‘Stunning’: Grassley raises eyebrows, fires off blistering letter to Ford’s attorneys demanding evidence

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley fired off a blistering letter to the attorneys representing Christine Blasey Ford, demanding they turn over some of the evidence they claimed to have.

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His letter Thursday repeated his two previous requests for “therapy notes, polygraph materials, and communications with The Washington Post that Dr. Ford has relied upon as evidence” in her allegations that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a party when the two were in high school over three decades ago.

Grassley noted in the letter that Ford’s allegations have “put Judge Kavanaugh on trial before the nation.”

Noting that the Committee has a “constitutional obligation to investigate and evaluate independently the President’s nominees,” Grassley said that the Senate’s “obligation is unrelated to anything the FBI does … We have to make our own assessment.”

“The FBI’s investigative decisions aren’t our concern. Even if the FBI never interviews Dr. Ford, or interviews her ten times, this Committee has a constitutional obligation to investigate Dr. Ford’s allegations, and that’s what we’ve been doing since we became aware of her allegations,” he wrote.

“If the evidence supported your client’s allegations, you surely would produce it as quickly as you could,” Grassley told Ford’s attorneys.

“But you have repeatedly refused to produce this evidence to the Senate. In doing so, you are preventing the Senate from considering the evidence most crucial to Dr. Ford’s allegations. I don’t know what other inference we should draw from your refusal but that the withheld evidence does not support Dr. Ford’s allegations in quite the way you have claimed,” he added.

The conclusion of Grassley’s letter raised some eyebrows as he indicated that there may have been some “direct or indirect communications” going on.

The Daily Caller’s Benny Johnson speculated that either Grassley or the FBI “found something” this week prompting the demands.

Meanwhile, Sen. Tom Cotton indicated that Ford’s attorneys – recommended to her by Democrats – will be facing a Washington D.C. bar investigation.

“They have betrayed her. She has been victimized by Democrats on a search-and-destroy mission for Brett Kavanaugh,” the Arizona Republican said Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

Michael Bromwich – who is also representing former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe – and Debra Katz revealed during the hearing last week that they took Ford’s case pro bono. But they apparently did not tell their client that she did not have to travel to Washington, D.C. to speak to the Judiciary Committee.

Ford’s trip to appear before the Senators and the public hearing could have been avoided if her attorneys had not had another agenda, which Cotton said would be under investigation. He also promised that Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein’s office would be under investigation over the leaking of Ford’s letter.

“Any impact that this entire episode has had on women’s willingness to come forward and report sexual assault, which I encourage them all to do immediately after it happens, is caused by the Democrats, is caused by Dianne Feinstein and Chuck Schumer not respecting her requests for confidentiality,“ Cotton said.

Meanwhile, Grassley’s letter and his conduct throughout the process have earned him a new respect.


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