Grassley Makes Third Request for Ford's Therapy Notes, Polygraph Info, and More

By Susan Jones | October 5, 2018 | 6:29 AM EDT

Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Sept. 27, 2018. (Photo: Screen capture)

( - The attorneys for Dr. Christine Blasey Ford are refusing to cooperate with repeated requests from the Senate Judiciary Committee to turn over documents Ford referenced in her recent testimony.

Ford's attorneys say they will turn over those materials only to the FBI, an assertion that Grassley rejected.

In a letter to Ford's attorneys dated Thursday, Grassley wrote:

"I urge you once again, now for the third time in writing, to turn over the therapy notes, polygraph materials, and communications with The Washington Post that Dr. Ford has relied upon as evidence."

Grassley noted that the FBI, even if it received those materials, would simply give the evidence to the Senate anyway.

Grassley also asked Ford's attorneys -- "in light of recently uncovered information" -- to turn over "records and descriptions of direct or indirect communications" between Dr. Ford or her lawyers with any of the following: (1) U.S. Senators or their staffs, particularly the offices of Senators Feinstein and Hirono, other than your communications with me and my staff in preparation for the September 27 hearing; (2) the alleged witnesses identified by Dr. Ford (Leland Keyser, Mark Judge, and Patrick “P.J.” Smyth); and (3) Debbie Ramirez, Julie Swetnick, or their representatives.

Both Ramirez and Swetnick accused Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual improprieties, including gang rape in Swetnick's case, but neither story has been corroborated anyone other than hearsay witnesses.

In his letter to Ford's attorneys, Grassley wrote:

You have claimed repeatedly that the evidence I have requested supports Dr. Ford’s allegations against Judge Kavanaugh. She even provided some of this evidence to national news organizations. Accordingly, there is no reason for you to not produce the evidence to the Senate. Indeed, if the evidence supported your client’s allegations, you surely would produce it as quickly as you could.

But you have repeatedly refused to produce this evidence to the Senate. In doing so, you are preventing the Senate from considering the evidence most crucial to Dr. Ford’s allegations. I don’t know what other inference we should draw from your refusal but that the withheld evidence does not support Dr. Ford’s allegations in quite the way you have claimed.


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