Senate Democrats: Kavanaugh’s classmate must testify

Senate Democrats: Kavanaugh’s classmate must testify
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Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerSchiff, Khanna call for free masks for all Americans in coronavirus aid package Meadows: 'I'm not optimistic there will be a solution in the very near term' on coronavirus package Biden calls on Trump, Congress to enact an emergency housing program MORE (D-N.Y.) and other top Democrats in the Senate are demanding that a classmate of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testify at a high-stakes hearing set for Monday.

Democrats said Mark Judge, who was allegedly in the room when Christine Blasey Ford says Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a party in the early 1980s, needs to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee and provide testimony.

Committee Chairman Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyOn The Money: Unemployment debate sparks GOP divisions | Pandemic reveals flaws of unemployment insurance programs | Survey finds nearly one-third of rehired workers laid off again Unemployment debate sparks GOP divisions Tensions flare as GOP's Biden probe ramps up  MORE (R-Iowa) on Monday announced that the panel would hold a public hearing with Kavanaugh and Ford to discuss the allegations.

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“Let’s not rush the hearings,” Schumer said Tuesday on the Senate floor. “Let’s not repeat the mistake made in the Anita Hill hearings. Let’s call the relevant witnesses, not just the two selected by Chairman Grassley who did not want to call the hearings to begin with.”

Schumer added, “How could we want to get the truth and not have Mr. Judge come to the hearings and be asked questions?” 

Ford alleges that at a party in the early 1980s, Kavanaugh held her down on a bed and tried to remove her clothing. Judge has denied that the alleged incident took place.

Republicans haven’t invited Judge to testify and have said they won’t call for additional witnesses.

But Democrats said his testimony is critical. Sens. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinDemocrats want Biden to debate Trump despite risks Mini-exodus of Trump officials from Commerce to lobby on semiconductors Doug Collins questions Loeffler's trustworthiness in first TV ad MORE (Calif.), Christopher CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsThe Global Fragility Act provides the tools to address long-term impacts of COVID Coronavirus Report: The Hill's Steve Clemons interviews Thomas Isett Coronavirus Report: The Hill's Steve Clemons interviews Dr. Kate Broderick MORE (Del.), Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinThe Hill's Campaign Report: Who will Biden pick to be his running mate? Don't count out Duckworth in Biden VP race Schumer: Trump should want COVID-19 deal to help GOP election chances MORE (Ill.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisMichelle Obama supporters urge Biden to pick former first lady as running mate Michelle Obama wishes Barack a happy birthday: 'My favorite guy' Harris endorses Democrat in tight California House race MORE (Calif.) — all members of the Judiciary Committee — have said Judge should testify.

“I think not having in front of us the third person who is alleged to have been a participant in this troubling incident would be to not fully question whether there is some truth to this or not,” Coons told MSNBC.

Democrats on Judiciary Committee wrote in a letter to Grassley that there are “other relevant witnesses who should be questioned under oath, in a public setting.”

“This includes Mark Judge, who Dr. Blasey Ford identified, and others that might be identified through the FBI’s investigation or subsequent due diligence by the Committee itself,” they said.