Judge Napolitano: Grassley Should Subpoena Kavanaugh Accuser
Dershowitz: Ford must testify under oath.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley is giving Christine Blasey Ford until Friday morning to say whether she will testify about her allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Grassley (R-Iowa), in a letter to Ford’s attorneys, set a 10:00 a.m. Friday deadline to respond to the invitation “if she intends to testify on Monday.”
It’s still not clear if Ford -- who claims Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her more than 35 years ago while they were in high school -- will ultimately accept the invitation. Her legal team has said she won't testify until the FBI has investigated the matter.
Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano has a suggestion for Grassley and the Republicans on the judiciary committee: subpoena Ford.
"She decided to go the press -- maybe reluctantly. She voluntarily spoke to the Washington Post," Napolitano said on "Fox & Friends" Thursday.
He said if lawmakers subpoena Ford, her husband and her therapist's notes from a 2012 session where Ford detailed the alleged incident with Kavanaugh, then they can interrogate them.
On "America's Newsroom" Thursday, Harvard Law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz emphasized the importance of Ford testifying under oath.
"Nobody should be referring to her as a victim or him as a perpetrator until we hear from both them under oath subject to cross-examination," Dershowitz said. "There is nothing more essential to American justice than the opportunity to cross-examine your accuser, to confront your accuser. It's in the Constitution."
He said it's "just wrong" and "un-American" to judge Ford and Kavanaugh as victim and perpetrator based on a "she said-he said" situation.
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