GOP is Investigating the Ford Allegations Against Kavanaugh, No FBI Probe Needed
- The FBI has no jurisdiction in such a case, no federal crime was committed
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) says the FBI does not need to look into the sexual-assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh because Republicans are conducting their own investigation.
California teacher Christine Blasey Ford wants the FBI to investigate her claim that Brett Kavanaugh assaulted her when they were teenagers, something Judge Kavanaugh denies. Dr. Ford says the investigation should happen before a Monday hearing at which she and Judge Kavanaugh are invited to testify.
Senator Grassley rejected that idea Wednesday, saing “no other outside investigation is necessary.”
President Donald Trump also has refused to get the FBI involved.
Republican staffers on the Judiciary panel have interviewed Judge Kavanaugh and sought an interview with Dr. Ford.
Committee Democrats have not participated and are calling for the FBI’s involvement which they know is uncalled for and inappropriate.
Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) says the Senate Judiciary Committee should move forward with the confirmation vote of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh if the panel does not hear from the woman who has accused him of sexual assault.
“After learning of the allegation, Chairman Chuck Grassley took immediate action to endure both Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh have the opportunity to be heard, in public or private. Republicans extended a hand in good faith. If we don’t hear from both sides on Monday, let’s vote,” the Tennessee Republican tweeted Tuesday night.
Senator Grassley invited Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh to testify on the allegations Monday, 24 September, but Dr. Ford’s attorney Tuesday called for an FBI investigation ahead of the hearing, the FBI has no jurisdiction in such a case, no federal crime was committed.
Expect the Senate panel to approve Judge Kavanaugh, sent it to the Senate for a vote where Judge Kavanaugh will be appointed to the Supreme Court before 1 October.