Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn blasted California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein for withholding relevant information regarding Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Judge Brett Kavanaugh of high school-era sexual assault, calling it an “extraordinary hiccup.”
Cornyn said it is up to the voters and members of Congress to draw their own conclusions on why Ford has not yet responded to the Senate Judiciary Committee about testifying, after originally agreeing to do so. Cornyn also blamed Feinstein for withholding information about Ford until after Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing was concluded. He thinks Kavanaugh will still be confirmed.
“There are people who want to hear what the witnesses say on Monday. This is an extraordinary hiccup in the process caused by Senator Feinstein withholding relevant information until after the hearing was concluded. So we’ll get to the hearing on Monday if it goes as I expect the judge will be confirmed,” Cornyn told reporters in the U.S. Capitol Tuesday afternoon.
When asked why he personally thought Ford has not yet responded to the inquiry from the committee to testify, Cornyn responded by saying the people can draw their own conclusions about her decision. (RELATED: Corker Says Kavanaugh Accuser Needs To Respond To Senate Inquiries Or Judiciary Committee Needs To ‘Move On’)
“She hadn’t responded yet. I don’t know. I guess you can draw your own conclusion, but we thought it was important to provide her the opportunity, if she wanted to take advantage of it and if she wants to do it in a closed setting then we provided her that option as well,” Cornyn said to The Daily Caller News Foundation, minutes before grilling Feinstein. “I think the most important thing for us to do is have a dignified fair process to give her the opportunity she requested. If she changes her mind then there’s not much we can do about it.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell criticized Democrats for bringing forward a 36-year-old accusation of misconduct against Kavanaugh, on the Senate floor Monday.
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