Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) has decided to play hardball with the California professor who is accusing a Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault and attempted rape when both were high school students.
Republicans on the Committee decided to schedule a hearing with Dr. Christine Blasey Ford for Monday, before even asking her if she was interested and able to testify. Almost immediately, Republicans like Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) spoke before TV cameras telling America that they had not heard back from Dr. Blasey Ford.
On Tuesday they did.
Through her attorney Dr. Blasey Ford said she believes an investigation conducted by the FBI would be the appropriate first step.
That was a logical response, and one that adds to her credibility. People who lie rarely call the on cops to investigate.
An FBI investigation is not so she would have a different story to tell, but so the Senators would have more information on which to base their questions, both to her and to Judge Kavanaugh.
Unsurprisingly, Chairman Grassley and many other Republicans immediately rejected the idea of additional information. After all, they’ve hidden from sight 90 percent of the documents in Kavanaugh’s background. Why would this be any different?
Chairman Grassley has now responded to Dr. Blasey Ford’s request: denied.
Echoing the president’s false claim, Senator Grassley in a letter to her attorneys tells Dr. Blasey Ford, “It is not the FBI’s role to investigate a matter such as this.”
That’s false, as several experts, Republicans and Democrats alike, have noted. Among them, a George W. Bush era nominee who background investigation was reopened.
Grassley presses the point.
“The job of assessing and investigating a nominee’s qualifications in order to decide whether to consent to the nomination is ours, and ours alone.”
Perhaps, but this investigation isn’t about Judge Kavanaugh’s qualifications, it’s about his moral character – which is already in doubt as he has been proven to have lied several times to the Senate already.
“You have stated repeatedly that Dr. Ford wants to tell her story. I sincerely hope that Dr. Ford will accept my invitation to do so, either privately or publicly, on Monday,” Grassley’s letter reads.
And even though Sen. Grassley in his letter says it may be possible for Committee members to visit with her in California, Republicans would like nothing more than for Dr. Blasey Ford to refuse to testify at all.
But now that at least one schoolmate of Dr. Blasey Ford has announced that she knew Kavanaugh, Mark Judge, and remembers that “many of us heard about” the alleged attack “in school,” perhaps Republicans will be forced to add her to a growing list of potential witnesses, like Mark Judge, and others who should testify.
Here’s the letter in full:
JUST IN: Chairman Grassley in letter to Dr. Ford’s attorneys: “You have stated repeatedly that Dr. Ford wants to tell her story. I sincerely hope that Dr. Ford will accept my invitation to do so, either privately or publicly, on Monday.” pic.twitter.com/YZUpwKao63
— NBC Politics (@NBCPolitics) September 19, 2018
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Fox News Legal Analyst Blasts Trump for Bashing Christine Ford – Warns of Damage to Court’s Legitimacy
Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano on Tuesday slammed President Donald Trump for his highly partisan celebration of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation on Monday night.
Napolitano in particular said that Trump celebrating Kavanaugh’s confirmation by calling Democrats “evil” while also claiming that Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony about being sexually assaulted by Kavanaugh was a “hoax.”
“I do not think the best thing that was said was ‘evil’ or ‘hoax,’” he said. “I honestly wish that the president and his people would get past that.”
Napolitano then explained why it is crucial for the Supreme Court to maintain its image as a nonpartisan institution.
“The Supreme Court does not have an army to enforce its rulings,” he said. “Its rulings depend on the intellectual legitimacy in the manner in which the rulings are given… So they really have some work to do to patch up the divisions that exist in the public mind.”
Fox host Steve Doocy then objected and said that the entire Supreme Court confirmation process was political in nature — but Napolitano again put his foot down.
“Once you put that robe on, you must be divorced from the politics that got you there and the people who got you there,” he said. “Your loyalty is to the Constitution and the laws.”
Watch the video below.
Fox's Andrew Napolitano suggests that Trump calling Dr. Ford's testimony a "hoax" and Democrats "evil" for opposing Kavanaugh may have damaged the "intellectual legitimacy" of the Supreme Court. pic.twitter.com/eIQ4v4P25B
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) October 9, 2018
‘Shame! Shame! Shame!’: Thousands March to Supreme Court to Demand Senate #StopKavanaugh
As Democrats realize the FBI investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against Judge Brett Kavanaugh was a sham – designed from start to finish to provide cover, but no actual new information for GOP Senators – thousands are marching to the Supreme Court to protest.
Amid chants of “Whose Court? Our Court!” “Shut it Down,” “Shame! Shame! Shame!” and, “Hey hey, ho ho, Kavanaugh’s got to go!” protestors are taking over key parts of Washington, D.C., just as they did one week ago.
MoveOn’s Ben Wikler just posted this video:
— Ben Wikler (@benwikler) October 4, 2018
More shots from the current protests:
This young woman that has joined protestors outside of the Supreme Court today to stop the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh has more courage than some of our elected officials. #FBIReport #StopKanavaugh #ShamInvestigation pic.twitter.com/pbMbKLKoXh
— Simar (@sahluwal) October 4, 2018
— TheNationReport (@TheNationReport) October 4, 2018
— ACLU (@ACLU) October 4, 2018
Say it loud and say it clear 🗣
— Domestic Workers (@domesticworkers) October 4, 2018
The crowd is big and the mood is fierce: Marching on the Supreme Court to #StopKavanaugh with @womensmarch @ACLU @CWAUnion @MomsRising @Greenpeace @TransEquality @WorkingFamilies + many more pic.twitter.com/NQ8I0xkrbJ
— L.A. Kauffman (@LAKauffman) October 4, 2018
The rally to #StopKavanaugh is ramping up.
— People Power (@peoplepower) October 4, 2018
— Joe Madison (@MadisonSiriusXM) October 4, 2018
We believe Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.
We still believe Anita Hill.
We believe survivors.
— UltraViolet (@UltraViolet) October 4, 2018
College Roommate Sets Record Straight: Kavanaugh Lied Under Oath (Video)
On Wednesday, CNN’s Anderson Cooper interviewed Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh freshmen year college roommate James Roche.
Roche said that Kavanaugh lied under oath while testifying in front of the Senate Judicial committee about his drinking behavior.
He also noted that the second Kavanaugh accuser Deborah Ramirez should be listened to. Ramirez accused Kavanaugh of exposing himself to her at a party.
“Why are you doing an interview now?” Cooper asked.
“I have decided and then decided not to participate in this thing multiple times. There’s very little upside for me and there’s a considerable downside for me. But at the end of the day, it feels like there are not enough people who are willing and can credibly say I know this girl,” Roche said.
He added, “She didn’t lie and she wouldn’t lie. I can’t see any reason why she would. So, it felt to me like somebody had to get up and speak for her”
“As Brett’s roommate, I’m in a singular position—I saw him use words in a different way than the way he said under oath. If a person isn’t truthful about these little things, then we ought to think very seriously about whether we should tell Debby that she’s wrong or crazy.”
Watch the video below via CNN.
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