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In Ford-Kavanaugh Hearing, Sen. Crapo Says Senate Panel Already Conducted Investigation

Tom Williams
Phoenix prosecutor Rachel Mitchell, points to a map as she questions to Christine Blasey Ford at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Idaho Senator Mike Crapo questioned Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh Thursday afternoon during a marathon hearing.

Crapo asked the judge to recall two meetings he had with California Senator Diane Feinstein. Feinstein says she received a letter from Christine Blasey Ford, a California doctor who alleges she was sexually assaulted by Kavanaugh while they were in high school.

Ford is one of four women alleging sexual misconduct or assault by Kavanaugh. Crapo then referenced calls from Democrats that Kavanaugh’s nomination hearing be suspended until the FBI can do an investigation. 

"We have conducted the investigation," Crapo said. "The very kinds of things that my colleagues on the other side are asking that we tell the FBI to do, this committee has the authority to do it and this committee does it and this committee has done it.”

Earlier this week, an LDS advocacy group asked Crapo to postpone the confirmation. Mormon Women for Ethical Government wrote an open letter targeting the Idaho senator, along with Senators Orin Hatch, Mike Lee and Jeff Flake.

Crapo is running for re-election in November.

Find reporter Frankie Barnhill on Twitter @FABarnhill

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Frankie Barnhill was the Senior Producer of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show and podcast.