Lawyers for Christine Blasey Ford the California professor claiming Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her more than 35 years ago, late Tuesday night demanded a “full investigation” by the FBI before she will attend any congressional hearing or “interrogation” into her accusations.
In a letter sent to Chairman Grassley; Ford’s attorneys had this to say:
“While Dr. Ford’s life was being turned upside down, you and your staff scheduled a public hearing for her to testify at the same table as Judge Kavanaugh in front of two dozen U.S. Senators on national television to relive this traumatic and harrowing incident,” Ford’s attorneys wrote to Grassley.
“As the Judiciary Committee has recognized and done before, an FBI investigation of the incident should be the first step in addressing her allegations,” Ford’s lawyers said in a letter to committee chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley.
“A full investigation by law enforcement officials will ensure that the crucial facts and witnesses in this matter are assessed in a non-partisan manner, and that the Committee is fully informed before conducting any hearing or making any decisions.”
“She’s not prepared to talk with them at a hearing on Monday,” said Lisa J. Banks, one of Ford’s lawyers. “No legitimate investigation is going to happen between now and Monday.”
She went on to say that Ford’s family “was forced to relocate out of their home” and that “her email has been hacked, and she has been impersonated online.”
“The hearing was scheduled for six short days from today and would include interrogation by Senators who appear to have made up their minds that she is ‘mistaken’ and ‘mixed up.’ While no sexual assault survivor should be subjected to such an ordeal, Dr. Ford wants to cooperate with the Committee and with law enforcement officials.”
Here is the entire letter:
In response, Chairman Grassley, who said Ford is still invited to speak to the committee, countered the attorneys’ claims: “nothing the FBI or any other investigator does would have any bearing on what Dr. Ford tells the committee, so there is no reason for any further delay.”
Other top Republicans, including Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake, who had said they wanted to hear from Ford before voting, have indicated they would move forward with a vote if Ford chose not to testify.
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