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WASHINGTON — The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee says there’s no reason to delay Monday’s hearing to address sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. 

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley issued a statement after Christine Blasey Ford said she wouldn’t testify in a committee hearing until the FBI investigated her claims.  She accuses Kavanaugh of holding her down and groping her when they were both teenagers.  

Grassleysaid nothing the FBI does would have any bearing on what Ford tells the committee. 

Kavanaugh has denied the allegations and is planning to testify at the hearing.

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