Grassley says FBI doesn't need to investigate - 9/19/2018 11:14:59 AM

"I feel terribly for them".

Ford's accusation has caused a delay in the committee's vote on whether to recommend Kavanaugh, whose nomination would then need to be approved by the full Senate.

Ford has not yet signaled whether she will accept Judiciary Committee Republicans' invitation to testify about her claims in a hearing next Monday.

"Right off the bat, what I have said is there should be an investigation", Nelson said. Judge says he won't appear before the committee.

Kavanaugh has agreed to testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday, but Blasey has yet to commit to testify.

Why is the Senate setting a deadline?

He pushed hard for Ford to take her chance at the committee hearing set for Monday, where Kavanaugh is likewise invited to explain his side of the story.

"Monday is her opportunity", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Tuesday, a line that was echoed by other Republicans throughout the day. She accused Kavanaugh of attacking her and trying to remove her clothing while he was drunk at a party when he was 17 years old and she was 15.

The committee had no power to "commandeer" an executive branch agency to conduct due diligence, he added. The party controls the Senate 51-49 and the Judiciary panel by 11-10, so it can not afford GOP "no" votes.

California psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford has accused Mr Kavanaugh of assaulting her at a party back in the early 1980s, but he denies the allegation.

Sen. Susan Collins of ME yesterday joined other Republicans in urging Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Kavanaugh of groping and attempting to forcibly undress her at a high school party in the 1980s, to appear along with Kavanaugh at a scheduled hearing Monday.

In a tweet Wednesday morning, Sen.

The Iowa senator says "no other outside investigation is necessary".

So far, Grassley has been equally masterful in handling the spit ball Sen.

He said Wednesday it would be "very interesting".

Trump said he would really want to see Ford what she has to say.

"I think it's not fair to Judge Kavanaugh for her not to come forward and testify", moderate Republican Sen.

Mr. Swalwell dismissed Ms. Collins's concerns on Twitter arguing it was nothing compared to threats sent to Judge Kavanaugh's accuser Christine Blasey Ford. Ford and Democrats want the FBI to investigate her allegations Kavanaugh assaulted her three decades ago, but Republicans are refusing. The FBI has said it is not investigating the matter, a decision backed by Republicans. Republicans have moved to get Kavanaugh confirmed before the November 6 midterm election, where Democrats are expected to flip a number of GOP-held seats in the Senate.

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. "I would let the senators take their course". "More to the point, I never saw Brett act in the manner Dr. Ford describes", Judge said in a letter to the panel. After indicating earlier this week that she would appear before lawmakers, Ford wants other witnesses - not just Ford and Kavanaugh - to participate and wants the Federal Bureau of Investigation to reopen its background check of Kavanaugh. Hill questions whether the Senate hearing "is going to be anything more than just a sham proceeding".

The demonstrators chanted, "We believe Anita Hill!".

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