Kavanaugh accuser wants Federal Bureau of Investigation probe before she will testify

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President Donald Trump said on Wednesday it was up to the U.S. Senate how to handle a sexual assault allegation brought by a woman against his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Feinstein and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY were among a number of Democrats who demanded a delay in the Senate Judiciary vote to hear from Ford, including all 10 Democrats on the committee. But the story leaked anyway, and it wasn't long before reporters sussed her out and began showing up on her doorstep.

Grassley was more definitive in an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt Tuesday morning.

"The FBI investigation of Judge Kavanaugh is closed", he said.

In July, Ford initially wrote about her allegation in a letter that was eventually sent to Sen. Furthermore, as the Department of Justice has already made clear, the FBI's jurisdiction only extends to potential federal crimes, not local crimes such as sexual assaults in private residences.

Kavanaugh, 53, was at the White House on Tuesday for a second straight day, but again did not meet with Trump. And it's about time that other Americans-particularly men, senators, congressmen, and constituents-join her in that effort across the board. Republicans have charged Democrats with attempting to stymie the confirmation until after the November midterm elections, and with weaponizing Ford's allegation to achieve that political end. She once said that members of the Trump administration who lie for the president have "sold their souls".

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) on Monday called for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser, professor Christine Blasey Ford, to appear before his committee next week. Even if the allegations are true, she does not believe they should disqualify the nominee, "because I don't think that's the kind of life that he's led".

In the end, Thomas was confirmed; he is now the most senior justice on the court.

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Some Democrats argue that the Kavanaugh allegation should be investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and then resubmitted as part of his background check file for committee review before any testimony from Ford and Kavanaugh.

"More to the point, I never saw Brett act in the manner Dr. Ford describes", Judge said in a letter to the panel.

"There must be an agreement on witnesses, and the FBI should be given time to reopen its background check investigation into Judge Kavanaugh", Schumer said. Ford told the Washington Post that in 1982, when she was 15 and he was 17, Kavanaugh pinned her down to a bed, groped her, tried to take off her clothes, and covered her mouth to prevent her from screaming. It's the men in this country, and I just want to say to the men of this country, just shut up and step up.

Debra Katz, the lawyer representing Ford, told CNN Monday her client is willing to testify.

The move forced Republicans to put off a planned committee vote for Thursday on Kavanaugh's nomination. Republicans said late Tuesday they were considering hiring outside attorneys, presumably including women, to question the witnesses. Dianne Feinstein of California, the top Democrat on the committee. He seemed to think he had posed a real moral puzzler.

Republican Sen. Susan Collins of ME, who has been wooed by Kavanaugh opponents hoping she'll vote with the Democrats, tweeted Tuesday she was "respectfully recommending" that at Monday's hearing the counsel for Ford be allowed to question Kavanaugh.

"I have no information to offer the Committee and I do not wish to speak publicly regarding the incidents described in Dr. Ford's letter", Judge added.

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