The top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee is reportedly questioning the reliability of the memory of a woman accusing Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault.
As the Daily Caller reported, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. — the panel's ranking member — told reporters Tuesday the trauma of the event that California psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford described may have adversely affected her memory.
Fox News reporter Chad Pergram tweeted that Feinstein — via a colleague — says Ford is a person "profoundly impacted on this . . . I can't say that everything is truthful. I don't know."
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders responded on Twitter:
"Now clear why top Democrat on Senate Judiciary Committee did nothing with allegation for months or even ask Judge Kavanaugh about it. Senator Feinstein just said 'I can't say everything's truthful.'"
Earlier Tuesday, Feinstein criticized Republicans for rushing the pace of the hearings for Kavanaugh's confirmation, comparing them to the "mistakes" of the 1991 testimony of Anita Hill against Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
In her statement, she also lashed out at GOP Senate members for limiting public testimony at a scheduled hearing Monday to just Kavanaugh and Ford.
"Chairman [Sen. Charles] Grassley [R-Iowa on Tuesday] said there would be only two witnesses invited to testify at the Kavanaugh hearing next week on sexual assault allegations," Feinstein said in a statement, NBC News reported.
"Compare that to the 22 witnesses at the 1991 Anita Hill hearing and it's impossible to take this process seriously."
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