Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, dismissed as "bulls**t" claims GOP Senate staffers had exhausted every method to contact the woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault.
In an interview with ABC News, Hirono slammed a letter from Senate Judiciary Committee chair Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, to the panel's Democratic members asserting "we have done everything we can" to contact Ford, who acknowledged her allegation in an interview with The Washington Post on Sunday.
Her allegation of an attack at a party in the early 1980s, when both she and Kavanaugh were teenagers, has upended Kavanaugh's confirmation as Republicans now hope to hold a vote next week.
"I would like for us to come together and figure out what's the best way to proceed – not this seat-of-the-pants stuff, the latest being a letter from the chairman to the Democrats saying 'we have done everything we can to contact her,'" Hirono says in a video posted by ABC News.
"That is such bulls**t. I can't hardly stand it."
An aide in Grassley's office pushed back, tweeting that Hirono's complaint was "nonsense."
"This is such nonsense," communications adviser Garrett Ventry tweeted. "The Committee has sent 9 emails and left 2 voicemails."
Democrats on the committee are pressing for Ford to testify after an FBI investigation into the claims is completed; Republicans want Ford and Kavanaugh to testify on the matter at a hearing Monday.
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