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Chuck Grassley
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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Brandon/AP


  • 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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