Kavanaugh accuser wants FBI investigation before testifying

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Republican Senator Chuck Grassley, in a letter to the lawyers for university professor Christine Blasey Ford, also said the committee would be willing to hold the hearing behind closed doors rather than in a public session, adding that he was disturbed to hear that Ford has been subjected to personal threats.

Christine Blasey Ford told the Washington Post newspaper that Kavanaugh assaulted her in 1982, when they were both in high school.

Republican leaders are offering Ms Ford a chance to describe her allegation, either in a hearing room before television cameras or in private.

She said in an interview with the Washington Post that at a party in Montgomery county, Maryland, Kavanaugh led her into a bedroom, pinned her to the bed and groped her, attempting to remove the bathing suit she was wearing and putting his hand over her mouth to stop her from screaming before she was able to escape. "It would be the perception they are mistreating this woman, who might be a victim, unfairly", he said. Chuck Grassley regarding a Monday hearing and his assertion that the Federal Bureau of Investigation does not "make a credibility assessment of any information it recieves with respect to a nominee, nor is it tasked with investigating a matter just because the committee deems it important".

Patrick J. Smyth sent a letter to Republican Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley and top Democrat Dianne Feinstein in which he denied seeing any "improper conduct" by Kavanaugh, a classmate at Georgetown Preparatory School, according to CNN, which obtained a copy of the letter. On Wednesday morning, he told reporters that the "FBI really doesn't do that" when asked if he believes the bureau should open a probe into the Kavanaugh sexual assault allegations.

Judge Kavanaugh continues to deny the claim and has this week been meeting White House officials.

Instead of the real estate tycoon's usually no-holds-barred combative style, honed during decades of cutthroat business deals, he has been careful to speak about Ford with respect.

And Susan Collins, a Republican senator seen as potentially voting against party lines, also said that Ford needed to testify.

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Some Republicans in the Senate are already stepping onto treacherous terrain by suggesting that Ford is "mixed up" or "confused".

What are Ford's lawyers saying?

"I am issuing this statement today to make it clear to all involved that I have no knowledge of the party in question; nor do I have any knowledge of the allegations of improper conduct she has leveled against Brett Kavanaugh".

Moderate GOP Sen. Susan Collins of ME, who's had her share of clashes with Trump, said she hoped Ford would reconsider a decision not to testify and "it's not fair to Judge Kavanaugh" if she refuses.

In the 36 hours since her name became public, Dr. Ford has received a stunning amount of support from her community and from fellow citizens across our country.

"No other outside investigation is necessary", he said on Twitter. An independent probe is one way to get past the "he said, she said". Kavanaugh is scheduled to appear again before the Senate Judiciary Committee next Monday following allegations that have endangered his appointment to the Supreme Court.

"The responsibility falls to us", Hatch tweeted.

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