Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).

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Was Chuck Grassley’s tweet to Brett Kavanaugh meant to be a text? (updated)

Chuck Grassley tweeted Friday night, but it looks like a mistake.


Ellen Ioanes


Posted on Sep 22, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 5:54 am CDT

Late Friday night, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) sent a message to embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh regarding the potential Senate hearing on the sexual harassment accusations leveled against him.

Judge Kavanaugh I just granted another extension to Dr Ford to decide if she wants to proceed w the statement she made last week to testify to the senate  She shld decide so we can move on I want to hear her. I hope u understand. It’s not my normal approach to b indecisive,” Grassley said.

It’s an understandable gesture, but instead of sending it privately as a text message, Grassley sent it out to the world via Twitter.

Grassley’s Twitter style is simplistic: he doesn’t tag people, rarely uses photos, doesn’t often retweet, and mostly just links to Instagram. But this looks like more of a case of using the wrong app and not just using Twitter badly, mostly because Kavanaugh doesn’t have a Twitter account.

Grassley has been tweeting about the potential hearing regarding Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations against Kavanaugh since Sept. 19, saying that he and his colleagues wanted to hear from her and would “treat this situation with the sensitivity it deserves.”

However, Grassley has continued to blame Senate Democrats for not bringing forward the issue earlier and dismissing the idea of initiating an FBI investigation into the charges.

Grassley also complained about not having heard from Ford regarding her potential Senate testimony.

Grassley had previously told Ford’s lawyer, Debra Katz, that Ford had until 10:00pm Friday to decide whether to testify. Katz said in an email released by the Washington Post’s Seung Min Kim that the deadline was intended “to bully Dr. Ford and deprive her of the ability to make a considered decision that has life-altering implications for her and her family.”

The new deadline is 2:30pm Saturday.

Update 2:02pm CT, Sept. 22Per the Washington Post, Dr. Ford will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

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*First Published: Sep 22, 2018, 9:48 am CDT