House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday dared Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to take a lie detector test, as his accuser did before going public with her allegations that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a party when they were teenagers.
“If he doesn’t have anything to hide, Judge Kavanaugh should subject himself to a lie detector test, just the way Dr. Ford did,” Pelosi said, standing in the playground of Buena Vista Horace Mann K-8.
Pelosi showed up to the Mission District school Wednesday evening to celebrate a $6 million federal grant that provides students with the resources to make it to college, but reporters swarmed Pelosi in the schoolyard to ask her about the battle currently raging over President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee.
In an interview with the Washington Post Sunday, Christine Blasey Ford, a professor at Palo Alto University, described the young Kavanaugh pinning her down, groping her, and covering her mouth to keep her quiet at a high school party in the 1980s.
The accusation has thrown Kavanaugh’s nomination into turmoil.
“So they’re hiding the paperwork, hiding from the lie detector test, and they’re saying we’re going to do this at an accelerated rate,” Pelosi said of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Indeed, Republican senators have scheduled a Monday hearing to take testimony from Ford and Kavanaugh about the alleged incident. It’s unclear if that hearing will happen, as Ford requested through her lawyers that the FBI first investigate the event. The suggestion has also been made by Anita Hill, who accused Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment in 1991.
Republicans argue that an investigation would only be used to delay a vote until after the midterm elections, when Democrats could conceivably take control of the Senate and block Trump’s nominee.
The minority leader believes the FBI should investigate. “If they have a new allegation, they have a fresh responsibility to investigate it,” she said. It would simply be a matter of re-opening its background check of Kavanaugh.
But, she added, there’s an even simpler solution before potential testimony on Monday: send Kavanaugh to Robert De Niro’s basement. (Wire him up to a polygraph and start asking questions.)
“If the judge goes before the Senate and misrepresents the facts, he jeopardizes not only his appointment to the Supreme Court, he jeopardizes the role he plays now as a judge if he lies to Congress,” she said.
The Judiciary Committee could vote as early as Wednesday to move Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Senate floor.