Senate Judiciary Chairman Releases Kavanaugh Statement — GRASSLEY SPEAKS


Judge Brett Kavanaugh is willing to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee to defend his integrity from accusations of a sexual assault Christine Blasey Ford alleges Kavanaugh committed 36 years ago.

Ford, 51, identified herself as the writer of a letter alleging that Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were both prep school students in the Washington, D.C. area in the early 1980s.

On Sunday, the accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, came forward with her allegations in an interview with The Washington Post.

The White House on Monday issued a fresh denial on the allegations against Kavanaugh.

"If Ms. Ford wishes to provide information to the committee, I would gladly listen to what she has to say and compare that against all other information we have received about Judge Kavanaugh", Graham said in a statement.

White House adviser Kellyanne Conway said Monday that Ford "should not be insulted and she should not be ignored".

The suit combines three requests that Democrats on the committee submitted in August to the National Archives, the Central Intelligence Agency and the Bush library for documents relating to the six years Kavanaugh spent at the Bush White House as senior associate counsel and staff secretary to the president. Grassley said he will continue working on a way to hear from Ford "in an appropriate, precedented and respectful manner".

In the interview, Ford says she didn't reveal what had happened until 2012, when she and her husband sought couples therapy.

Ford told the Post that she recalled being at a party with Kavanaugh in the summer of 1982, when she was 15 and Kavanaugh was 17.

Following the initial firestorm over the allegation, leading groups on the left and right tell ABC News they are readying major advertising buys to push key Senators to either move forward on or put a stop to Kavanaugh's confirmation.

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Because Trump's fellow Republicans control a slim 51-49 majority in the Senate, Democrats can not stop Kavanaugh's appointment unless some Republicans make a rare decision to break with their party and vote against Trump.

Before the allegations against Kavanaugh became public, Blunt touted Kavanaugh's personal background in a speech on the Senate floor earlier this month and criticized Democratic efforts to slow his nomination. Dianne Feinstein orchestrated the leak and subsequent release of Ford's letter, not merely to sink Kavanaugh and level accusations in a way that would make it hard for the judge to defend himself, but also to try and delay Republican efforts to confirm any nominee until after the midterms.

A lawyer for Ford said Monday she is willing to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee, according to the Post.

"Of course any allegation of this nature should be taken seriously, but absent significant evidence being brought forth immediately, I feel Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation process should proceed", he added. The therapist's notes say that four boys attacked her, but Ford says that the therapist was mistaken: four boys were at the party, just two were in the room.

Ford's attorney has stated she is willing to testify before the Senate.

Mr Trump's nomination of Mr Kavanaugh revived the pain of the memory, she said, prompting her to approach Democratic lawmakers with her allegations in July.

"This is about turnout", Mary Anne Marsh, a Democratic strategist from MA, said in a phone interview with Mic of the allegations' impact on the November vote.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley plans to speak with Kavanaugh and Ford before the committee's scheduled vote, according to a spokesman for the senator.

While Democrats demanded a delay in a scheduled Thursday vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee on the nomination to allow the FBI to investigate, Senate Republicans struggled with how to proceed.

She said if anyone was going to tell her story, she wanted to be the one to tell it.