(National Sentinel) Bending Over: Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Charles Grassley told panel Democrats in a letter late Wednesday their claims his deadline of 10:00 a.m. on Friday for Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser to agree to testify before members was not out of line and, in fact, more generous than the deadline Democrats imposed on Anita Hill.
He reminded them that the timeline set for Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford is far better than that imposed on Hill, who accused Justice Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment, by then-Judiciary Committee chairman Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware — accusations that also came late in the confirmation process in 1991 (sound familiar?).
In addition, Grassley brushed aside demands from panel Dems that the FBI investigate Ford’s claims, noting that it’s the Senate’s responsibility, not the bureau’s, to investigate claims made against a Supreme Court nominee.
“Your letter requests that I demand that the FBI conduct an additional investigation into this matter,” wrote Grassley. “This request demonstrates a fundamental misunderstanding of the FBI background investigation process.”
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“It is not the FBI’s role to investigate a matter such as this,” Grassley explained. “The Constitution assigns the Senate, and only the Senate, with the task of advising the President on his nominee and consenting to the nomination if the circumstances merit. We have no power to commandeer an Executive Branch agency into conducting our due diligence.”
And not only that, but Kavanaugh as already been vetted by the FBI a half-dozen times for prior White House and Judicial Branch appointments.
What’s more, Biden, Grassley reminded his Democratic colleagues, informed the George H. W. Bush administration right away of Hill’s allegations, whereby Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California sat on a letter she allegedly got from Ford over the summer — never even mentioning it to Kavanaugh in one-on-one meetings or during his confirmation hearings.
“We are in the same position the Committee was in after Professor Hill’s allegations were leaked,” Grassley contended, noting Hill appeared five days after her charges were ‘leaked.’
“After that leak, we did not ask the FBI to conduct an investigation. Instead, we reopened the hearing and assessed the testimony that was given on our own. As in 1991, it is now up to the Senate to gather and assess the relevant evidence.”
“I am following the same timeline Chairman Biden did after Professor Hill’s allegations were made public,” he added.
In fact, he’s given Ford two more day’s notice.
Thursday afternoon CNN reported that Ford’s attorney said she would be ‘open’ to testifying before the committee, but not by Grassley’s Monday date which he set on Wednesday.
Of course not; the goal here isn’t to testify, it’s to delay Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
Ford and her legal team are even “demanding fairness” — which, translated, means those mean Republicans on the committee aren’t allowed to ask her tough questions.
Grassley shouldn’t bend anymore to this women or to Democrats. If they want to ‘run things,’ let them win more elections. Meantime, we’ve got an imminently qualified jurist to put on the Supreme Court.