Grassley's office says it has received profane phone calls amid Kavanaugh fight

Staffers for GOP Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyGrassley to vote against Tanden nomination Grassley says he'll decide this fall whether to run in 2022 Yellen deputy Adeyemo on track for quick confirmation MORE (Iowa), the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, are fielding heated phone calls amid backlash over Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination.

One caller told a staffer who was answering phones in Grassley's office that the GOP senator was a "f---ing piece of 's---" and added that the aide was also a "piece of s---."


"He can’t die from a heart attack soon enough," the caller added, according to examples provided by Grassley's office to reporters about what has been said to staffers who answer the front desk phones.

Another caller told an aide that they "hope you get raped so you can understand what that woman is going through.” While another called a Grassley staffer "racist trash."

An aide said such calls were first made to the office last week.

According to that timeline, the first calls would have been made in the early days after Christine Blasey Ford became the first woman to go public with her allegations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh. Ford detailed her allegations in an interview published in The Washington Post on Sept. 16.

The calls also come at a time when the committee has found itself in the middle of a deeply partisan fight over Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination.

Kavanaugh and Ford are scheduled to testify before the committee on Thursday. Ford alleges that Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed at a high school party in the early 1980s and tried to remove her clothes.

A second woman, Deborah Ramirez, told The New Yorker in an interview published on Sunday that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her when they were students at Yale University.

On Wednesday, lawyer Michael Avenatti released of the identity of a client who is accusing Kavanaugh of being present for a “gang rape” in which she says she was a victim. 

Avenatti, who also represents adult-film star Stormy Daniels in her lawsuits against President TrumpDonald TrumpNoem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech On The Trail: Cuomo and Newsom — a story of two embattled governors McCarthy: 'I would bet my house' GOP takes back lower chamber in 2022 MORE, tweeted out a sworn declaration from Julie Swetnick in which she declares she met Kavanaugh in “approximately 1980-1981” and attended several house parties at which Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge were also present. She has also alleged that Kavanaugh groped women.

Kavanaugh has denied each of the accusations.

Grassley isn't the only senator who has received profane or threatening phone calls.

GOP Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeFormer GOP lawmaker: Republican Party 'engulfed in lies and fear' Grassley to vote against Tanden nomination Klain on Manchin's objection to Neera Tanden: He 'doesn't answer to us at the White House' MORE (Ariz.) said during a Senate floor speech on Wednesday that a man called his office saying that he and his family "would be 'taken out'" over his rhetoric on Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination. 

Spokespeople for Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsCollins urges Biden to revisit order on US-Canada border limits Media circles wagons for conspiracy theorist Neera Tanden Why the 'Never-Trumpers' flopped MORE (R-Maine) and Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinProgressive support builds for expanding lower courts Menendez reintroduces corporate diversity bill What exactly are uber-woke educators teaching our kids? MORE (D-Calif.) have also spoken about receiving “vulgar” and threatening calls and mail.

Flake and Collins are both swing votes on the Kavanaugh nomination. Feinstein is the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee.