomed the additional hearing.

But their primary demand is one that Ford asked for her in her letter Tuesday night - that the Federal Bureau of Investigation conduct a full evaluation before any hearing is held.

"That's not what they do", Trump said. And it follows days of shouting outside the Supreme Court Building, national media offensives, claims and counter-claims about the future of legal abortion, even fiery cable-television speculation about how the judge might approach questions such as whether President Donald Trump can be sued, or indicted, while in office.

"I believe that the FBI... should be compelled to do its job in terms of completing their background investigation and that's not being done", Harris said in the interview. "She had this meeting, (with Kavanaugh) why didn't she bring it up?" "I dated him in college and he was and is nothing like the person who has been described".

The problem with the editorial (or I should say, the main problem, because there are several - which I'll lay out later) is this: It makes the argument for less transparency, less disclosure, less light.

On Tuesday, reporters asked Sen. From there, she claims she was pushed into a bedroom and on top of a bed, where she said Kavanaugh, then 17, attacked her.

The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a hearing for Monday at which Kavanaugh will testify.

John Feehery, a Republican strategist, says the #MeToo movement is not just about justice - it's also about punishing those who have been in power for a long time.

"I owe her an apology", said Biden, a Democrat.

They say in a letter Tuesday that Ford wants to cooperate with the panel.

According to Ford, Kavanaugh groped her and tried to take off her clothes at party when they were teenagers. "We should not have gotten to this point". Like Ford, Ms. Hill went public at the last minute.

"What we were trying to do was get an investigation", Feinstein said.

Blasey Ford participated in a local Women's March protesting Trump past year, she said.

By comparison, the current committee has 11 Republicans, all men, and 10 Democrats, four of whom are women.

Sen. Susan Collins: "Well, that does make it very hard". "I believe that would elicit the most information", Collins said.

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