Grassley snipes at Feinstein over introducing Ford

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyTrump second-term plans remain a mystery to GOP IRS, taxpayers face obstacles ahead of July 15 filing deadline Congress gears up for battle over expiring unemployment benefits MORE (R-Iowa) got a little terse with Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinBottom line Filibuster reform gains steam with Democrats Senate panel votes 21-1 to back Justice IG measure over Graham objections MORE (Calif.), the committee’s ranking Democrat, over who would introduce Christine Blasey Ford, the first woman to publicly accuse Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, at the start of Thursday’s hearing.

Before Feinstein started in on her opening remarks, she said she wanted to introduce Ford, who has accused the Supreme Court nominee of pinning her to a bed and groping her at a party in high school in the 1980s. 

"The chairman chose not to do this," Feinstein said. “I think it’s important to make sure you’re properly introduced."

Grassley quickly interjected.

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“By the way I was going to introduce her, but if you want to introduce her I’ll be glad to have you do that, but I want you to know I didn’t forget to do it because I would do that just as she was about to speak,” he said.

Feinstein, who looked visibly annoyed, thanked the chairman and went on to make the introduction.