Too much focus on ‘political theater’ in Kavanaugh allegations, Dem strategist says

09/18/18

Democratic strategist Kelly Dietrich said on Tuesday that there was too much focus on the “political theater” surrounding the sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh and that there should be more of an emphasis on investigating the claims. 

“Why aren’t we taking time? We do need the hearings. We do need to hear it all out,” Dietrich, founder of the National Democratic Training Committee, told Hill.TV’s Krystal Ball and Buck Sexton on “Rising.” 

“We are putting them up and setting up more political theater, and we’re not taking the time to investigate the truth,” Dietrich said. “This should have been done before the nomination,” he added. 

Kavanaugh’s nomination was thrown into turmoil after college professor Christine Blasey Ford went public with her sexual misconduct accusation against Kavanaugh in an interview with The Washington Post published on Sunday.

She told the Post that Kavanaugh in the early 1980s pinned her to a bed and groped her before she was able to get away. The two were attending neighboring high schools in Montgomery County, Md. Kavanaugh has strongly denied the allegations.

Both Ford and Kavanaugh are set to testify about the allegations on Monday in a public hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. 

However, an aide to the committee’s chairman, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), told CBS News on Tuesday that the requests made to Ford to appear before the committee have not yet been answered. 

“Our staff reached out to Dr. Ford’s lawyer with multiple emails yesterday to schedule a similar call and inform her of the upcoming hearing, where she will have the opportunity to share her story with the Committee. Her lawyer has not yet responded,” the aide said in a statement, according to CBS News.

— Julia Manchester

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