Grassley Rejects Blasey Ford’s Request To Delay Senate Hearing For FBI Probe

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa holds the gavel close while listening to testimony by Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro Javier Garcia Padilla on Puerto Rico's fiscal problems, Tuesday, Dec. ... Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa holds the gavel close while listening to testimony by Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro Javier Garcia Padilla on Puerto Rico's fiscal problems, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Puerto Rico and its debt crisis takes center stage in Congress as its governor testifies before a Senate panel about the U.S. commonwealth's financial woes and the demands of creditors.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) MORE LESS

Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) rejected professor Christine Blasey Ford’s request to hold off on hearings on her sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh until the FBI can conduct an investigation into the claim.

In a statement released Tuesday, Grassley said that there is no reason for “further delay” since “nothing the FBI or any other investigator does would have any bearing on what Dr. Ford tells the committee.”

Through her attorney, Blasey Ford requested the FBI probe on Tuesday, citing the many partisan and personal attacks she had faced as rationale to have an unbiased third party suss out the facts of the case before she has to go before the committee and the world.

Read Grassley’s statement below:

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