Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, the California researcher who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault in 1982, has not filed a police report with local authorities.
By Ford’s telling, the alleged assault took place at a house party in Montgomery County, Maryland, making county police the appropriate venue for a criminal probe. Thus far, Ford’s attorneys have said federal investigators should handle the accusations.
Sgt. Rebecca Innocenti, a spokesperson for the Montgomery County Police, told The Daily Caller News Foundation the department has not yet received a complaint from Ford relating to her sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh.
Innocenti also said that MoCo police investigate all allegations of criminal conduct they receive.
Ford’s attorneys did not return TheDCNF’s request for comment by press time. This story will be updated should Ford’s lawyers reply.
In a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley, Ford lawyers Debra Katz and Lisa Banks said federal investigators should first pursue the matter and issue findings so the committee can question witnesses based on an established set of facts. (RELATED: Friends Of Blasey Ford Reveal She’s Discussed Encounter With Kavanaugh In The Past)
“A full investigation by law enforcement officials will ensure that the crucial facts and witnesses in this matter are assessed in a non-partisan manner, and that the committee is fully informed before conducting any hearing or making any decisions,” the letter reads.
Speaking Tuesday night on CNN, Banks said that her client has received a deluge of death threats since her account of the alleged assault appeared Sunday in The Washington Post and is currently concentrating on assuring her own security and that of her family.
Committee Republicans say they suggested multiple dates for Ford’s testimony and would allow her to testify in a public or private setting, as she prefers. They also say that committee lawyers and investigators are capable of handling the inquiry.
“We have no power to commandeer an executive branch agency into conducting our due diligence,” reads a Wednesday letter from Grassley to Katz and Banks. “The job of assessing and investigating a nominee’s qualifications in order to decide whether to consent to the nomination is ours, and ours alone.”
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