Grassley releases letter detailing Kavanaugh sexual assault allegation

GOP Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyDem calls for Cohen to testify before Senate panel over explosive report Senate Republicans eye rules change to speed Trump nominees IRS shutdown plan fails to quell worries MORE (Iowa) on Sunday publicly released a letter that Christine Blasey Ford sent to Democratic lawmakers detailing her sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. 
 
The letter was released by Grassley's staff after they requested an unredacted version of it on Wednesday from Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinThe Hill's Morning Report — Shutdown fallout — economic distress Feinstein grappling with vote on AG nominee Barr 5 takeaways from Barr’s testimony MORE (D-Calif.), who had referred the letter to the FBI but refused to release it publicly. 
 
"As you know, the letter was given to me in confidence and I am giving it to you with the expectation that you will maintain its confidentiality and that it will not be released publicly or disseminated further, as requested by Dr. Blasey Ford's counsel Debra Katz," Feinstein wrote in a cover letter to Grassley that was also released on Sunday. 
 
Feinstein has said she initially did not publicly discuss or disclose the letter, and for weeks did not bring it up with her colleagues, in an attempt to respect Ford's request for privacy. 
 
The details of the letter were largely already known. A version of the letter that was published on CNN redacted names of Mark Judge, an alleged witness. The letter released by Grassley on Sunday does not. 
 
In addition to publicly releasing the letter, Grassley sent a letter to lawyers for Kavanaugh and Ford on Sunday asking for "any and all written, audio-visual, or electronic materials"—including the results of a polygraph test taken by Ford.
 
"I ask that you provide the Committee the following documents ... copies of the results of the polygraph which Dr. Ford has stated was administered to her in early August 2018, as well as the list of questions asked during the administration ofthat polygraph," Grassley wrote in a letter to Ford's staffers