It’s now official: This entire situation is a farce that needs to end immediately. Anything less shows the Democrats are profoundly unserious about the allegations being made against Brett Kavanaugh.
Over the weekend, Senator Dianne Feinstein made waves by going public with accusations against President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. First, she revealed that someone who knew Kavanaugh in high school accused him of sexually assaulting her. Then the accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, actually came out publicly.
Senate Republicans tried to pull a fast one on her by challenging her to testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee. This was to call her bluff. Ford didn’t fall for it and agreed to testify, putting Republicans back on their heels, as now they have to oblige their own request, further delaying Kavanaugh’s vote. (RELATED: Kavanaugh Accuser Christine Ford Agrees to Republican Wishes – Will Testify Before Senate Judiciary Committee.)
Now, Democrats should have everything they want. Ford should be able to testify before Congress as to the incident that occurred between her and Kavanaugh some three decades ago. But something is wrong – and it’s leading many Republicans to question both Ford’s and Feinstein’s sincerity.
Senator Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, says that Feinstein isn’t answering his calls to set up a time for Ford to testify. Here’s what he said in a newly released statement:
The standard procedure for updates to any nominee’s background investigation file is to conduct separate follow-up calls with relevant parties. In this case, that would entail phone calls with at least Judge Kavanaugh and Dr. Ford. Consistent with that practice, I asked Senator Feinstein’s office yesterday to join me in scheduling these follow-ups. Thus far, they have refused. But as a necessary step in evaluating these claims, I’ll continue working to set them up.
Grassley says Feinstein’s office is refusing to cooperate in setting up follow-up calls with Dr. Ford and Kavanaugh. “As a necessary step in evaluating these claims, I’ll continue working to set them up.” https://t.co/VamILXRiF3
— Saagar Enjeti (@esaagar) September 17, 2018
If Ford is telling the truth, there is no reason to delay. Feinstein is hurting her own credibility by not returning Grassley’s calls.
We already knew Democrats weren’t serious about getting to the bottom of these allegations. Senator Dick Durban already implied as much by suggesting that having Ford testify this week would be too soon. (RELATED: Senator Dick Durbin Lets the Cat Out of the Bag: Kavanaugh Accuser Story Is Purely Political.)
Let’s be very clear on this point: If Feinstein took seriously Ford’s accusations, she would be working diligently to set up a testimony time. The fact that she’s delaying shows she didn’t actually care about Ford. This is all for political show.
This makes Ford’s case, regardless of its veracity, even weaker. Feinstein is doing her a disservice.