Grassley Slams Ford's Attorneys For Lack Of Candor, Again Requests Documentation on Her Polygraph and Therapy Notes

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Posted: Oct 03, 2018 12:15 PM
Grassley Slams Ford's Attorneys For Lack Of Candor, Again Requests Documentation on Her Polygraph and Therapy Notes

The attorneys for Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who accused Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault in high school, are still refusing to turn over key documentary evidence to the Senate Judiciary Committee according to Chairman Chuck Grassley. 

"I write to renew my requests for material evidence relevant to allegations of sexual assault made by your client, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, against Judge Brett Kavanaugh. During the hearing last week, Senator Kamala Harris argued that it was only fair for senators on the Committee to see the evidence that the witness was being asked to address. The same principle applies to this request," Grassley wrote in a letter to Debra Katz, Lisa Banks and Michael Bromwich. "Your continued withholding of material evidence despite multiple requests is unacceptable as the Senate exercises its constitutional responsibility of advice and consent for a judicial nomination. I urge you to comply promptly with my requests." 

Grassley is requesting a copy of the therapy session notes during which Ford discussed the allegation of sexual assault. The notes were provided to The Washington Post two weeks ago, but have not been provided to the Committee. 

"These notes have been repeatedly cited as corroboration even while written 30 years after the alleged event and in apparent contradiction with testimony and other public statement regarding several key details of the allgeations, including when the alleged attack occurred, how many individuals were present in the bedroom in which the attack was alleged to have occurred, and how many individuals attended the party," the letter states. 

Grassley is also requesting copies for "all audio or video recording produced" during a polygraph test taken by Ford, in addition to other information used by the administrator of the test in preparation of the results. 

"Dr. Ford cited the results of this polygraph examination to support her allegations. It's unfair to rely on the results of a polygraph examination while withholding the materials necessary to assess the accuracy of the results," Grassley said. "The full details of Dr. Ford's polygraph are particularly important because the Senate Judiciary Committee has received a sworn statement from a longtime boyfriend of Dr. Ford's, stating that he personally witnessed Dr. Ford coaching a friend on polygraph examinations." 

When asked under oath if Ford had ever helped prepare anyone for a polygraph, she testified "never."

Finally, Grassley has requested copies of the correspondence between Ford, the Washington Post and any other news organization.

"I renew my request for any and all written, audiovisual, or electronic materials relating to the allegations raised by Dr. Ford against Judge Kavanaugh that Dr. Ford and her representative previously provided to any reporter or anyone else at a media organization," Grassley said. "Your failure to provide the entirety of Dr. Ford's correspondence with The Post again suggests a lack of candor."