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Kavanaugh accuser: FBI should investigate claims of sexual assault

Christine Blasey Ford told Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley Tuesday that she wants the FBI to investigate her claims of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, raising further doubts about whether she and Kavanaugh will appear before the committee on Monday.
Ford’s attorneys did not explicitly say in a letter to committee leaders that she will not appear on Monday, but said that an inquiry by the FBI “will ensure that the crucial facts and witnesses in this matter are assessed in a non-partisan manner.” Republicans have signaled that they will move forward with the hearing regardless of whether Ford shows up or not.
“While no sexual assault survivor should be subjected to such an ordeal, Dr. Ford wants to cooperate with the Committee and with law enforcement officials. As the Judiciary Committee has recognized and done before, an FBI investigation of the incident should be the first step in addressing her allegations,” said Ford’s attorneys, Debra Katz and Lisa Banks.
Responding to Ford, Grassley suggested on Tuesday evening that Monday’s scheduled hearing should proceed regardless of whether or not she is willing to appear.
“The invitation for Monday still stands. Dr. Ford’s testimony would reflect her personal knowledge and memory of events,” Grassley said. “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.”
Ford’s push for an independent investigation into her allegations that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her while they were both in high school is consistent with the demands of Senate Democrats who have asked for the FBI or an independent counsel to investigate the claims instead of having senators trying to suss out the truth through a hearing. Kavanaugh has repeatedly denied Ford’s allegations.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the ranking member of the panel, said that the hearing scheduled for Monday should be delayed, adding: “We’re better than this.”