Sen. Gillibrand: Asking Kavanaugh’s Accuser to Testify ‘Is Silencing Her’

Craig Bannister | September 20, 2018 | 9:58am EDT
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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)

Giving Christine Blasey Ford the opportunity to testify about her unsubstantiated accusations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is, somehow, silencing her, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) declared Wednesday night.

Refusing to launch an FBI investigation into Ford’s claims is also “silencing her,” Sen. Gillibrand said in a tweet:

“Denying Dr. Ford an FBI investigation is silencing her. Forcing her into a sham hearing is silencing her. And pushing through Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation is silencing her.”

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has offered Ford four options:

  1. A public hearing;
  2. A private hearing;
  3. A public staff interview; or
  4. A private staff interview.

"I am even willing to have my staff travel to Dr. Ford in California -- or anywhere else -- to obtain her testimony," Grassley said, noting that Judge Kavanaugh "immediately agreed to cooperate" and he sat for a transcribed interview, under penalty of felony, on Monday.

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