Grassley working to set up calls with Kavanaugh, accuser before vote

Source: The Hill | September 16, 2018 | Jordain Carney

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, is working to set up separate phone calls with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, before a committee vote scheduled for Thursday.

“Given the late addendum to the background file and revelations of Dr. Ford’s identity, Chairman Grassley is actively working to set up such follow-up calls with Judge Kavanaugh and Dr. Ford ahead of Thursday’s scheduled vote,” a spokesman for Grassley said on Sunday.

The aide added that “the Chairman and Ranking Member routinely hold bipartisan staff calls with nominees when updates are made to nominees’ background files.”

The announcement comes after Ford spoke publicly about her accusation that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in the early 1980s, while they were both in high school, in an interview with The Washington Post published on Sunday.

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