Grassley snipes at Feinstein over introducing Ford

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyOvernight Health Care: Trump officials defend changes to family planning program | Senators unveil bipartisan package on health costs | Democrats pass T spending bill with HHS funds Overnight Health Care: Trump officials defend changes to family planning program | Senators unveil bipartisan package on health costs | Democrats pass T spending bill with HHS funds Grassley announces opposition to key Trump proposal to lower drug prices MORE (R-Iowa) got a little terse with Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinDemocrats detail new strategy to pressure McConnell on election security bills Democrats detail new strategy to pressure McConnell on election security bills Hillicon Valley: GOP senator wants one agency to run tech probes | Huawei expects to lose B in sales from US ban | Self-driving car bill faces tough road ahead | Elon Musk tweets that he 'deleted' his Twitter account 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.