Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley’s office criticized Senate Democrats on Sunday for using sexual assault allegations as a political tactic to derail the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
In a statement, Grassley’s spokesman contended that Democrats are “more interested in a political take down” of Kavanaugh than they are in probing the accusations “through a bipartisan and professional” manner, according to The Hill.
“Yet again, Senate Democrats actively withheld information from the rest of the Committee only to drop information at politically opportune moments,” the statement read. (RELATED: Report: Another Person Who Allegedly Has Knowledge Of Kavanaugh Accuser’s Assault Has ‘No Recollection’ Of Being At Party)
“Of course, we will attempt to evaluate these new claims,” the statement continued.
Grassley was referring to allegations by a second woman, Deborah Ramirez, which he reportedly learned about through an article that appeared in The New Yorker. Multiple senate Democrats were aware of the accusation prior to the article’s publication.
Grassley criticized Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California only a week earlier, also for withholding information for political gain.
“[Feinstein] has had this information for many weeks and deprived her colleagues of the information necessary to do our jobs,” Grassley said. “The minority withheld even the anonymous allegations for six weeks, only to later decide that they were serious enough to investigate on the eve of the committee vote after the vetting process had been complete.”
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