Kavanaugh accuser wants Federal Bureau of Investigation probe before she will testify

Pauline Gross
September 19, 2018

But in a letter to the Judiciary panel, Judge said he did not remember the party or the claimed incident. Richard Blumenthal of CT, said staging the hearing without the FBI investigation would make it a "sham".

Democrats are demanding that the FBI be given time to reopen its background investigation into Kavanaugh so it can check the assertions of Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Kavanaugh of assault.

"The FBI does not make any judgment about the credibility or significance of any allegation", Flores said in the statement. "The FBI's role in such matters is to provide information for the use of the decision makers". "This is another attempt by Republicans to rush this nomination and not fully vet Judge Kavanaugh", Feinstein said in a statement. Grassley said on Tuesday that "the FBI is not doing any further investigation".

Blasey Ford has accused Kavanaugh of a sexual attack when they were both in high school.

The president assailed California Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein for not disclosing the allegations when she first learned of them in July. Blasey Ford asked for confidentiality, and the allegation was not made public - until this past weekend. At the same time, however, her worst fears have materialized. Kavanaugh, she alleges, covered her mouth with his hand and turned up the music to mask her screams.

Kavanaugh responded through the White House with a categorical denial.

That appeal, however, won't salvage Kavanaugh's nomination if Ford comes across as credible during her testimony, Geragos said. "I have never done anything like what the accuser describes - to her or to anyone".

Meanwhile, Kavanaugh has been calling Republican senators, including Kennedy, who said the nominee was committed to moving forward.

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Under Republican President George H.W. Bush, the White House asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation add to Thomas' background check.

Cornyn said Senate Republicans used a closed-door meeting Monday to agree to the public hearing.

"It's impossible to take this process seriously", Feinstein said. "If they wanted to be, I would certainly do that, but as you know, they say this is not really their thing". The president said he was "totally supporting" Kavanaugh and rejected calls for the FBI to investigate the accusation.

"So it kind of raises the question, do they want to come to the public hearing or not?" "She had this meeting, (with Kavanaugh) why didn't she bring it up?" Hirono, who serves on the Judiciary Committee, also told Politico on Tuesday that Democrats would be willing to keep the Supreme Court seat vacant for two more years in the hope that they would regain the White House.

While Kavanaugh intends to return back before the Senate on Monday with or without Ford present, a GOP aide tells CBS News' Nancy Cordes that the committee intends to "leave the opportunity open" for Ford to testify "for as long as possible". "We were looking for a way to get it investigated by an outside investigator and what we found is we had to go through (the rules committee) and we were discussing the pros and cons of doing that, so it hasn't been easy".

Moderate Republicans also said Kavanaugh and Ford should be heard.

Grassley told Hewitt he hoped the hearing wouldn't devolve into a circus-like atmosphere. "Only then should the chairman set a hearing date", the Senator said. NPR's Tom reports that view was echoed Tuesday by a senior Defense Department official who questioned the notion of a permanent Polish base. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire come in to do the questioning since there are no Republican women on the Judiciary Comittee. He added later, "You're raising legitimate questions that are still in my mind". He accused Democrats of being "lousy politicians, but good obstructionists" in their efforts to derail Kavanaugh's confirmation to a lifetime appointment on the country's highest court.

"This nomination should not be treated differently simply because of an artificial deadline to rush the confirmation process", the letter states. According to NBC News' Leigh Ann Caldwell, Hatch spoke to Kavanaugh about it, and says the Supreme Court nominee is "honest" and "straightforward". "It is a political dialogue on a very, very painful subject for a lot of people". "He stands ready to testify tomorrow if the Senate is ready to hear him", the White House said before Grassley's announcement. But don't be held hostage to the idea that if Kavanaugh doesn't wind up on the court - no matter what he and Ford say next week - it will be curtains for Senate Republicans.

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