Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley issued a blistering response to a letter from Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders demanding an investigation not just into the allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh regarding sexual misconduct, but also into whether or not the judge lied about his high school and college drinking habits.
Sanders shared a copy of his letter on Twitter early Saturday morning.
Lying to Congress is a federal crime.
The FBI must examine the veracity of Kavanaugh’s statements under oath in addition to the sexual assault allegations against him. Kavanaugh’s truthfulness with the Senate goes to the very heart of whether he should be confirmed to the court. pic.twitter.com/TsNOTm4fxK
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) September 29, 2018
The letter outlined a number of concerns — from the allegations made by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnik to claims that Kavanaugh wasn’t exactly truthful when he testified that he had never been drunk enough to black out or forget what had happened during a period of time.
Grassley responded in a letter that also made the rounds on Twitter.
— Scott Jennings (@ScottJenningsKY) September 30, 2018
Grassley accused Sanders of being disingenuous in his request, pointing out that in spite of the hours of testimony and hundreds of thousands of pages of documentation available, Sanders had publicly announced his decision to oppose Kavanaugh’s confirmation less than 24 hours after he was nominated.
His letter read, in part:
Your public statements clearly reveal how unimportant it is to you to review any facts related to this nomination. So you can imagine my surprise at receiving your letter regarding the supplemental FBI background investigation. This supplemental FBI background investigation was requested by undecided members of both parties. Am I to take from your letter that you are now undecided and willing to seriously engage with the Senate’s advice-and-consent constitutional duties related to the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to serve as an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of the United States? If so, we should have a conversation about what information you need to assist you in making a decision, and I look forward to that conversation.
Sanders has not yet responded to Grassley’s letter.