Grassley Again Presses Ford's Attorneys: Therapist Notes Have Been Seen by Media, Yet You're Hiding Them From the Committee

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Posted: Oct 03, 2018 7:05 PM
Grassley Again Presses Ford's Attorneys: Therapist Notes Have Been Seen by Media, Yet You're Hiding Them From the Committee

For over a week, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley has been in a battle with attorneys representing Dr. Christine Blasey Ford over the production of documents she says back up her claims of sexual assault against Judge Brett Kavanaugh. 

In a letter to Debra Katz, Lisa Banks and Michael Bromwich Tuesday, Grassley requested copies of therapist notes, audio and video of a polygraph test and communications between Ford and members of the media.

Her attorneys responded by saying they will turn over the documentation as soon as the FBI interviews their client. It should be noted, during her sworn testimony in front of the Committee last week, Ford said she had nothing else to add. 

"Regarding the documents you have requested in your letter of October 2, 2018, Dr. Ford is prepared to provide those documents to the FBI when she is interviewed. We have not yet heard from the FBI about scheduling an interview with her," they stated. 

Now, Grassley is firing back and again requesting relevant documents from Ford and her attorneys.

"The Constitution tasks the Senate, not the media or the FBI, with providing advice and consent for Supreme Court nominees. It’s disappointing that Dr. Ford’s attorneys were willing to share evidence with The Washington Post many weeks ago but to this day refuse to share the same evidence, which Dr. Ford relied on in her testimony, with the Senate," Grassley wrote. "[Dr. Ford’s] testimony hinges on evidence to which Dr. Ford has repeatedly referred—some of which has already been provided to a nationally circulated newspaper—but which you have refused to provide to the Senate. If it is necessary to protect certain records from public disclosure, then I'm happy to discuss how to achieve that goal." 

The FBI is expected to complete its background investigation tonight without interviewing Ford or Judge Kavanaugh.