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Chuck Grassley fumes about the Christine Blasey Ford-Brett Kavanaugh saga in a series of bizarre tweets

September 22,2018 13:22

Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley granted Christine Blasey Ford's attorneys an extension to decide whether she'll speak to lawmakers about her claim that Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were in high school in the ...and more »



Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, listens as President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, for the third day of his confirmation hearing to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy.
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Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley granted Christine Blasey Ford's attorneys an extension to decide whether she'll speak to lawmakers about her claim that Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were in high school in the 1980s.
Ford's attorneys sent a letter to the committee on Friday ahead of an initial 10 p.m. ET deadline to ask for more time. The lawyer, Debra Katz, also scolded the senators for displaying what she called a "cavalier" attitude toward a "sexual assault survivor."
After granting the extension, Grassley appeared to fume about it on Twitter, and seemed to apologize to Kavanaugh, who is waiting for the senators to vote on his confirmation to the Supreme Court.

Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley appeared to fume on Friday night about his decision to grant Christine Blasey Ford's attorneys request for more time to decide whether she'll speak to lawmakers about her claim that Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her decades ago.
Ford's attorneys sent a letter to the committee on Friday ahead of an initial 10 p.m. ET deadline to ask for more time. The lawyer, Debra Katz, scolded the senators for displaying what she called a "cavalier" attitude toward a "sexual assault survivor."
"Our modest request is that she be given an additional day to make her decision," Katz wrote, according to CNN.
After granting the extension, Grassley seemed to grumble about it in a series of tweets:
"Five times now we hv granted extension for Dr Ford to decide if she wants to proceed w her desire stated one wk ago that she wants to tell senate her story Dr Ford if u changed ur mind say so so we can move on I want to hear ur testimony. Come to us or we to u."
Grassley continued, this time addressing Kavanaugh: "Judge Kavanaugh I just granted another extension to Dr Ford to decide if she wants to proceed w the statement she made last week to testify to the senate She shld decide so we can move on I want to hear her. I hope u understand. It's not my normal approach to b indecisive."
Observers began to question whether Grassley actually meant to send a text or private message. Others noted Grassley's language implied that the committee is not genuinely interested in Ford's story.
"If you actually thought that Republicans on the Senate Judiciary were planning to give Christine Blasey Ford a fair hearing, joke's on you, I guess," Rolling Stone writer Jamil Smith said.
In a final tweet Friday night, Grassley fumed a bit more, while evoking Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer's name:
"With all the extensions we give Dr Ford to decide if she still wants to testify to the Senate I feel like I'm playing 2nd trombone in the judiciary orchestra and Schumer is the conductor."
The back-and-forth has exasperated some Republicans who are eager to confirm Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court and notch another victory for President Donald Trump ahead of the November midterm elections. Kavanaugh is Trump's second nominee to the bench.

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