Grassley schools Kavanaugh accuser on Constitution, gives Friday deadline for prepared testimony

Well, who would’ve thought it?  It seems there really is a Republican with something that resembles a backbone.  In a letter sent Wednesday to the lawyers representing Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Judge Brett Kavanaugh of a 35-year-old high school-era sexual assault, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, schooled Ford and her attorney or attorneys on the Constitution — something Democrats seem to have a problem with — and gave the California teacher a Friday deadline if she wants to testify on Monday.

Additionally, the Iowa Republican educated Ford on her demand the FBI investigate her decades-old claim prior to giving testimony.

“It is not the FBI’s role to investigate a matter such as this,” he wrote, “The FBI does not make a credibility assessment of any information it receives with respect to a nominee.”

A statement issued Monday by the Justice Department also made this clear, but Ford and her allies have continued calls for such an investigation. Liberal media outlets, meanwhile, have also been busy, pushing anti-Kavanaugh propagnda, assuming the judge’s guilt while — at least in the case of CNN — giving no air time to pro-Kavanaugh evidence.

“The FBI does not make any judgment about the credibility or significance of any allegation. The purpose of a background investigation is to determine whether the nominee could pose a risk to the national security of the United States,” the DOJ statement said.

“On the night of September 12, the FBI received a letter dated from July 2018 alleging that the nominee engaged in an incident of misconduct in the 1980s,” the statement added. “Consistent with the memorandum of understanding, the FBI forwarded this letter to the White House Counsel’s Office. The allegation does not involve any potential federal crime. The FBI’s role in such matters is to provide information for the use of the decision makers.”

“You have stated repeatedly that Dr. Ford wants to tell her story. I sincerely hope that Dr. Ford will accept my invitation to do so, either privately or publicly, on Monday. In the meantime, my staff would still welcome the opportunity to speak with Dr. Ford at a time and place convenient to her,” Grassley further said.

“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. The job of assessing and investigating a nominee’s qualifications in order to decide whether to consent to the nomination is ours, and ours alone,” Grassley added.

In conclusion, Grassley said, “Dr. Ford’s prepared testimony and biography are due to the Committee by 10 a.m. on Friday September 21, if she intends to testify Monday.”

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We’ll be watching to see if she complies and if not, if Grassley follows through with his promise.


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