Where Did Christine Blasey Ford Go to High School?

Pauline Gross
September 19, 2018

Senators on both sides of the political aisle seemed to agree Tuesday that the sexual assault allegation from Professor Christine Blasey Ford against Judge Brett Kavanaugh ought to be discussed and included as part of the body of information lawmakers will use to inform their vote on Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination.

Senate Republicans hold a 51-49 majority and can not afford two or more Republicans voting against Kavanaugh's nomination unless they pick up votes from Democrats. "The Senate must recognize that investigations and public hearings are systemically stacked against survivors of sexual assault-in this case, shifting the burden from Kavanaugh, who has already lied to the Senate, to Ford, who has no reason to lie".

Debra S. Katz, Ford's attorney, said on NBC's "Today" that Ford was ready to testify publicly to the Judiciary panel, but she did not respond Monday evening to efforts to learn whether she would appear.

Nevertheless, Democrats continue to call for the FBI to investigate in the hopes it will put an indefinite hold on the vote for Kavanaugh's nomination, which has already been postponed.

On Monday there were no plans for the White House to withdraw Kavanaugh's nomination. "However, to provide ample transparency, we will hold a public hearing Monday to give these recent allegations a full airing".

Kavanaugh and Ford had each indicated earlier Monday a willingness to testify to the Judiciary committee.

Democrats are demanding that the FBI be given time to reopen its background investigation into Kavanaugh so it can check the assertions of Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Kavanaugh of assault.

Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, who is on the judiciary committee, said Republicans are "naturally" concerned about the optics of having only Republican men question Ford "because there's always a lot of prejudice in these matters".

"I have no memory of this alleged incident". Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Sen. Judge told the New York Times that Kavanaugh was a "brilliant student" who loved sports and was not "into anything insane or illegal".

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But the Justice Department said in a statement late Monday that the accusation against Kavanaugh "does not involve any potential federal crime". Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, also called for both to testify, saying he spoke to Kavanaugh by phone Monday.

Mr Kavanaugh, 53, says the allegation against him is "completely false". In July, Feinstein's office received a confidential letter from Ford detailing her accusations.

"What really bothers me and gets me so angry is that the White Wouse is victimizing this person", she said. While Republican senators and some Democrats have criticized Feinstein for keeping quiet about the claims until last week, Leahy said he would not "second-guess" his successor.

"What we were trying to do was get an investigation", Feinstein said.

According to the Washington Post, Ford, who had also contacted the newspaper in July, made a decision to go public after it became clear people were learning her identity. A half dozen women won Senate races that year and early in 1993.

Since then, allegations of sexual abuse have rocked numerous industries and professions including the media and political scene.

Thomas won confirmation by a vote of 52 to 48, with 11 Democrats supporting him in a Senate they controlled. Thomas denied the allegations. Former Vice President Joe Biden, then the committee chairman, told Teen Vogue magazine a year ago that he should have acted more thoroughly on Hill's accusations.

In a statement issued on Friday, Hill said: "I have seen firsthand what happens when such a process is weaponised against an accuser, and no one should have to endure that again".

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