Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her, has yet to accept an invitation to testify Monday in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“We have reached out to her in the last 36 hours — three or four times by email and we’ve not heard from them, he said on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show on Tuesday. “It kind of raises the question do they want to come to the public hearing or not?
“And the reason we’re having the public hearing is obviously, well, number one is accusations like this deserve consideration and looking into, and that’s what the purpose of the hearing is.
“And we wouldn’t be having this hearing if it wasn’t for the fact that Dr. Ford told The Washington Post and other people publicly that she wanted to testify. And we also have Judge Kavanaugh. Even before we requested him to testify, he said he was willing to testify. As of Sunday night, I had that message.
“So, we still haven’t heard from Dr. Ford. So, do they want to have the hearing or not? We’re delaying the vote, strictly, to get all the facts out on the table.”
“What would be the purpose of the hearing if Dr. Ford doesn’t want to respond?” Grassley said.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell later told reporters that Ford was given the choice of testify either in public or in private.
Meanwhile Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., has blasted Senate Democrats for the low-blow opposition to Kavanaugh and claimed the sexual assault allegation against high court nominee was suspiciously timed.
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