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Grassley: Kavanaugh accuser 'deserves to be heard' in 'appropriate' manner
The Hill ^ | September 17, 2018 | Alexander Bolton

Posted on 09/17/2018 10:36:42 AM PDT by jazusamo

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) on Monday said that Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, “deserves to be heard” in an “appropriate” manner.

“Anyone who comes forward as Dr. Ford has deserves to be heard, so I will continue working on a way to hear her out in an appropriate, precedented and respectful manner,” Grassley said in a statement.

He said his committee is “working diligently to get to the bottom of these claims,” an indication that another round of committee hearings is possible.

The most prominent precedent is from 1991, when the Senate Judiciary Committee held additional hearings on then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas to review allegations by Anita Hill, a former subordinate, who accused the Thomas of multiple incidents of sexual harassment.

Grassley has come under intense pressure from colleagues to postpone a vote scheduled for Thursday on Kavanaugh and to have both the nominee and his accuser testify under oath before the committee.

Three key swing votes, Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), on Monday called for the Judiciary Committee to spend more time looking into the allegations, which surfaced last week, throwing Kavanaugh’s nomination into turmoil.

Grassley hasn’t yet committed to an additional round of public questioning, but at this point it may be impossible to avoid.

He has tried to schedule follow-up calls with Ford and Kavanaugh, but Democrats have so far refused to participate.

“The standard procedure for updates to any nominee’s background investigation file is to conduct separate follow-up calls with relevant parties,” Grassley said in his statement.

“In this case, that would entail phone calls with at least Judge Kavanaugh and Dr. Ford. Consistent with that practice, I asked Senator Feinstein’s office yesterday to join me in scheduling these follow-ups. Thus far, they have refused. But as a necessary step in evaluating these claims, I’ll continue working to set them up,” he said.

Senate GOP staff say that follow-up calls are the next appropriate step and that the chairman will then make a decision on whether to schedule additional hearings.

Senate Republican Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas), a member of the Judiciary panel, praised Grassley’s handling of the allegations and faulted Democrats for partisanship.

“I applaud Chairman Grassley for immediately initiating the committee process for situations like this, which respects confidentiality,” Cornyn said in a statement.

“That Democrats have so egregiously mishandled this up until now is no excuse for us to do the same. If Democrats reject the committee handling this swiftly and in a bipartisan way through regular order, then it’s clear that their only intention is to smear Judge Kavanaugh and derail his nomination,” he added.

Both Kavanaugh and Ford have said they are willing to testify publicly.

In a new denial issued Monday, Kavanaugh said, “This is a completely false allegation.”

“I have never done anything like what the accuser describes — to her or to anyone.”

Updated: 1:18 p.m.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Iowa
KEYWORDS: 115th; abortion; brettkavanaugh; california; calstatefullerton; christineblaseyford; christineford; chuckgrassley; feinstein; ford; grassley; iowa; judiciarycommittee; kavanaugh; lyinglimolib; maga; metoo; scotus
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It's clear that DiFi and the Dems have no intention of cooperating with Chairman Grassley.
1 posted on 09/17/2018 10:36:42 AM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

So if there is a Bimbo eruption of 10 or 12 more accusers we should put off the vote? Because any group that can induce 200 people to risk arrest to protest can find a dozen more women.


2 posted on 09/17/2018 10:39:09 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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3 posted on 09/17/2018 10:39:32 AM PDT by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: jazusamo

I was forcibly sodomized by Bob Woodward at a party in 1983. Do I get a Senate hearing?


4 posted on 09/17/2018 10:39:55 AM PDT by mbarker12474
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To: jazusamo

This lady will try to delay her meeting with congress. She will try to move it back several weeks.


5 posted on 09/17/2018 10:40:58 AM PDT by poinq
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Its OK. Bring her in and destroy her.


6 posted on 09/17/2018 10:41:42 AM PDT by DarthVader ("The biggest misconception on Free Republic is that the Deep State is invulnerable")
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To: jazusamo

Why? I haven’t seen the slightest indication that she has anything credible to say. Grassley runs a circus.


7 posted on 09/17/2018 10:41:45 AM PDT by DesertRhino (Dog is man's best friend, and moslems hate dogs. Add that up. ....)
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To: jazusamo

The GOP is on the edge of blowing not only the Kavanaugh nomination, but the GOP itself. If this last minute ambush works, the President could nominate a Mother Teresa and the Democrats would find that she had committed crimes against humanity. The next nominee would either be DOA or one that had been precleared as acceptable to the Rats.


8 posted on 09/17/2018 10:41:52 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: jazusamo

I think it plays well for the republicans to mention at every turn how important they view this woman’s confidentiality, and to say how sorry they are that others in the process have not been so kind.


9 posted on 09/17/2018 10:42:14 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: jazusamo

Yep. It all rests on what is meant by “appropriate”. :-)


10 posted on 09/17/2018 10:42:28 AM PDT by cuban leaf
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It should be made very clear that she may testify and if she is found to be lying, prosecution will be swift and sure.


11 posted on 09/17/2018 10:42:29 AM PDT by cyclotic ( We’re the first ones taxed, the last ones considered and the first ones punished)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

DiFi and the RATs have blatantly taken the Senate to a new low with this fiasco.


12 posted on 09/17/2018 10:42:35 AM PDT by jazusamo (Have You Donated to Keep Free Republic Up and Running?)
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I bet that they won’t overturn Roe V. Wade since that is what they’re worried about.


13 posted on 09/17/2018 10:42:49 AM PDT by TakebackGOP
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To: poinq

I would schedule a private hearing only and she can attend or not attend. It should be a short hearing anyway


14 posted on 09/17/2018 10:42:51 AM PDT by martinidon
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Delay, delay & then delay
This is all about the midterms
GOP better not go weak at the knees..oh wait, forgot who I’m talking about


15 posted on 09/17/2018 10:42:53 AM PDT by rainee (Her)
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To: jazusamo

Also, for the sake of argument let’s assume he squeezed a titty in 1982 when he was in high school. How does that have the slightest thing to do with whether he’s okay to be a Supreme Court Justice and the year 2018?


16 posted on 09/17/2018 10:43:24 AM PDT by DesertRhino (Dog is man's best friend, and moslems hate dogs. Add that up. ....)
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To: DarthVader

Its OK. Bring her in and destroy her.


Well, I was going to suggest Kamala Harris because she always TRIES to destroy people, but she always fails.

So It will need to be someone else.


17 posted on 09/17/2018 10:43:30 AM PDT by cuban leaf
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Anyone who comes forward as Dr. Ford has deserves to be heard

I don't agree. Last minute smear campaigns deserve only contempt.

18 posted on 09/17/2018 10:43:31 AM PDT by NorthMountain (... the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed)
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To: jazusamo

Whatever the procedure moving forward, it sets precedent forever. Next week, another accuser with zero proof gets “to be heard,” etc.

Line forms here.


19 posted on 09/17/2018 10:43:51 AM PDT by Basket_of_Deplorables (Q: Believing Is Seeing!)
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I guess Grassley is about as stupid as can be to go along with a hearing from this communists Democrat flake. He should take the vote Thursday, Sept 20, with no delay.
20 posted on 09/17/2018 10:44:47 AM PDT by Logical me
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