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Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser calls for FBI investigation

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Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh listens during his U.S.
Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill
in Washington, US, September 4, 2018.

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  • Attorneys for Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, the woman
    accusing Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her
    during their high school years in the 1980s, wants “a full
    investigation by law enforcement officials” of the alleged
    incident.
  • Ford’s attorneys said in a letter that a federal
    investigation must be conducted, prior to any hearings, in
    order “ensure that the crucial facts and witnesses in this
    matter are assessed.”
  • Prior to the letter, lawmakers were awaiting Ford’s
    response to their request for a public hearing set for
    Monday.
  • The letter also confirmed earlier reports that Ford, a
    mother of two teenagers, was targeted with death threats after
    she came forward with her allegations against
    Kavanaugh.

Attorneys for Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who accused
Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her during their
high school years in the 1980s, said she wants “a full
investigation by law enforcement officials” for the alleged
incident prior to her making an appearance in a public hearing,
according to a
CNN report
published Tuesday.

Ford’s attorney’s wrote in a letter to Sen. Chuck Grassley, the
Republican chairman of the Judiciary Committee, saying that an
FBI investigation would “ensure that the crucial facts and
witnesses in this matter are assessed in a non-partisan manner,”
and would be critical “before conducting any hearing or making
any decisions.”

“We would welcome the to opportunity to talk with you and Ranking
Member [Dianne] Feinstein to discuss reasonable steps as to how
Dr. Ford can cooperate while also taking care of her own health
and security,” the letter reportedly said.

“What we’re saying is there should be an investigation because
that’s the right thing to do,” Lisa Banks, Ford’s attorney,
said to CNN host Anderson Cooper. “She is prepared to cooperate
with the committee and with any law enforcement investigation.”

Sen. Diane Feinstein of California, the ranking Democrat on
the Judiciary Committee, cosigned Ford’s request for an
investigation.

“We should honor Dr. Blasey Ford’s wishes and delay this
hearing,” Feinstein said in a tweet on Tuesday. “A proper
investigation must be completed, witnesses interviewed, evidence
reviewed and all sides spoken to. Only then should the chairman
set a hearing date.”

The letter also confirmed earlier reports that Ford, a mother of
two teenagers, was targeted with death threats.

Earlier on Tuesday, the New York Times reported that
after Ford went public with her allegation, she moved out of her
house and arranged for a private security detail after she
received vulgar emails and messages on social media.

Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme
Court, was said “stumbling drunk” when he allegedly sexually
assaulted Ford during a party in high school. She claimed
Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed, groped her over her clothes, and
covered her mouth with his hand when she started to scream.

Prior to the letter from Ford’s attorneys, lawmakers were left in
limbo after multiple messages for Ford to appear in a public
hearing went unanswered. After the Senate Judiciary
Committee’s planned vote for Kavanaugh’s confirmation on
Thursday was delayed, the committee announced on Monday it
would hold a public hearing next week for Kavanaugh and Ford.

Kavanaugh has categorically denied the allegation and said he
would testify to “refute this false allegation.”

It is unclear if a full investigation would be concluded before
the planned public hearing on Monday. Key witnesses appeared
reluctant to discuss the alleged incident or have no memory of
it.
Mark Judge
, Kavanaugh’s former classmate who became
implicated in the allegation, already signaled that he was
unwilling to appear before the Judiciary Committee. 

“I have no more information to offer the Committee and I do not
wish to speak publicly regarding the incidents described in Dr.
Ford’s letter,” Judge said in a statement.

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