‘It’s Not My Normal Approach’: Grassley Moves Back Deadline For Kavanaugh Accuser AGAIN

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley has moved the deadline for Christine Blasey Ford to respond to committee inquiry back yet again.

Initially, Grassley gave Ford and her lawyers until Friday morning to respond but pushed it back until Friday evening at 10 pm. They are simply supposed to inform the committee whether Ford is wanting to testify in front of the committee. She now has until Saturday evening to give an answer.

Ford, who has accused the United States Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault during an incident which took place 36 years ago, initially sent the accusation in writing to Democrat Senator Diane Feinstein and did not say at the time whether she wanted to have her name publically revealed.

According to reports, Ford decided not to come forward and said her testimony would do nothing to derail the process. Her name and accusation were nonetheless leaked to the media and later confirmed by Ford.

The letter, which was sent to the Feinstein office in July, remained secret until after Judge Kavanaugh completed the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation gauntlet: hundreds of hours of questioning in both public and private hearings and personal meetings, and answered thousands of questions.

“Judge Kavanaugh, I just granted another extension to Dr. Ford to decide if she wants to proceed with the statement she made last week to testify to the Senate. She should decide so we can move on. I want to hear her. I hope you understand. It’s not my normal approach to be indecisive,” Grassley wrote on social media.

As BizPac Review reports, Ford and her lawyers did say they would be open to testifying before the committee so long as a list of demands are met by the committee. It seems the extended deadline allows the committee staff and the lawyers to negotiate a meeting:

The message did not indicate a new deadline but Kavanaugh’s confirmation vote is still scheduled for Monday.

The liberal California professor claiming that a drunken Kavanaugh groped her at a house party when they were teens in high school had demanded a a “full FBI investigation” before she agreed to testify before Congress.

She then attempted to subvert the judicial process by issuing a list of demands as a precondition to her appearance, including a demand that she only be questioned by members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and that Kavanaugh – who has denied the allegations –  should testify before she does.

And, from Washington Examiner:

Christine Blasey Ford’s lawyer Debra Katz sent an email shortly after 9 p.m. to Chairman Chuck Grassley’s staff, deploring the Iowa Republican’s decision to schedule a vote Monday on Kavanaugh’s nomination if Ford’s lawyers did not respond by 10 p.m. or she decided not to testify.

“The imposition of aggressive and artificial deadlines regarding the date and conditions of any hearing has created tremendous and unwarranted anxiety and stress on Dr. Ford,” the email said. “Your cavalier treatment of a sexual assault survivor who has been doing her best to cooperate with the Committee is completely inappropriate.”

“The 10:00 p.m. deadline is arbitrary. Its sole purpose is to bully Dr. Ford and deprive her of the ability to make a considered decision that has life-altering implications for her and her family,” the email continued.

Grassley and Ford’s lawyers have been negotiating over possible testimony next week. Grassley originally invited Ford to appear Monday in front of the committee, but Ford’s lawyers said that was not feasible.

“Another day, another delay,” some people are saying online while criticizing Grassley’s extension.

Some others commented that Grassley could be walking a fine line in trying to allow Ford to speak, thus catering to some vulnerable Republican votes like Susan Collins and Jeff Flake who asked she get a chance to speak. Several other Republicans are saying that the vote should still happen on its Monday scheduled hearing.

President Trump has voiced that he wants the confirmation vote whether Ford decides to testify or not.

“Senator Feinstein and the Democrats held the letter for months, only to release it with a bang after the hearings were OVER – done very purposefully to Obstruct & Resist & Delay. Let her testify, or not, and TAKE THE VOTE!”

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