Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, revealed on Wednesday that Ranking Democrat Dianne Feinstein, D-CA, has refused multiple requests to provide the Committee with the unredacted letter she claims she received from Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. As many agree this looks like another stunt by Democrats to delay the hearing, Grassley said the GOP “has no reason to doubt” Kavanaugh’s testimony is accurate and truthful.
Feinstein claims that a few months ago, she received a letter from Ford that detailed the alleged sexual misconduct. The California Democrat, according to the Committee, has refused to allow anyone to view the unredacted document. The reason Feinstein has protected the document was for so-called anonymity, but now that Ford has admitted the accusations, there seems to be no logical reason for the secrecy.
That is mind-boggling to many, especially given Ford’s allegations were mysteriously brought forward just a few weeks before the Committee was scheduled to vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation. In fact, Grassley has even offered to travel to Ford’s home and allow her to give private testimony and protect her anonymity.
On Wednesday, Grassley sent a letter Feinstein asking for a copy. This is believed to be the third time Grassley has requested Feinstein hand over the unredacted document to the Committee. It can be viewed below:
— Senate Judiciary (@senjudiciary) September 19, 2018
Here’s part of what Grassley’s letter to Feinstein states:
“I am writing to request that you provide me a copy of the letter dated July 30, 2018, that you received from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford containing allegations of sexual assault against Judge Brett Kavanaugh. My staff has made repeated requests for this document — which has become a significant piece of evidence in Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation process — but your staff has so far refused to provide a copy of the letter.”
“You are able to share this unredacted copy with all the members of your caucus and their staff, as well as anyone else you choose. The only version we have of this letter is a redacted version contained in the supplemental FBI background investigation file that only senators and a handful of very select staff are authorized to read.”
“Your staff could have raised these allegations during routine background investigation phone calls in late-August. Questions about these allegations could have been asked of Judge Kavanaugh during his more than 32 hours of testimony before the Committee over the course of three days.”
“I have offered her the opportunity to testify in any of four possible venues: (1) a public hearing; (2) a private hearing; (3) a public staff interview; or ( 4) a private staff interview. I am even willing to have my staff travel to Dr. Ford in California or anywhere else-to obtain her testimony.”
The entire ordeal with Ford has taken many turns in recent weeks, and it appears Grassley has grown tired of what many agree is a last ditch effort by Democrats to delay the confirmation hearing.
As noted by Conservative Daily Post, Ford came forward publicly last week and accused Kavanaugh of pinning her down and groping her at a party roughly 35 years ago when they were in high school. Kavanaugh strongly denies the allegations, and several classmates have defended him by saying they never witnessed him do what Ford claims he did.
Kavanaugh has also agreed to testify on Monday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Ford maintains that she will not speak with lawmakers until a law enforcement investigation is launched into her claims. The FBI has stated that it will not open a probe into the allegations — a move many believe signals there’s no evidence to support the claims.
In fact, Feinstein admitted earlier this week that she “can’t say everything’s truthful,” with what Ford alleges.
On Thursday, Senate Republicans said Ford had until 10 a.m. ET on Friday to respond to the Committee’s request about testifying on Monday. If she doesn’t respond or show up, the Committee will presumably move forward and schedule Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing.
Whether it’s the endless circus acts from Democrats, Feinstein admitting that she doesn’t know how “truthful” the allegations are, or Ford refusing to testify after coming forward with serious allegations, many argue that the entire ordeal is nothing more than a last ditch effort from Democrats to block Kavanaugh.
Republicans have been more than accommodating and have even offered to travel to California so Ford can privately testify — she has refused.