- The Washington Times
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Republican senators said Wednesday the vote on Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination should move forward if his accuser Christine Blasey Ford does not come before the Judiciary Committee to testify about her allegations.

The two GOP senators who specifically said they were not ready to vote on Judge Kavanaugh after the allegations by the California professor are now on board.

Sen. Bob Corker, Tennessee Republican, told Politico on Sunday that he thought delaying the vote “would be best for all,” but on Wednesday tweeted “let’s vote” if Ms. Ford refuses to speak.

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Sen. Jeff Flake, Arizona Republican, confirmed his position to CNN Tuesday night, telling reporters, “I think we’ll have to move to the markup.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, demanded that the committee vote be taken “ASAP,” and echoed Chairman Charles E. Grassley’s argument that an FBI investigation would be futile.

Ms. Fordsent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday night requested that the FBI investigate her claims before she testifies.

Mr. Grassley said an FBI probe would not be effective.

Dr. Ford’s testimony would reflect her personal knowledge and memory of events. Nothing the FBI or any other investigator does would have any bearing on what Dr. Ford tells the committee, so there is no reason for any further delay,” he said in a statement Tuesday night.

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