Senate Judiciary Committee Hammers Democrats, Prods Kavanaugh Accuser For Interview
The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee used Twitter Thursday afternoon to voice its desire to complete an investigation into an accusation brought against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, who is awaiting a vote on whether he will be confirmed as the newest U.S. Supreme Court Justice.
Meanwhile, attorneys for the accuser signaled that she might be willing to testify amid revelations they would be hosting a fundraising event for a Senate Democrat running for re-election, bolstering claims that the accusation is being used by Democrats for political gains.
In a series of posts, it confirmed interviews with Kavanaugh and two other men alleged to be tied to the accusation. It also hammered Democrats for hiding the accusation "for MONTHS", not turning over the entire letter containing the accusation, and not participating in the committee's investigation.
The committee posted that members of its staff interviewed Kavanaugh Monday "under penalty of felony", meaning that if he is found to have lied to the committee that he could be convicted of a felony.
It also confirmed that two other men Dr. Christine Blasey Ford said were at a party 36 years ago when she says Kavanaugh assaulted her, have both been interviewed "under penalty of felony". One of those men, Mark Judge, was named by Blasey Ford in her accusation.
The committee says that Democratic staff were invited to interview all three men, but declined to do so. It also posted that it invited Dr. Basely Ford for "bipartisan interview", but "her lawyers haven't agreed to an interview."
Also posted on the thread, "Her attorneys say there needs to be an investigation, which is exactly what the committee has been doing all week. And we would love to hear from Dr. Ford. Democratic staff is invited to participate fully every step of the way."
An attorney for Blasey Ford said Thursday afternoon that she would testify to Senate panel if the terms are "fair", but that appearing on Monday is "not possible".
Blasey's attorneys have maintained that she wants a full FBI investigation of her accusation before making any testimony on the matter. The FBI received the letter one week ago, and turned it over to the White House, which then forwarded it to Congress.
In the accusation, Blasey Ford claims Kavanaugh and Judge were drunk at a party at a home in Montgomery County, Maryland, cornered her in a room and that Kavanaugh groped and tried to kiss her while they were both clothed. She says the incident did not go further when Judge jumped on top of them, knocking them off the bed. Blasey says she cannot remember where the house the party was hosted is, and thinks that it happened at approximately the end of the Summer of 1982.
The FBI has said that it could not investigate the incident, and there is some debate on whether or not a president can order the bureau to investigate. Republicans have said that Democrats are attempting to delay a vote on Kavanaugh's nomination until next year, with the DNC confident it can gain back control of the Senate.
The claims that Democrats were simply using Basely Ford for political gains strengthened earlier Thursday when her attorneys were listed as the headliners of an October 1 DNC fundraiser for Wisconsin Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin. Invitations for the event were mailed out this morning.