In a letter addressed to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa, and obtained by CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360,” Christine Blasey Ford’s attorneys argue that “a full investigation by regulation enforcement officers will be certain that the essential details and witnesses on this matter are assessed in a non-partisan method, and that the Committee is absolutely knowledgeable earlier than conducting any listening to or making any choices.”
The letter from Ford’s attorneys notes that regardless of receiving a “beautiful quantity of assist from her neighborhood,” Ford has additionally “been the goal of vicious harassment and even demise threats” and has been compelled to depart her dwelling.
“We’d welcome the chance to speak with you and Rating Member Feinstein to debate cheap steps as to how Dr. Ford can cooperate whereas additionally caring for her personal well being and safety,” the letter from Ford’s attorneys stated.
“What we’re saying is there must be an investigation as a result of that is the precise factor to do,” Ford’s lawyer Lisa Banks instructed Cooper.
“She is ready to cooperate with the committee and with any regulation enforcement investigation,” she added.
The letter comes after a day of uncertainty about whether or not the listening to scheduled for Monday would even happen, as Republicans continued to emphasise their repeated efforts to succeed in out to Ford.
Final week, information surrounding a non-public letter that had been despatched to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California, raised potential questions on Kavanaugh’s nomination. Feinstein later introduced she had given the letter to the FBI. On Sunday, The Washington Put up revealed a narrative that detailed Ford’s private account of an incident that Ford stated occurred when she and Kavanaugh have been each in highschool.
Ford alleges that whereas at a celebration, Kavanaugh pushed her right into a bed room alongside together with his former classmate Mark Decide, and tried to take away her garments. She additionally alleges that Kavanaugh put her hand over her mouth when she tried to scream. Kavanaugh has denied the incident, and he and Decide each deny being on the social gathering in query.
“It is a utterly false allegation. I’ve by no means executed something like what the accuser describes — to her or to anybody. As a result of this by no means occurred, I had no concept who was making this accusation till she recognized herself yesterday,” Kavanaugh stated in an announcement. “I’m prepared to speak to the Senate Judiciary Committee in any manner the committee deems acceptable to refute this false allegation, from 36 years in the past, and defend my integrity.”
The general public accusation led Grassley on Monday to announce that the committee would convene subsequent Monday to provide each Kavanaugh and Ford the chance to publicly testify, as each had indicated a willingness to take action.
However as of Tuesday afternoon, Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnell stated Republicans had but to listen to from Ford or her lawyer relating to their request for her to testify.
Democrats have pushed again on the listening to. All 10 Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee despatched a letter on Tuesday to FBI Director Christopher Wray and White Home counsel Don McGahn arguing that the FBI ought to conduct an investigation previous to a listening to.
“The Committee ought to have the finished report earlier than any listening to happens and we ask that you just take quick steps to ensure that now we have the FBI’s report earlier than we proceed,” the senators wrote.