The Senate Judiciary Committee led by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) agreed today to use prosecutor experienced in sex-crimes to serve as an investigative staff counsel for the hearing.
Christine Ford accused Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual abuse 36 years ago at an unknown place or time.
Since then her named witnesses, including a female friend, have ALL denied the woman’s accusations.
The letter from Mike Davis, Chief Counsel for Nominations with the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary, was leaked this afternoon.
The letter was addressed to attorney Michael R. Bromwich who also represents former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.
The Chairman promised Dr. Ford that he would provide a fair, safe, dignified forum for Dr. Ford to provide her testimony. The Chairman and Dr. Ford both agree that we do not want a “circus,” like we experienced during the first four days of the confirmation hearing.
For the most serious hearings in our more recent history, such as Watergate and Iran-Contra, the Senate had experienced counsel question the witnesses. The Chairman believes that Dr. Ford’s allegations are serious. Thus, the Chairman has hired an experienced sex-crimes prosecutor to serve as an investigative staff counsel for the hearing. She will question Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh on Thursday on behalf of the Republican members.
The Chairman’s goal is to de-politicize this process and search for the truth – instead of creating a forum for senators to grandstand or launch their presidential campaigns.
As we discussed, the Chairman’s staff looks forward to working with you on all the hearing logistics and security issues.
Finally, I have attached a letter from the Chairman, in response to Dr. Ford’s letter on Saturday. As we discussed and agreed, we are going to publicly release these letters.
Mike Davis, Chief Counsel for Nominations
United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary
Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Chairman