Protesters swarm Grassley’s office, insist Kavanaugh accuser deserves ‘trauma-Informed’ investigation of charge

By Rachel del Guidice | The Daily Signal

Protesters who swarmed the office of Sen. Chuck Grassley on Thursday say the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were teens should not have to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Grassley, R-Iowa, is chairman of the committee, which is weighing the nomination of the appeals court judge for elevation to the nation’s highest court.

“[Christine Blasey Ford] and what she talked about is incredibly important, and we need a trauma-informed, much longer investigation done by an appropriate person and not just some withering questioning from disbelieving senators,” protester Noah Mamber, 40, told The Daily Signal.

Ford, Kavanaugh’s accuser, now a 51-year-old research psychologist in Northern California, told The Washington Post that Kavanaugh held her down, groped her, and tried to remove her clothes in a bedroom during a party in the early 1980s in Montgomery County, Maryland.

Kavanaugh has categorically denied the charge.

“I am here in solidarity with the women that have been retraumatized consistently when men in power aren’t held accountable for their actions,” another protester, Jake Marko, said. “I am also [here] because I myself am a survivor, and to be clear, I was opposed to Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination prior to the allegations that came about from the brave and courageous Dr. Christine Ford.”

Another protester who identified herself as Bambi Snodgrass, 58, said Ford should not have to testify with Kavanaugh.

That is just unacceptable. She is the victim. She shouldn’t even have to be in the same room with him … . Can you imagine being in the same room with somebody who literally covered your mouth to stop you from screaming? That takes it to a whole new level … .

I am not going to be satisfied unless they allow her to be empowered, unless they allow her to have a situation where it is sensitive to the fact that she is a survivor, and where she doesn’t have to sit next to him, and she does not have to have only white male senators asking her questions.

In a tweet Wednesday, Grassley had offered a variety of ways to hold the hearing:

Ford said Mark Judge, a classmate of Kavanaugh’s, was present during the alleged assault at a house party attended by a small group of teens, and that both Judge and Kavanaugh were drunk at the time.

Judge also has said the incident never happened.

The several dozen protesters, who spent a majority of their time in Grassley’s office eating lunch, were monitored by police and told not to crowd the desk area of Grassley’s staff. They eventually moved on to another office.


Ford reportedly wrote a confidential letter in July describing the incident and sent it via Rep. Anna G. Eshoo, D-Calif., to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The last-minute accusation postponed the committee’s scheduled vote Thursday on Kavanaugh’s nomination, which then would have gone to the Senate floor.

Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge since 2006, is expected to testify Monday before the committee, but Ford’s lawyer, Debra Katz, said a “hearing on Monday is not possible, and the committee’s insistence that it occur then is arbitrary in any event,” according to The Washington Post.

“It doesn’t need to be rushed into by Monday. It should be something that is done more on Dr. Ford’s schedule, given that she is sacrificing so much to tell her story to the Senate and to her country, and so I support whatever is going to be best for the survivor,” Mamber said.

Ford is calling for an FBI investigation of her accusation before appearing before the Judiciary Committee, despite the panel’s invitation to her to testify. Katz said Ford could testify later in the week.

Ford revealed her identity for the article published Sunday by The Washington Post.

Kavanaugh, 53, has twice issued absolute denials of ever doing such a thing, the second time on Monday after Ford’s name was made public.

“I have a daughter who’s suffered from [post-traumatic stress disorder] as a result of being raped, and she will live with that for the rest of her life, and for Dr. Ford to come forward with credible evidence, it really isn’t about her being on trial,” Snodgrass said. “They’re not sending him to prison. They are trying to appoint him as a Supreme Court justice. That’s unacceptable to me.”

Image courtesy of Rachel del Guidice/The Daily Signal

5 thoughts on “Protesters swarm Grassley’s office, insist Kavanaugh accuser deserves ‘trauma-Informed’ investigation of charge

  1. In America we all, including Judge Kavanaugh, have a right to face their accuser including the ability to directly question & cross examine.. How come these protesters aren’t at the slimeball who is the definition of an anti American corrupt leftist radical Islam supporter Keith Ellison’s Office who actually has credible accusations against him and the accuser remembers & recalls who what where & when… If these people really cared about woman how come they couldnt comply with her request to keep it secret? Leftist Lib Dem, Socialist, Commie, Regressive Progressive Hypocrisy, corruption and greed for money power and anti American anti Constitution agendas abounds!!

  2. I don’t know about the rape allegations being made against Kavanaugh.I do know that he was born with a silver spoon in his mouth,much like Trump.I also know he ruled in favor of corporations 87% of the time.That’s 87% of the time ruling against common people.Not really someone I would want on The Supreme Court.

  3. With all the noise, the real villain in this sad saga is Senator Finestein. She and her fellow Democrats has ample time to settle this whole mess. As we all know over the better part of six weeks, there were numerous one on one meetings, there were closed hearings, these were brutal open hearings. If they believed Ford’s claims were true, they could have had this issue resolved well before the committee’s scheduled vote. The fact is they were waiting for the BIG gottcha moment at the last hour. They could care less about Ford, it’s all about bucking President Trump by sabotaging the appointment the the Supreme Court of the eminently qualified, decent human being, Judge Kavanaugh. As for the protesters in Senator Glassy’s office,the picture tells all.

  4. Sen. Chuck Grassley gave a deadline and should have stuck to it, who cares how much the
    democRATS cry foul ……. I don’t !!

    This is nothing more then a Political Ploy, the democRATS are just showing their true colors
    Delay, Delay, Delay ……………..

    They are just hoping they can postpone until the November Election is over, they could care
    less about Dr. Ford ……………They had her data since July hoping for a silver bullet !!

    What’s up with Sen. Corey Bookers ” Getting To Second Base ” in school 1992, I don’t see
    anyone upset over his bragging, But again he’s ” Spartacus “……..Arrogance at it’s Best !!

  5. The senate should have held the vote today,this whole thing is a stall and delay stunt increasing demands daily, to testify proffered by the Left.

    Next in line for replacement Ruth Badgirl Commieberg.

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