Sen. Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Sunday that he has no plans to delay a vote to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, which is currently scheduled for Thursday.
California professor Christine Blasey Ford has come forward to accuse Kavanaugh of trying to force himself on her three decades ago when both were in high school. Ford’s lawyer, who has called the incident an “attempted rape,” said Ford is willing to testify before the Judiciary Committee. Democrats are demanding that Kavanaugh’s confirmation process be put on hold.
But Grassley — at least for now — is having none of it.
“It’s disturbing that these uncorroborated allegations from more than 35 years ago, during high school, would surface on the eve of a committee vote after Democrats sat on them since July. If Ranking Member [Sen. Diane] Feinstein and other Committee Democrats took this claim seriously, they should have brought it to the full Committee’s attention much earlier,” Grassley said in a statement.
“Instead, they said nothing during two joint phone calls with the nominee in August, four days of lengthy public hearings, a closed session for all committee members with the nominee where sensitive topics can be discussed and in more than 1,300 written questions,” Grassley’s statement said. “Sixty-five senators met individually with Judge Kavanaugh during a nearly two-month period before the hearing began, yet Feinstein didn’t share this with her colleagues ahead of many of those discussions.”
“It raises a lot of questions about Democrats’ tactics and motives to bring this to the rest of the committee’s attention only now rather than during these many steps along the way. Senator Feinstein should publicly release the letter she received back in July so that everyone can know what she’s known for weeks,” the statement continues.
“Judge Kavanaugh’s background has been thoroughly vetted by the FBI on six different occasions throughout his decades of public service, and no such allegation ever surfaced. Furthermore Judge Kavanaugh and others alleged to have been involved have unequivocally denied these claims from their high school days. The Committee has received letter after letter from those who’ve known judge Kavanaugh personally and professionally, including 65 women who’ve known him since high school, speaking to his impeccable character and respect for others, especially women.”
The Judiciary Committee vote will take place as scheduled, committee spokesman Taylor Foy said.
"The committee vote on Judge Kavanaugh's nomination will proceed as scheduled, next Thursday."-@senjudiciary spokesman Taylor Foy
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Grassley also said: “The committee vote on Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination will proceed as scheduled, next Thurs. Here’s what we know: Judge Kavanaugh has undergone six FBI full-field investigations from 1993 to 2018. No such allegation resembling the anonymous claims ever surfaced.”