On Tuesday, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) requested material evidence from Christine Blasey Ford and her lawyers related to her allegation of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. On Wednesday, Ford’s lawyers responded — but with some conditions.
The Hill reported that Ford’s attorneys have agreed to fulfill Grassley’s request, but only if the FBI agrees to interview Ford as a part of its weeklong supplemental investigation into Kavanaugh.
As of Wednesday, Ford’s attorneys said she hasn’t been contacted for an interview, and Bloomberg reported that the FBI was not given permission to interview either Kavanaugh or Ford for the brief investigation, since the two already testified extensively about the case.
Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is frustrated that material evidence is being withheld from the committee’s consideration. Ford’s lawyers call it “inconceivable” that the FBI would conduct an investigation without interviewing the two primary subjects of the allegations in question.
Grassley expressed disappointment Wednesday in Ford’s lawyers’ demand for an FBI interview in exchange for evidence.
“The Constitution tasks the Senate, not the media or the FBI, with providing advice and consent for Supreme Court nominees,” Grassley said in a statement. “It’s disappointing that Dr. Ford’s attorneys were willing to share evidence with The Washington Post many weeks ago but to this day refuse to share the same evidence, which Dr. Ford relied on in her testimony, with the Senate.”
Grassley had requested Ford’s therapist notes, any recordings of her August polygraph test, and text messages exchanged between Ford and a Washington Post reporter. He raised specific concerns about the polygraph after Ford’s ex-boyfriend sent a letter claiming Ford has coached someone on a polygraph before, something she denied under oath.
Fox News reported that the Senate Judiciary Committee should have the results of the FBI’s investigation by Thursday morning.