Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is trying to be thorough by investigating sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. But he has limits.
Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) apparently crossed that line with the latest allegation he sent to Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“We’ve reached a new level of absurdity with this allegation,” Grassley wrote in his response to Coons. “There is no evidence that Judge Kavanaugh was anywhere near the party or had anything to do with it at all."
What was in the letter?
Coons received an email from a man named Tad Low, who claimed to have some information that could relate to Kavanaugh. Low said he attended Yale while Kavanaugh was in law school.
Low said he attended a party at a house owned by the fraternity of which Kavanaugh was a member, and witnessed some particularly inappropriate behavior involving some fraternity members and a local prostitute. The party allegedly occurred during the 1987-88 academic year.
Problem is, Low doesn't even know whether Kavanaugh was at the party. He's just asking the Senate Judiciary Committee to get more of Kavanaugh's calendars to see if he listed a party during that time frame.
Not mad, just disappointed
This totally unfounded shot in the dark caused Grassley to be disappointed that Coons would even waste his or Senate staff's time.
“I appreciate that you’ve handled yourself with the seriousness befitting a U.S. Senator throughout such of this nomination process,” Grassley wrote. “That’s why I was disappointed when you forwarded me allegations relating to Judge Kavanaugh’s ‘years in New Haven.'"
Grassley suggested Coons apply a little more scrutiny to information he receives before he sends it off for the committee to investigate.
“My investigators have serious work to do,” Grassley said. “While the Minority has refused to engage with the allegations against Judge Kavanaugh in any meaningful way, my investigators have tried to pursue every relevant lead.
“I therefore hope that, before forwarding an allegation in the future, you will first consider whether you’d want you or your staff to spend valuable time investigating it. Thanks for your consideration,” Grassley concluded.
Read the full allegation letter and Grassley's full response below:
This could be the big one! Yalie sends Sen. Coons a new Kavanaugh allegation. Coons forwards to Chairman Grassley... https://t.co/5Lu7DLY4We— Byron York (@Byron York) 1538508476.0
Chairman Grassley responds to Sen. Coons' new allegation: https://t.co/9zy1jUzrbJ— Byron York (@Byron York) 1538508577.0