The woman accusing President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault says the FBI should investigate her allegations before senators hold a hearing on Monday.
In a letter addressed to GOP Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (Iowa), Christine Blasey Ford’s attorneys argue that “a full investigation by law enforcement officials will ensure that the crucial facts and witnesses in this matter are assessed in a non-partisan manner and that the Committee is fully informed before conducting any hearing or making any decisions.”
The letter, first obtained by CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360,” notes that despite receiving a “stunning amount of support from her community,” Ford has also “been the target of vicious harassment and even death threats” and has been forced to leave her home.
“We would welcome the opportunity to talk with you and Ranking Member Feinstein to discuss reasonable steps as to how Dr. Ford can cooperate while also taking care of her own health and security,” the letter from Ford’s lawyers said.
“What we’re saying is there should be an investigation because that’s the right thing to do,” Ford’s attorney Lisa Banks told Cooper.
“She is prepared to cooperate with the committee and with any law enforcement investigation,” she added.
“If she does not come on Monday, we are going to move on and vote on Wednesday,” GOP Senator Lindsey Graham (South Carolina) told Fox News on Tuesday evening.
The letter comes after President Trump said Tuesday that the FBI should not look into Ford’s allegation because he believes the agency doesn’t “want to be involved.”
“I don’t think the FBI should be involved because they don’t want to be involved,” Trump told reporters at the White House. “If they wanted to be, I would certainly do that, but as you know, they say this is not really their thing.”
“I feel so badly for him that he’s going through this,” Trump added. “This is not a man that deserves this.”
Bloomberg reported on Monday that the president must ask the FBI to investigate the allegations brought forward by Christine Blasey Ford in order for the bureau to take further action.
Bloomberg reports that the FBI’s initial background investigation into Kavanaugh was completed before Ford, 51, came forward with the allegation.
The FBI said it was first informed of the new allegation on Sept. 12 and said that it had updated Kavanaugh’s file to include the new information.
“The FBI is basically working for the White House,” Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund President Ronald Hosko explained to Bloomberg. “Their job is to dig into the details and let the White House counsel know if there is derogatory information.”
“You can go get yearbooks and start interviewing high school classmates,” he added. “For creative-minded FBI people, they can generate leads all day long.”
“He is somebody very special,” Trump told reporters on Monday that Kavanaugh “is somebody very special.”
“He is one of the great intellects and one of the finest people that anyone has known,” Trump claimed.
Democrats want the FBI to investigate the claims before any hearing is held.