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Sen. Grassley Refuses to Move Monday's Kavanaugh Hearing

Sen. Grassley Refuses to Move Monday's Kavanaugh Hearing
Senate Judiciary Committee head Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 18 September 2018 11:03 PM

Senate Judiciary Committee head Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, refused Tuesday to delay a hearing on allegations by a California psychology professor that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her more than 30 years ago.

Christine Blasey Ford's lawyers demanded late Tuesday a "full investigation" by the FBI before she would attend any congressional hearing or "interrogation" into her charges.

"While Dr. Ford's life was being turned upside down, you and your staff scheduled a public hearing for her to testify at the same table as Judge Kavanaugh in front of two dozen U.S. Senators on national television to relive this traumatic and harrowing incident," Ford's attorneys wrote to Grassley, Fox News reported.

But Grassley pushed back.

"Nothing the FBI or any other investigator does would have any bearing on what Dr. Ford tells the committee, so there is no reason for any further delay," he said, Fox News reported.

According to the news outlet, an unnamed federal law enforcement official called it "totally inappropriate for someone to demand we use law enforcement resources to investigate a 35-year-old allegation when she won't go under oath and can't remember key details including when or where it happened."

Fox News reported the FBI would have to have explicit instructions from the White House to conduct any additional probe.

The Senate Judiciary Committee hearing is set for Monday.

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A hearing on allegations by a California psychology professor that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her more than 30 years ago will not be moved back from Monday, according to Senate Judiciary Committee head Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa.
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