UPDATE: Chuck Grassley, the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee has responded to Ford’s request (seen below).
It has been a week that Christine Blasey Ford never expected to happen when she provided details to the Senate Judiciary Committee about her allegations against President Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh. She never intended for her name to become public, but now that it has leaked she says her life has been turned upside down.
In a letter to the Judiciary Committee, Ford’s attorneys write:
“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. The hearing was scheduled for six short days from today and would include interrogation by Senators who appear to have made up their minds that she is “mistaken” and “mixed up.” 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.”
It is hard to imagine being a victim of sexual assault, but even harder to fathom is what it would be like for your story to come out to the public after three decades and then be scrutinized by the entire world. That’s exactly what Ford is going through right now.
While the federal statute of limitations on these sexual assault allegations have expired years ago in this case, it is the job of the FBI to vet and then investigate allegations such as these when the President of the United States asks them to. Trump, if he was really all about transparency, like he claimed when he declassified the Russia documents earlier this week, would welcome an investigation into these horrific allegations. The Republicans in Congress could also demand an investigation or try to convince the president to launch one.
Ford and her attorneys are now asking specifically for an investigation to take place prior to her testimony before the Judiciary Committee.
“As the Judiciary Committee has recognized and done before, an FBI investigation of the incident should be the first step in addressing her allegations,” explained Ford’s attorneys. “A full investigation by law enforcement officials will ensure that the crucial facts and witnesses in this matter are assessed in a non-partisan manner, and that the Committee is fully informed before conducting any hearing or making any decisions.”
Updated: Moments ago, the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Chuck Grassley, has responded to Ford’s request:
“Nobody should be subject to threats and intimidation, and Dr. Ford is no exception. These are serious allegations and Dr. Ford deserves to be heard.
“Immediately after learning of Dr. Ford’s identity from news reports Sunday, committee staff started working to gather facts related to her claims. We’ve offered Dr. Ford the opportunity to share her story with the committee, as her attorney said yesterday she was willing to do. We offered her a public or a private hearing as well as staff-led interviews, whichever makes her most comfortable. The invitation for Monday still stands.
“Dr. Ford’s testimony would reflect her personal knowledge and memory of events. 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.”