Senate Republicans plan to push ahead with a vote on Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, if his accuser does not testify at a scheduled Monday hearing.
CNN reported Thursday that Sen. John Cornyn, the majority whip who sits on the Judiciary Committee, said: "What we are interested in knowing for her is whether she had credible testimony that this even occurred as she said it did. If she doesn't show up, we don't have that information and we have to proceed without it."
Christine Blasey Ford has claimed that while she and Kavanaugh were in high school, he pinned her to a bed and groped her during a party. Kavanaugh has strongly denied the claims.
Ford has asked that the FBI investigate the alleged incident before she appears for a committee hearing.
According to CNN, Cornyn sees no reason why other people, other than Kavanaugh and Ford, should give testimony.
“We already had a hearing,” Cornyn said. “That’s what I call hijacking the regular committee process to accommodate political interests.”
Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has asked Ford's attorney to respond by 10 a.m. Friday on whether she will appear on Monday.
But Democrats are claiming the Monday hearing ultimatum is just bullying, The Washington Post reported.
"Someone who is lying does not ask the FBI to investigate their claims,” Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) said. “Who is not asking the FBI to investigate these claims? The White House. Judge Kavanaugh has not asked to have the FBI investigate these claims. Is that the reaction of an innocent person?"
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