Grassley calls Kavanaugh’s accuser’s bluff after repeated requests for testimony go unanswered: ‘Surely, she’s prepared’?

It’s beginning to make sense why the lawyer representing Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually abusing her 36 years ago, appeared on CNN Monday to say her client is willing to testify — which may be a cover for an ensuing delay tactic.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said Tuesday in an interview with Salem Radio host Hugh Hewitt that Ford is not responding to requests to testify about her claims.

“We still haven’t heard from Dr. Ford, so do they want to have the hearing or not?” he said. “We’ve reached out to her in the last 36 hours, three or four times by email and we have not heard from them.”

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing next Monday to allow Ford to speak.

“It kind of raises the question do they want to come to the public hearing or not?” Grassley continued. “The reason we are having the public hearing is obviously, well number one, accusations like this deserve consideration and looking into and that’s what the purpose of the hearing is.”

He noted that they’re holding the hearing because Ford told the Washington Post she wanted to testify — at least, she did until Grassley called her bluff.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh has accepted the invitation to testify and is scheduled to be on Capitol Hill Monday, Townhall reported.

Grassley told Hewitt there’s no current effort by the FBI to investigate the claims of an incident that allegedly took place nearly four decades ago.

“The FBI investigation of Judge Kavanaugh is closed,” he said. “The FBI is not doing any further investigation.”

For what it’s worth, Grassley was noncommittal about the date of a conformation vote, but Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told Fox News’ Sean Hannity a vote will take place next Wednesday.

Here’s a sampling of online responses, with social media users very skeptical about whether Ford will show up Monday:

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