Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh has already been through six FBI investigations, beginning in the 1990s and has an “impeccable” record, but the woman accusing him of a sexual asault incident dating back to the time they were both in high school deserves to have her story heard, Sen. Mike Rounds said Wednesday.
“We want a process that the American people feel comfortable with and one that members of the United States Senate feel comfortable with as well,” the South Dakota Republican told Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom.”
“Our role here is to vet Judge Kavanaugh to find out whether or not he is the right person to sit in a lifetime appointment to the bench.”
However, the woman accusing him, California research psychologist Christine Blasey Ford, also deserves to be heard. Initially, both she and Kavanaugh were to speak on Monday to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to discuss the matter, but she so far is refusing to speak unless there is an FBI investigation into the claims.
“I think Chairman [Chuck] Grassley has done an excellent job of trying to reach out under some very unique circumstances, in which the Democrats on this committee apparently had knowledge of these accusations for six weeks before they gave them to the rest of the committee," said Rounds. "That's hardly an appropriate way to treat a chairman who has gone out of their way to try to work across the aisle in these hearings.”
He added that he does not know if Ford will testify, but he does know that Grassley offered her the opportunity to speak in private if she wishes.
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