Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) on Tuesday rejected the requests from Democrats to delay a key hearing on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused the federal judge of sexual assault during a party when they were in high school, are due to testify before the committee on Thursday.
In a letter to ranking member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Grassley wrote: “I am not going to silence Dr. Ford after I promised and assured her that I would provide her a safe, comfortable, and dignified opportunity to testify … There is no reason to delay the hearing any further.”
Grassley added that any further delay would be unfair to both Ford and Kavanaugh, whom Grassley said “has asked the Committee repeatedly for the chance to testify as soon as possible … We can no longer stand in the way of him presenting his testimony before the Committee.”
Also Tuesday, the committee announced that it had tentatively rescheduled a vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination for Friday morning.
Grassley took to Twitter to add that the hearing was added to the committee’s schedule as required by it rules.