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Judiciary Staffer Leading Christine Blasey Ford Investigation Tweets That He Is “Determined” to “Confirm Judge Kavanaugh”

Grassley and Feinstein look to their right while seated at a committee hearing.
Chuck Grassley and Dianne Feinstein on Capitol Hill on Sept. 6.
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Christine Blasey Ford, through her attorneys, has suggested that the FBI should conduct an investigation into her allegation of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh before she makes any kind of appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee. On Wednesday afternoon, Judiciary Committee Chairman and Republican Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley argued in a public letter that the committee is solely responsible for investigating the allegations. Wrote Grassley: “I certainly understand and respect Dr. Ford’s desire for an investigation of her allegations. That is precisely what the Senate is doing.”

On Wednesday night, the Judiciary Committee’s chief counsel for nominations—who served as a political staffer in the George W. Bush administration—tweeted this:

Mike Davis tweets that say "I personally questioned Judge Kavanaugh under penalty of felony and 5 years of imprisonment, if he lies. I'm still waiting to hear back from the accuser's attorneys, who can't find time between TV appearances to get back to me. Unfazed and determined. We will confirm Judge Kavanaugh."
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According to Davis’ LinkedIn page, he “leads a team of attorneys that advises Chairman Chuck Grassley and other senators on presidential nominations and Senate confirmations of federal judge.”

Indeed, why wouldn’t Ford or her attorneys trust this gentleman to fairly investigate her allegation, aside from him having announced its outcome in advance, in public?

Update, 11:30 a.m.: Davis’ Twitter account, which was locked on Thursday morning, is back up. The tweets above have been deleted, with the following explanation:

It’s not clear, of course, how the statement “We will confirm Judge Kavanaugh” left any room for interpretation, left-wing or otherwise, about Davis’ goal.

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