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

Staffers for 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), 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 John TrumpSunday shows preview: Shutdown negotiations continue after White House immigration proposal Rove warns Senate GOP: Don't put only focus on base Ann Coulter blasts Trump shutdown compromise: ‘We voted for Trump and got Jeb!’ 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 FlakeSchumer recruiting top-notch candidate for McCain Senate seat The Hill's Morning Report — Trump eyes wall money options as shutdown hits 21 days Poll: Sanders most popular senator, Flake least 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 CollinsTrump pitches new plan to reopen government amid Dem pushback The Memo: Concern over shutdown grows in Trump World Overnight Defense: Trump unveils new missile defense plan | Dems express alarm | Shutdown hits Day 27 | Trump cancels Pelosi foreign trip | Senators offer bill to prevent NATO withdrawal MORE (R-Maine) and Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinBuzzFeed story has more to say about media than the president The Hill's Morning Report — Shutdown fallout — economic distress Feinstein grappling with vote on AG nominee Barr 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.