On Thursday night, the Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) sent a letter to the attorneys for Christine Blasey Ford which reiterated his call for materials he had previously asked for -the therapy notes, the polygraph materials and communications with the Washington Post. But it was the last paragraph in Grassley’s letter, where he demanded new materials, that revealed that he must have some bombshell information.
Despite claiming that they wanted to cooperate with the Committee, Ford’s attorneys have refused to turn over the requested information while at the same time trying to claim that the therapist’s notes and the polygraph material are somehow corroborative of Ford’s claims.
In fact, in their last communication to Grassley, they told him they would only turn over the information if he told the FBI to interview Ford.
Grassley blasted that request. And he made the cogent comment that if the evidence they’re refusing to supply supported her claim, he’s quite sure they would have provided it.
From Daily Wire:
Grassley then set the record straight about the attorneys using their objections to the FBI investigation as an excuse to deny the Judiciary Committee access to the information they were demanding. He wrote, “The FBI’s investigative decisions aren’t our concern. Even if the FBI never interviews Dr. Ford, or interviews her ten times, this Committee has a constitutional obligation to investigate Dr. Ford’s allegations, and that’s what we’ve been doing since we became aware of her allegations.”
Grassley pointed out that the attorneys had “claimed repeatedly that the evidence I have requested supports Dr. Ford’s allegations against Judge Kavanaugh. She even provided some of this evidence to national news. Indeed, if the evidence supported your client’s allegations, you surely would produce it as quickly as you could.”
Then Grassley really got to the nitty-gritty: “But you have repeatedly refused to produce this evidence to the Senate. In doing so, you are preventing the Senate from considering the evidence most crucial to Dr. Ford’s allegations. I don’t know what other inference we should draw from your refusal but that the withheld evidence does not support Dr. Ford’s allegations in quite the way you have claimed.”
And then he really got into it, demanding more, new information that shows he knows something about some funny business going on:
In addition to the evidence I requested in my October 2 letter, in light of recently uncovered information, please turn over records and descriptions of direct or indirect communications between Dr. Ford or her representatives and any of the following: (1) U.S. Senators or their staffs, particularly the offices of Senators Feinstein and Hirono, other than your communications with me and my staff in preparation for the September 27 hearing; (2) the alleged witnesses identified by Dr. Ford (Leland Keyser, Mark Judge, and Patrick “P.J.” Smyth); and (3) Debbie Ramirez, Julie Swetnick, or their representatives.
Now part of that may be the bombshell revelation that the Wall Street Journal dropped this morning – that alleged witness Leland Keyser allegedly told the FBI that Ford’s ‘allies’ were trying to pressure her to change her testimony to appear not as though it were refuting the allegation. The report specifically named Ford’s friend, FBI Agent Monica McClean. McClean’s attorney, David Laufman, denied the report, calling it false.
The other interesting parts are communications with Hirono and Feinstein, as well as with Ramirez and Swetnick. Do they have something showing coordination, that’s what it sounds like.
It has been reported that Swetnick was a prior client of Debra Katz, the attorney for Ford. It’s also been reported that the Senate Democrats did reach out to solicit Deborah Ramirez to come forward, not the other way around and that she wasn’t sure of her identification until very recently after days of talking with her lawyers.
Here’s the whole letter:
And people get there’s something up there.
Communications with Feinstein and Hirono. And it was Democrats who asked for the FBI to look at things…