Grassley: Kavanaugh Accuser Christine Blasey Ford Not Confirmed for Hearing, Ignoring Efforts to Contact

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said on the Hugh Hewitt Show Tuesday morning that Dr. Christine Blasey Ford has not confirmed her appearance at next Monday’s hearing and that she has ignored repeated efforts by Grassley’s staff to make contact with her “in the last 36 hours.” Grassley raised the possibility of canceling the hearing.

Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.

Ford came forward over the weekend to confirm a letter she wrote last summer to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), the ranking member on the committee, accusing–without evidence or corroboration–Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assaulting her at a drunken high school party

A transcript of McConnell’s remarks was posted by the Hugh Hewitt Show.

HH: Well, I appreciate your candor and your responsiveness. Let’s get right to it. Will the hearing on Monday be televised?

CG: Yeah.

HH: And will there only be two witnesses on Monday?

CG: Yes.

HH: Who’s going to go first?

CG: Oh, we haven’t made up our mind on that, yet, but I assume that Dr. Ford would.

HH: Has Dr. Ford accepted, and she’s agreed to come?

HH: Has Dr. Ford accepted, and she’s agreed to come?

CG: No. We have reached out to her in the last 36 hours three of four times by email, and we’ve not heard from them, so it kind of raises the question do they want to, do they want to come to the public hearing or not? And the reason we’re having the public hearing is obviously, well, number one is accusations like this deserve consideration and looking into, and that’s what the purpose of the hearing is. And we wouldn’t be having this hearing if it wasn’t for the fact that Dr. Ford told the Washington Post and other people publicly that she wanted to testify. And we also have Judge Kavanaugh. Even before we requested him to testify, he said he was willing to testify. As of Sunday night, I had that message. So we still haven’t heard from Dr. Ford. So do they want to have the hearing or not? We’re delaying the vote, strictly, to get all the facts out on the table.

HH: If Dr. Ford declines to attend, will Judge Kavanaugh appear anyway?

CG: First of all, we’ve got to look at why we’re having the hearing. We’re having the hearing because the accusations, accusations that legitimately ought to be looked into about a candidate for the Supreme Court. And it was raised questions what would be the purpose of the hearing if Dr. Ford doesn’t want to respond?

End excerpt. Please read the entire transcript at the Hugh Hewitt Show.

Ford, the reluctant witness, sent letters to her congresswoman and senator in the summer, hired a Democrat lawyer and took a secret polygraph in August, but maintained a facade of not wanting to go public while doing everything to get ready to go public, including reportedly scrubbing her social media accounts.

Will Grassley call her bluff and reschedule the committee vote on Kavanaugh for this Thursday, as was originally planned, if Ford refuses to testify or cooperate with the committee?

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