Ruth Marcus: We know who Kavanaugh's accuser is. What should happen now?


Christine Blasey Ford has the option of privately testifying before a Senate panel next week about an allegation of sexual misconduct she has leveled against President Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday.

Grassley told Hugh Hewitt on his radio show that Ford has not accepted his request to appear before the committee.

Ford says a drunken Kavanaugh assaulted her decades ago when they were teenagers.

"I think we have to give her the hearing that she deserves, with actual investigation like there would be for any kind of trial on this kind of issue", Sack said. "Dr. Blasey is not simply 'Judge Kavanaugh's accuser.' Dr. Blasey is a human being with a life of her own".

The former Democratic presidential nominee said on MSNBC on Tuesday the relevant precedent is the FBI's investigation of Anita Hill's sexual-harassment allegation against Clarence Thomas in 1991.

Senator Chuck Grassley said Ms Ford has not responded to attempts by the Republican-led judiciary committee, which oversees the confirmation process, to contact her.

"That's very puzzling to me", she said about the uncertainty of Ford's appearance. The president also called the treatment of Kavanaugh "very unfair" and said that his nominee is "such an outstanding man, it's very hard for me to imagine anything happened".

There are no Republican women on the Senate Judiciary Committee, and the idea of an outside questioner being brought in has been floated publicly.

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He also said while he was friends with Kavanaugh in high school, he doesn't recall Kavanaugh ever acting that way.

"If we don't hear from both sides on Monday, let's vote", Corker tweeted Tuesday night.

Ford told The Washington Post in an interview published Sunday that Kavanaugh drunkenly pinned her to a bed on her back, groped her and put his hand over her mouth to stifle her screams at a house party in the early 1980s. During the hearings, she was subjected to degrading questions and personal attacks; used as a political pawn as the committee's senators, one by one, attempted to humiliate her.

If Ford decides to appear on Capitol Hill next week, Republicans said they were ready to go forward.

He added: "Hopefully the woman will come forward, state her case".

"Hi all, deleted this because it served its goal and I am now dealing with a slew of requests for interviews from The Wash Post, CNN, CBS News", she tweeted.

Kevin De Leon, for withholding Christine Blasey Ford's allegations about Brett Kavanaugh for weeks.

But a source who supports Kavanaugh notes that it was Feinstein who declined to release the letter back in July before the hearings, and rejects any notion that the Federal Bureau of Investigation should step in and investigate first.