Senate Dem: It's 'bulls---' for Republicans to say they have done all they can to contact Kavanaugh accuser

Senate Dem: It's 'bulls---' for Republicans to say they have done all they can to contact Kavanaugh accuser
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Democratic Sen. Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoDemocrats unveil plan declaring racism a public health issue Overnight Defense: US, Russia trade blame over Syria incident | Pentagon calls out China's 'counterproductive' military exercises, missile test | Democrats press Esper on COVID-19 response Democrats press Esper on 'concerning' rise in Pentagon's COVID-19 cases MORE (Hawaii) ripped her Republican colleagues over their handling of the sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, calling GOP claims that they have done everything they can to reach out to the accuser “bullshit.”

“That is such bullshit I can hardly stand it,” Hirono said on ABC News Wednesday, in response to a letter from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleySenate Republicans face tough decision on replacing Ginsburg What Senate Republicans have said about election-year Supreme Court vacancies Biden says Ginsburg successor should be picked by candidate who wins on Nov. 3 MORE (R-Iowa) to Senate Democrats.

Grassley said in the letter that committee leaders have done everything they can to contact Christine Blasey Ford and implore her to testify in a hearing on Monday about her allegations against Kavanaugh.

Grassley's spokesman fired back at Hirono on Twitter, saying: "This is such nonsense. The Committee has sent 9 emails and left 2 voicemails."

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Republicans have invited both Ford and Kavanaugh to testify, but Ford has asked for the FBI to look into her allegation first. The FBI has not opened a criminal investigation into Ford’s accusations, because the allegation does not involve a federal crime. The White House has not asked the FBI to reopen the background investigation into the nominee.

Grassley said Tuesday that he saw “no reason” to delay the hearing, and a number of GOP senators have since pleaded with Ford to testify Monday.

Hirono has been outspoken since the allegation came to light, and in a press conference earlier this week called on "the men of this country" to "shut up and step up for once.” 

Ford’s accusation that Kavanaugh pinned her to a bid and tried to remove her clothing at a party when the two were in high school has derailed the confirmation process for President TrumpDonald John TrumpObama calls on Senate not to fill Ginsburg's vacancy until after election Planned Parenthood: 'The fate of our rights' depends on Ginsburg replacement Progressive group to spend M in ad campaign on Supreme Court vacancy MORE’s second Supreme Court nominee, and drawn countless comparisons to the Anita Hill hearings.

The White House and Kavanaugh have repeatedly denied Ford's accusations.

Ford says she has been forced to move out of her home and has faced death threats over the accusation.