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Chuck Grassley: Brett Kavanaugh hearing going on as planned

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WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 24: Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA) (C) talks with reporters as he leaves a meeting in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office in the U.S. Capitol September 24, 2018 in Washington, DC. McConnell and GOP senate leaders met with Republican members of the Judiciary Committee to discuss the latest developments in the confirmation process for Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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  • Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said
    the committee is looking into new claims of sexual assault
    involving Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
  • Grassley said a Thursday hearing with Kavanaugh and his
    first accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, is set to go on as
    planned.
  • He did not rule out the possibility of another hearing
    to address the other allegations.
  • Grassley also weighed in on new allegations against
    Kavanaugh, made public by attorney Michael Avenatti on
    Wednesday.

  • “I haven’t even gone to Google to learn more
    about him,” Grassley said of Avenatti. “It seems to me he wants
    to protect people that are involved in pornography and he’s
    running for president.”


WASHINGTON — Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley
said Thursday’s hearing for testimony from Judge Brett Kavanaugh
and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing
the Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault when they were
both teenagers, will go on as planned even as new allegations
surfaced on Wednesday.

“We’re doing everything to accommodate Dr. Ford with the
environment she wanted. She doesn’t want it to be a media circus,
she wants to be treated respectfully. She wants breaks.
Everything like that,” Grassley told reporters Wednesday
afternoon.

He added: “So to answer your question, the committee
meeting is going to go ahead because I don’t feel that we should
disadvantage Dr. Ford any more than she’s already been
disadvantaged in the sense of people wondering whether the
hearing was going to be last week or this week or whatever
else.”

Grassley also noted that the committee will be looking into
the
allegations
made by Julie Swetnick that Kavanaugh was
present when she was “gang-raped” at a high school party in
1982. 

“Every time that there’s been accusations made, we’ve tried
to follow up where we could get a contact, so obviously this
morning we have this contact and our investigators are on it
immediately,” he said. “And I can’t say anything beyond
that.”

Grassley did not rule out the possibility of additional
hearings with Kavanaugh, but that any decisions on that would
have to wait until after the Thursday hearing. A procedural vote
to move Kavanaugh from the Judiciary Committee onto the Senate
floor has already been scheduled for Friday morning, though it
can be pushed back if Republicans want.

Concerning Swetick’s attorney Michael Avenatti, a regular
foe of President Donald Trump who also represents porn actress
Stormy Daniels in her case against the president, Grassley he
only knows about him from what he has read in the news.

“I haven’t even gone to Google to learn more about him,”
Grassley said. “It seems to me he wants to protect people that
are involved in pornography and he’s running for president. And I
don’t know what his motivations are. I don’t know what his
reputation as a lawyer is.”

“But really what’s important here isn’t the lawyer,” he
added. “The important is the person that claims she’s been
harmed.”

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