As Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) put on a “genuinely unhinged” performance during Thursday’s Senate hearing with Dr. Christine Blasey Ford—constantly interrupting Democratic senators and repeatedly inserting self-serving rants between questioning—more than 50 Iowa-based and national groups representing hundreds of thousands of Americans sent a letter denouncing Grassley’s “failed leadership” and demanding that he immediately resign as chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“You and your staff had knowledge of the allegation prior to it becoming public, and prepared a defense for the nominee while expeditiously moving through the nomination process with the hope it would never be uncovered.”
—Letter to Grassley
Slamming Grassley’s efforts to rush through Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh without a federal investigation of Ford’s credible sexual assault allegations, the groups accused Grassley of injecting “partisan politics and misogynistic bullying” into the Judiciary Committee’s leadership.
“You have publicly bullied a woman who has stepped forward to report allegations of sexual assault,” the letter states. “You and your staff had knowledge of the allegation prior to it becoming public, and prepared a defense for the nominee while expeditiously moving through the nomination process with the hope it would never be uncovered. Once the allegation was made public, you rejected past precedent, and refused a request for the FBI to investigate further, instead relying on your staff to investigate.”
“The nomination process of a Supreme Court nominee is not about you personally, but it is about whether Americans have confidence in your leadership,” the letter concludes. “After the events of the past few weeks, we have lost all confidence you can lead the Judiciary Committee without tainting this and any subsequent nomination process with politics. For the good of the country, and for the future of an independent judicial branch free from politics, we urge you to resign as chair of the Committee on Judiciary immediately.”
Grassley has come under fire repeatedly throughout Kavanaugh’s confirmation process for orchestrating a “sham” that has eschewed basic standards of transparency in order to fast-track a right-wing judge accused by multiple women of sexual assault.
As Common Dreams reported, Grassley provoked widespread condemnation on Wednesday for scheduling a committee vote on Kavanaugh for less than 24 hours after Thursday’s hearing.
Criticism of the Republican Judiciary Committee chair continued on Thursday after the senator kicked off Ford’s hearing with a lengthy diatribe defending his conduct throughout Kavanaugh’s confirmation process and attacking Democrats for demanding complete FBI investigation into the sexual assault allegations against President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick.
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