Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) on Thursday asked whether Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh would support a call from his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, for an FBI investigation and submit to a polygraph test.
Cummings, who is the top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, tweeted Thursday morning that Kavanaugh should support the same standard that Ford did before coming forward with her allegations in a Washington Post interview on Sunday.
“Dr. Ford passed a lie detector test and asked for an FBI investigation,” Cummings tweeted. “Will Judge Kavanaugh do the same?”
Ford alleged in a Washington Post interview that Kavanaugh held her down and groped her while he tried to remove her clothes at a party in the early 1980s when they were both high school students. She also said that she had passed a lie detector test administered by a former FBI agent.
Dr. Ford passed a lie detector test and asked for an FBI investigation. Will Judge Kavanaugh do the same?
Kavanaugh, who has denied the allegation, is scheduled to answer questions about the alleged incident at a special hearing on Monday held by the Senate Judiciary Committee. His confirmation hearings concluded earlier this month, before Ford went public with her allegation.
Ford’s attorneys have criticized the timing and conditions of Monday’s planned hearing, but have not ruled out the possibility that the Palo Alto University professor might testify at the hearing.
“The rush to a hearing is unnecessary, and contrary to the Committee discovering the truth,” her attorney Lisa Banks said in a statement Wednesday. “The Committee’s stated plan to move forward with a hearing that has only two witnesses is not a fair or good faith investigation; there are multiple witnesses whose names have appeared publicly and should be included in any proceeding.”
Republicans have called for Monday’s hearing to go ahead as planned, with both witnesses, while Democrats have blasted the special session as a “sham” and accused Republican senators on the committee of making up their minds before hearing Ford’s testimony.
BY JOHN BOWDEN – 09/20/18