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There are growing calls
for Mark Judge to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee
as it considers allegations of sexual assault against Supreme
Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

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  • There are growing calls for
    Mark Judge
    to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee
    as it considers allegations of sexual assault against Supreme
    Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh. 
  • Christine Blasey Ford alleges Kavanaugh assaulted her when
    they were teenagers at a high school party, and she says Judge
    was the only other person in the room.
  • Democrats say Sen. Chuck Grassley, the committee chairman, is
    rushing the confirmation process and are calling on the FBI to
    reopen Kavanaugh’s background investigation.
  • Some Senate Democrats have also called for Judge to testify
    next Monday, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck
    Schumer. 

There are growing calls for
Mark Judge
to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee
as it considers allegations of sexual assault against Supreme
Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh. 

Christine Blasey Ford alleges that Kavanaugh assaulted her when
they were teenagers at a high school party, she says Judge was
the only other person in the room. Kavanaugh and Judge attended
Georgetown Prep, an elite all-boys high school in the Washington,
DC, area, during the 1980s. 

Both Kavanaugh and Judge have vehemently denied the allegations,
which have emerged over the past week. 

Kavanaugh and Ford have both been invited to testify before the
committee next Monday. But Senate Judiciary Committee
Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley on Tuesday said
Ford has yet to respond to the invitation
, even after being
contacted by the staff several times over the course of roughly
36 hours. Meanwhile, Kavanaugh has agreed to testify. 

Democrats accuse Grassley of rushing the confirmation process

Democrats on the committee say Grassley is rushing the
confirmation process and are calling on the FBI to reopen
Kavanaugh’s background investigation, which would include
questioning Kavanaugh, Ford, and Judge on the incident. But the
FBI has shown no signs in plans to do so. 

All 10 Democrats on the committee signed a letter sent
to FBI Director Chris Wray and White House counsel Don
McGahn expressing their dismay over the process. 

“The need for the FBI to perform its due diligence has become
even more important in light of Chairman Grassley’s announcement
that he plans to move forward with a hearing on this matter next
Monday,” the letter said. “The Committee should have the
completed report before any hearing occurs and we ask that you
take immediate steps to make sure that we have the FBI’s report
before we proceed.”

President Donald Trump on Tuesday said the FBI should not get
involved and reiterated his support for Kavanaugh, who he said is
“anxious” to testify. 

‘How could we want to get the truth and not have Mr. Judge
come to the hearing?’

Many Democrats argue Judge should be invited to testify before
the committee. 

Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris, who sits on the Senate Judiciary
Committee, on Tuesday tweeted that “Mark Judge and other
witnesses who can provide insight into Dr. Ford’s allegations
should also testify in front of the Judiciary Committee.

“The public deserves a thorough process not a rushed job,” she
said.

Sen. Chris Coons, also a Democratic member of the committee, on
Monday evening called on Judge to testify.

Not having in front of us the third person who is alleged
to have been a participant in this troubling incident would be to
not fully question whether there is some truth to it or not,”
Coons told CNN.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Tuesday also said

Judge should testify
in addition to Kavanaugh and Ford.
Schumer said it would be “simply
inadequate”
to only have two witnesses testify next
Monday. 

“How could we want to get the truth and not have Mr. Judge
come to the hearing?” Schumer said. 

‘He’s already said what he’s gonna say’

Senate Republicans have been more dismissive of Judge’s potential
testimony. Sen. Lindsey Graham, who sits on the Judiciary
Committee, said there’s “no reason” to have Judge appear. 

“He’s already said what he’s gonna say,” Graham
said
in reference to Judge. 

And Republican Sen. Susan Collins on Tuesday said it’s too
early for me to make that judgment”
when asked whether Judge
should be called to testify under oath. 

Judge did not respond to repeated requests for comment from
Business Insider.

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