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Graham: Accuser’s Demands for FBI Investigation Is About Delaying Process, Not Justice

The Senate Judiciary Committee member took issue with Christine Blasey Ford’s demand that the FBI investigate her allegations before testifying.

By NTK Staff | 09.19.2018 @9:00am
Graham: Accuser’s Demands for FBI Investigation Is About Delaying Process, Not Justice

Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser, Palo Alto University Professor Christine Blasey Ford, issued a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) Tuesday night in which she stipulated that the FBI should conduct “a full investigation” into her claims before she testifies before the committee.

Ford was scheduled to appear before the committee next Monday, but has not confirmed her attendance. This letter indicates, though does not explicitly state, that she may not appear without a prior investigation by law enforcement.

The woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault says the FBI should investigate the incident before senators hold a hearing on the allegations.

In a letter addressed to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa, and obtained by CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360,” Christine Blasey Ford’s attorneys argue that “a full investigation by law enforcement officials will ensure that the crucial facts and witnesses in this matter are assessed in a non-partisan manner, and that the Committee is fully informed before conducting any hearing or making any decisions.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), a member of the Judiciary Committee, tweeted Wednesday morning that Ford’s insistence on an investigation prior to testimony is less about “finding the truth” and more about “delaying the process” until after the November midterms.

Graham added in a follow up tweet, “It is imperative the Judiciary committee move forward on the Kavanaugh nomination and a committee vote be taken ASAP.”

And Democrats, who are eager to delay Kavanaugh’s hearing until after the midterms when the make-up of the Senate might better favor their party, are falling in line with Ford’s demands. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) issued a supporting statement Wednesday morning:

Meanwhile Grassley, the one man most capable of setting the timeline for the committee, said Tuesday, “[T]here is no reason for any further delay” in this process and that Ford’s invitation to testify on Monday “still stands.”

“Dr. Ford’s testimony would reflect her personal knowledge and memory of events. Nothing the FBI or any other investigator does would have any bearing on what Dr. Ford tells the committee, so there is no reason for any further delay,” Grassley said.

He added that Ford’s claim that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were both in high school are “serious allegations and Dr. Ford deserves to be heard. …The invitation for Monday still stands.”

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