State Sen. Cheryl Kagan (D-17) has written a letter to Gov. Larry Hogan (R) asking him to direct the Maryland State Police to investigate the sexual assault allegation against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Kagan said in her letter to Hogan that the governor should ask the state police to investigate the allegation, after President Donald J. Trump said he will not ask the FBI to explore the claim.
Palo Alto University psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford said that at a party 36 years ago, Kavanaugh forced himself on Ford and pinned her down on a bed against her will, rubbed himself on her and tried to pull her clothes off, before another boy jumped on both of them, allowing her to escape. At the time, Ford was a 15-year-old student at Holton-Arms, and Kavanaugh, was a 17-year student at Georgetown Prep.
“I’m hoping that Governor Hogan will stand up for Maryland women and understand the seriousness of an allegation like that,” Kagan said.
Since the allegation came to light and Ford made her claims public, the Senate Judiciary Committee has debated how to handle the claims. While both Republican and Democratic senators have said they want both Ford and Kavanaugh to testify before the committee, the details of the testimony are still being negotiated.
Ford, through her attorneys, has asked for an FBI investigation into her allegation, something that the President said he won’t do. He added in a tweet Thursday that she should have filed chargers when the incident happened 36 years ago.
“I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents,” Trump said in a tweet. “I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!”
In response, Kagan said that the Maryland State Police needs to investigate the allegation, given that the FBI is not likely to.
“She deserves the basic fairness she has been denied, and you have the power to give it to her because the assault allegedly occurred in Montgomery County, Maryland,” Kagan wrote to Hogan.
Rick Goodale, a public information officer with the Montgomery County Police Department, said there is no investigation into the alleged sexual assault because a victim has not come forward to file a report yet.
Amelia Chassé, a spokesperson for Hogan, said the Governor has not seen the letter yet, as his office has no record of receiving it.
“The Maryland State Police is free to investigate any matter in accordance with established procedures,” Chassé said. “The governor has never used the state police to pursue investigations at his personal whim. That is a very dangerous and slippery slope.”
Kagan said an investigation by the state police would be preferable to a MCPD investigation. because the state police have more resources and jurisdiction.
“Frankly, the Governor has the opportunity to direct the state police to investigate the allegation,” Kagan said. “They have more resources, and frankly, possibly more credibility because they are statewide.”
Greg Shipley, spokesman for the Maryland State Police’s Office of Media Communications, released the following statement: “It is the policy of the Maryland State Police to initiate a criminal investigation when a criminal complaint is filed. There has been no complaint filed with the Maryland State Police regarding this issue. In addition, the Maryland State Police has a memorandum of understanding with Montgomery County that requires any Part 1 crime to be investigated by the Montgomery County Police. As such it would be the responsibility of the Montgomery County Police to investigate an alleged sexual assault.”